Tuesday, June 8, 2010

taco rice : タコライス

obaachan has now gone home to the land of the rising sun.
with a very limited english vocabulary i was pretty proud of obaachan helping us out with some basic errands while she was here.
i taught her how to take the subway to and from our apartment to the local japanese supermarket.
the other day she trotted off to the supermarket with a mission.
her mission: to buy some plain natural yoghurt.
sounds pretty easy-peasy but when you are used to seeing the word for "yoghurt" looking like this: "ヨーグルト", it does make matters a little more challenging.

a few nappy changes later and obaachan returns home with a bag full of goodies.
as i helped her unpack i noticed a pot of sour cream.
what's this? i asked.
natural plain yoghurt right?


must say, if you can't read english i could so see how a pot of yoghurt and a pot of sour cream looks so similar!
as sour cream is not a common ingredient in japanese cuisine i said not to worry, i'll find some way to use it.

decided to make a popular dish in okinawa; taco rice (タコライス).
basically it's like the mexican taco dish but the filling is served on a bed of rice rather than wrapped up in a tortilla.
and only a dollop of sour cream is needed mind you (what am i gonna do with all the left over sour cream!?)

so i scored brownie points for making dinner (and washing up!) but the next morning k-chan woke up with stomach cramps...
sh*t (no pun intended), i'm fine so it couldn't really have been my taco rice which caused her to visit the ladies room so often, could it?


Luuworld said...

mmm. looks great! never heard about the dish, but i'm sure i'd love it! because i love sour cream!! in my view you can put sour cream on almost anything. i even tried it on a salmon nigiri two weeks ago. it worked! haha.

you're lucky to have such a sweet and caring mother in law :)

GL said...


I've been craving for these since I left the island (but I haven't had any intentions to make some on my own).


pascale said...

It looks so good!
So you are a good cook too! :D
You must be, otherwise why would you go buy pots, haha.

check this out:

good luck!

Life for Beginners said...

Now that's an inventive way of taking care of the sour cream. Hope your K-Chan is fine now. :)

gingerbee said...

Taco Rice. Mmmm...sour cream...:D

Hey, if ever you and k-chan want something from the Philippines for your little kou-chan, do let me know. i'd be more than happy to send it over! :D

world of sekimachihato said...

* Luuworld
go you and your fried foods or cheesy foods! sour cream is pretty good though aye.

yeah, i know of a few people with shocking mother-in-laws... i should thank my lucky stars!

world of sekimachihato said...

* GL

っていうか、GL(さん)は沖縄出身でしょ? こういうのを作ってくれないのか?!

world of sekimachihato said...

* pascale
shopping for pots and cooking are two different things for me.
i love shopping but i often don't enjoy cooking...
i have my reasons though!

will have to check out mixi, haven't used it for a while.

world of sekimachihato said...

* Life for Beginners
i'm sure there are some fun ways of using sour cream, but this was the safest way to make a dent in the pot.

a little birdie tells me you are traveling yet again.
looking forward to some more interesting tales of adventure!

world of sekimachihato said...

* gingerbee
yes, mmm, sour cream.
one of those "don't look at the calories" indulgence foods.

and thanks for offering to send something to kou-chan but i have no idea!! better you save your cash and maybe pop over to hong kong one of these days.

Gaijin Wife said...

I have a great mother in law - hope you're not referring to me :) Yeah right.

That dinner looks fabulous and I am now set on going out to find some sour cream. I think I have to go three towns over but nevermind.

Baked spuds with cheese, spring onions and sour cream...
Likewise, big mother wedges with salsa and sour cream...

god, how is a girl sposed to diet aye?

world of sekimachihato said...

* Gaijin Wife
oh your mother-in-law is a real charmer! hope you are thanking your lucky stars too!
and seriously you wouldn't drive three towns away to buy sour cream would you?
but with baked spuds.... mmm

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