Hanami Tiffins

It's April and that means sakura (cherry blossom) season here in Japan. And sakura season means hanami (flower viewing) picnics under the blooming cherry trees. We joined the Georgetown University Alumni Club of Japan for their annual intercollegiate hanami at Komaba Park in Meguro-ku, with other alumni clubs such as Brown and Princeton, to name a few. It gave me a chance to use my new tiffins that Peter bought in Vietnam a few months back. I packed ume musubi (pickled plum rice balls), grilled miso marinated chicken, lemongrass meatballs, kabocha (Japanese pumpkin) potato salad and fruit. It was a beautiful day for a picnic under the trees in full bloom. Enjoy the sakura spring!


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Lemongrass Meatballs

Makes about 20 small patties

495g ground beef and ground pork

1 garlic clove, chopped

1 tablespoon chopped ginger

1 egg

2 tablespoons finely chopped lemongrass

2 tablespoons chopped cilantro

2 tablespoons chopped mint

2 tablespoons chopped scallion

Zest of 1 lime

Salt and pepper

Cooking Process:

Mix all ingredients together and form into small oval patties. In a frying pan, heat about 1 tablespoon of canola oil and fry patties over medium low heat. Cover pan. When the undersides are brown, flip the patties over and continue cooking, covered. Cook until patties are nicely browned cooked through.

How to Serve:

Serve with lime wedges.


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