an american in japan

This is a guest post from my first foreign correspondent, my son, Ty.  Ty has been studying in Japan for the past 7 months.  At 16, he is already a very accomplished cook!  His hash browns are to die for, he can cook up a mean steak and he’s also an accomplished pasta and rice-ball maker!  Here’s his recipe for steak and cheese!  Thanks Ty!  You’re awesome!

ty's steak & cheese awesomeness!

It’s my sixth month in Japan, and I have started to develop a serious craving for American food. One of my favorite foods in the world is the Steak and Cheese–so I fired up the grill and made this delicious and simple sandwich for myself and my host family.

Serves 3(about):

300 grams (about 10 ounces) of Delicious Beef, thinly sliced. If you live near an Asian supermarket, you can get pre-sliced meat for either Korean BBQ or sukiyaki. Go with the sukiyaki beef, if you can, it tends to be a little more flavorful and tender.

1 Large red bell pepper, thinly sliced.

1 large golden onion. Cut the onion into slices about a centimeter thick.

1 or 2 slices of cheese per person, to taste. Provolone for a fancy sandwich, cheap American for a greasy diner sandwich–I prefer American.

1 long sandwich roll

One side of your grill should be hot, the other should be warm. I piled the charcoal on only one side of the grill to do this.

First, grill the peppers and onions in a little bit of olive oil–make sure that they’re cooked, but are still crunchy. Set them to warm side of the grill after you’re done.

Next, grill the steak to taste. I like it a little pink, but as a rule you should always cook it a little less than you normally do, because you’ll have to:

Throw your cheese slices over the steak, and your veggies over the cheese. Let the cheese get soft, then mix everything together and let the cheese get liquidy.

I don’t like to toast the bread, but if you want to the best time would be in between the veggie step and the steak step.

Put everything between the bread and serve hot.

The best thing about this sandwich is that it’s wicked easy and you can throw just about anything you want into it with no hassle. Some suggestions:
Jalapenos, Mushrooms, Tomato, Kimchi…etc etc.

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One Response to an american in japan

  1. pegleeco says:

    Ty ,I am surprised it has taken this long for you to crave some favorite american dishes! We will try this soon…

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