Sunday, January 16, 2011

Cooking With Dog: My Favorite Cooking Show

So Cooking With Dog is a cooking show on Youtube that focuses mainly on Japanese dishes.  The show consists of a Japanese woman who cooks with a tiny poodle watching over her as a cook.  A narrator who sounds a lot like Ken Tanaka from "Help Me Find My Parents".  It's quickly become my favorite cooking show for many reasons.  1, it's very informative.  Sometimes when I watch it, the narrator with explain exactly what it is your using.  For example, he will explain that "dango" is a redbean treat the Japanese use in sweeter dishes.  Or he'll explain a short amount of information of what is about to be made. 

2, it's prompt.  I really dislike the cooking shows on television for the simple fact that the shows take too long due to the commericials or talking or preparation time, it takes away from it all and usually doesn't make it very entertaining.  On Cooking With Dog, the episodes usually last anywhere from 5-8 minutes.  If you think about it, you can watch 5-7 episodes of Cooking With Dog before watching an entire episode of a random cooking show on the Food Network.  Cooking With Dog finds a way to show how to properly prepare the dish quickly without taking away from the quality of the video or making you want to watch the video again because you felt something wasn't explained well enough. 

3, it's resource able.  While most youtube cooking sites just show you what you need to do to make the dish, but leave you with no recipe, Cooking With Dog always posts the entire recipe in the description for you to copy and paste or print out.  This to some may seem minute, but it's very good food for some who can't always get to a computer with internet.

I have made a few dishes from the show and have learned that with some of the dishes, it may take some practice to get them right.  But it's very easy to pick up on and every dish I've made weather it came out looking right or not, was always delicious!

A big downfall with Cooking With Dog is that most of ingredients used in the videos are very hard to find due to the fact that you can only find them in Asian supermarkets.  So if you want to get into the dishes, you might want to watch some videos first and then make up a separate grocery list for an Asian supermarket.  I'm lucky to live pretty close to one but I know for a fact that this isn't the case for everyone.  You can probably find some of the ingredients online if you look hard enough. 

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