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Simple Demiglace Sauce Recipe

Our beloved Hayami Mokomichi isn’t getting much screen time in Kinkyuu Torishirabeshitsu (Kintori) and we all know that Moco loves to cook, so I decided to translate this simple demiglace sauce recipe from the Lunch Queen Jdrama recipe book which stars the lovely Takeuchi Yuko!

US standard measurements are approximated. If you want more precision, go with the metric measurements.

Enjoy and post pictures!
I’ll be making this soon. :)
Also here’s the original recipe in Japanese.

Simple Demiglace Sauce
Simple yet delicious demiglace sauce inspired by the Japanese drama, Lunch no Joou (Lunch Queen).
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 15 min
  1. 1 diced onion
  2. 1/2 a diced carrot
  3. 1 stalk of diced celery
  4. 3 whole garlic cloves halved
  1. 100g of bacon
  1. 3/4 cup (200ml) of red wine
  2. 2 1/2 cups (600ml or 1 can) of demiglace sauce
  3. 1 3/4 cups (400ml) chicken/beef broth or from bouillon cubes
  4. 1/2 cup (100ml) of ketchup
  5. 3 1/2 tbsp (50ml) of Worcestershire sauce
  6. Salt and pepper season to taste
  7. A drizzle of canola oil for browning
  1. Dice the onion, carrot, and celery.
  2. Cut the bacon in chunks.
  3. Slice the garlic cloves in half.
  1. Add a drizzle of canola oil to a medium-sized pot on medium heat.
  2. Just as the oil gets hot, add the bacon and cook until you can smell the bacon aroma (about 3 minutes).
  3. Add the prepped veggies (onion, carrot, celery, garlic) into the pot.
  4. Continue to sauté the veggies until brown on medium heat.
Wine time
  1. Add the red wine and simmer on low heat until half of the wine has evaporated.
Nothing wrong if it's from a can
  1. Add the demiglace sauce and bouillon or beef/chicken broth. It's okay to use demiglace sauce from a can.
Simmer time
  1. Now simmer the mixture for 30-40 minutes until the sauce is thick.
Finishing off
  1. Scoop out the vegetables and bacon with a ladle and place into a chinois or strainer.
  2. Mash the vegetables in the chinois/strainer over the pot to squeeze out more goodness.
  3. By removing the vegetables and bacon and mashing it, we're creating a smooth sauce.
  4. Now add the ketchup, Worcestershire sauce and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  1. This yields 20 ounces or 600ml.
  2. US standard measurements are approximated. If you want more precision, go with the metric measurements.
  3. Serve over protein like a steak with some veggies or for a Japanese-style experience, serve over omurice (omelet rice) or a hamburg steak.
Adapted from Lunch no Joou Recipe Book
Adapted from Lunch no Joou Recipe Book

[Fansub] Kinkyuu Torishirabeshitsu

Jump to: Synopsis | Cast | Fansub Details | RAWs | Softsubs | Cultural/Translation Notes

It looks like the people have spoken and they want to see Kinkyuu Torishirabeshitsu subbed! Amami Yuki’s old Jdrama, Last Present, was voted 2nd too! I’m seriously considering subbing Last Present as well, so stay tuned for that. Please seed Last Present if you can. :)

Here’s some more details about the Jdrama, Kinkyuu Torishirabeshitsu. I will also be posting cultural and translation notes here.

Kinkyuu Torishirabeshitsu
Emergency Interrogation Room

Official Site | Drama Wiki | Jdramas Link


Makabe Yukiko, the head of the Special Investigation Team’s Third Section, prides herself on her superior negotiation skills. She tries to convince a criminal who is holding a bus hostage. However, an unanticipated situation arises and she fails. Yukiko is held fully responsible and is ordered to transfer to the Emergency Investigation Response Team, which goes by the name of Kintori. The director, Kajiyama Katsutoshi, whom she has always not got along well with, heads the Kintori. It is a professional team of outstanding interrogators put together to carry out interrogations, particularly for cases that are deemed important. Yukiko embarks on a new chapter at the Kintori surrounded by idiosyncratic veterans Hishimoto Susumu, Nakata Zenjiro, Koishikawa Haruo. She also determines the truth of an unsolved case deeply linked to her past –by jadefrost

Amami Yuki as Makabe Yukiko
Tanaka Tetsushi as Kajiyama Katsutoshi
Hayami Mokomichi as Watanabe Tetsuji
Suzuki Kosuke as Kenmotsu Daijiro
Sasai Eisuke as Soma Kazunari
Kusakari Masao as Gohara Masanao
Denden as Hishimoto Susumu
Osugi Ren as Nakata Zenjiro
Kohinata Fumiyo as Koishikawa Haruo

Fansub Details:
Translator: amrayu
Timing courtesy of: http://jpsubbers.x10.mx/Japanese-Subtitles/

1280×720.mp4 version retimed by amrayu and uploaded by micehell :)

I won’t be providing retimed subs for other formats. If someone wants to volunteer, PM me and I can repost them to the D-Addicts thread.

Softsub Downloads:
Box: Ep 01 Ep 02 Ep 03 Ep 04 Ep 05 Ep 06 Ep 07 Ep 08 Ep 09 (Finale)

Cultural and Translation Notes:

Episode 01:
ノミの心臓 (Nomi no shinzou): Literally means, the heart/spirit of a flea. This is used to describe someone who is lacking courage.

Jdrama Winter 2014 Fansub Project

I’m running a poll here to let you guys vote on my next potential Jdrama fansub project. It will be softsubbed and released on D-addicts and my blog–same deal as Danda Rin which I subbed last season.

Based on the Jdrama fansub map, I’m only considering projects that haven’t been subbed yet. I’m starting this poll because I haven’t made up my mind yet. Please feel free to recommend projects as well. :)

***NOTE: If you’re voting “Other”, be sure to type a name of a Jdrama!***

Update 1/26/14:
Thanks for the awesome response and taking the time to vote!
It looks like Kinkyuu overwhelmingly won, so I’ll start translating that now.
It’s also surprising to see an old Jdrama called Last Present was voted 2nd. I’m seriously considering this project and I’m currently downloading the RAWs from D-addicts. Since the torrent was uploaded quite some time ago, seeders are lacking… so please seed if you can!

This poll is closed! Poll activity:
start_date 24/01/2014 11:24:19
end_date 26/01/2014 11:05:43
Poll Results:
Which Jdrama would you like to see subbed for Winter 2014?

[Fansub] Danda Rin~Roudou Kijun Kantokukan

Jump to: Synopsis | Cast | Fansub Details | RAWs | Softsubs | Cultural/Translation Notes

I should really be studying for the JLPT N3 test, but somehow I got involved in translating the new Takeuchi Yuko Jdrama this season. T_T

This isn’t a project of the SARS-Fansubs group since I’m working on this myself. The subs will be very barebones with timings shifted, lines joined, and some signage translated. I don’t have much time as it is and this way I can just concentrate on the translations. :)

I decided to translate this drama because it seemed that no one was going to pick it up. Three episodes have aired already and still no takers. I’m also a very big fan of Takeuchi Yuko!

Here’s some more details about the Jdrama, Danda Rin~Roudou Kijun Kantokukan. I will also be posting cultural and translation notes here.

Danda Rin~Roudou Kijun Kantokukan
Danda Rin~Labor Standards Inspector

Drama Wiki Link


Labor Standards Inspectors… are you aware of their existence? For the sake of the 52 million actively employed people across the nation, the government had set up this body to help ensure that there is safety at workplaces. Danda Rin, is an example of a very diligent and strict inspector. She doesn’t compromise when it comes to the rules.
The story opens with the transfer of Danda Rin to the new Labor Standards Inspector office. “She had caused her boss at her ex-office to go bald!!” is the rumor that accompanies her to her new office. Danda Rin is someone who doesn’t do things in half measures, which is totally unlike the laidback male colleagues in the office. “Unpaid overtime”, “Managers in name only”, “Power harassment by managers”; these are all the things she fights against! –by NTV

Takeuchi Yuko as Danda Rin
Matsuzaka Tori as Minamisanjo Kazuya
Kitamura Kazuki as Doteyama Ikuo
Kazama Shunsuke as Kurumisawa Umi
Mizuhashi Kenji as Onda Yuji
Triendl Reina as Komiya Ruriko
Oshima Yoko as Ota Masako
Kaku Chikako as Aiba Hiromi
Nishida Naomi as Konno Midori
Ishino Mako as Minanisanjo Kyoko
Ohkura Koji as Tanaka Shoji
Sano Shiro as Manabe Shigeo

Fansub Details:
Translator: amrayu
Timing courtesy of: http://jpsubbers.x10.mx/Japanese-Subtitles/

848×480 x264

*Re-synced timings for various RAW versions*
Episodes 1-5:
YYeTs version re-timed by amrayu
Episodes 6-11:
1280×720.mp4 re-timed by amrayu

(Thanks to these kind people for re-syncing and posting!)
Episodes 1-4:
848×480 x264 version re-synced by kangxy67
Episode 5-11:
704×396-YYeTs version re-synced by ailahai (also syncs to other YYeTs resolutions)
Episode 8:
848×480 x264 version re-synced by micehell

I won’t be providing retimed subs for other formats. If someone wants to volunteer, PM me and I can repost them to the D-Addicts thread.

Softsub Downloads:
Download from the D-Addicts thread
Batched Softsub Downloads:
Danda Rin Roudou Kijun Kantokukan Ep01-11 Complete 1280×720.zip
Danda Rin Roudou Kijun Kantokukan Ep01-11 Complete YYeTs.zip
Danda Rin Roudou Kijun Kantokukan Ep01-11 Complete 848×480.zip

Cultural and Translation Notes:
Episode 1:
Danda Rin recites a passage from a poem. “Over the mountains, far to travel, people say, Happiness dwells.”

This is originally a German poem written by Carl Hermann Busse, and titled “Über den Bergen” which can be read here.

Radetzkymarsch (Radetzky March), Op. 228, is a march composed by Johann Strauss Sr. in 1848. It was dedicated to the Field Marshal Joseph Radetzky von Radetz, and became quite a popular march among soldiers.

Mothra (モスラ) is a fictional monster like Godzilla.

Episode 2:
Morning calisthenics (or radio calisthenics) is a daily ritual in Japan.
Read more about it at Tofugu.com.

Seven Samurai[1] (七人の侍 Shichinin no Samurai?) is a 1954 Japanese period adventure drama film co-written, edited, and directed by Akira Kurosawa. The film takes place in 1587 during the Warring States Period of Japan. It follows the story of a village of farmers that hire seven masterless samurai (ronin) to combat bandits who will return after the harvest to steal their crops.
(Taken from Wikipedia)

G-Men ’75 (Gメン’75 G Men nanajūgo?) was a long-running prime-time television detective series in Japan. It aired on Saturday nights in the 9:00–9:54 p.m. time slot on the Tokyo Broadcasting System (TBS) network from May 24, 1975 to April 3, 1982. A sequel, G-Men ’82, followed, as did various specials. With several updates and cast changes, it included 355 episodes.
The story revolved around an investigative organ, the G-Men. The principal character, who spanned the entire series (and continued into the sequel and specials), was Superintendent Kuroki. Portrayed by Tetsuro Tamba, Kuroki directed the members of the group.
(Taken from Wikipedia)

I think they are referring to the Japanese drama starring Kimura Takuya.
Kuryu Kohei is a young public prosecutor who gets transferred to a division in Tokyo from Hokkaido. Kuryu is unlike a typical prosecutor; he refuses to wear a suit and tie, opting for casual clothing, his trademark brown parka and stylish boots. He looks and behaves more like a Generation X slacker. He is known for always buying bizarre items from infomercials and the home shopping network. Kuryu is a high-school dropout who was falsely accused of a crime – cleared only by a public prosecutor who took the time to research the facts. He then takes his high school equivalency, studies for the bar exam and passes with flying colours.
(Taken from Wikipedia)

The stories revolve around the office ladies (OL) of General Administration Section 2 (Shomu ni, or GA-2) in a large multinational company called Manpan Corporation.
(Taken from Wikipedia)

Kurosawa is a reference to influential director, Kurosawa Akira.

Akira Kurosawa (Japanese: 黒澤 明[1] Hepburn: Kurosawa Akira?, March 23, 1910 – September 6, 1998) was a Japanese film director, screenwriter, producer, and editor. Regarded as one of the most important and influential filmmakers in the history of cinema, Kurosawa directed 30 films[note 1] in a career spanning 57 years.
(Taken from Wikipedia)

First Bites: Japanese Drama “Strawberry Night”

[box type=”info” size=”medium” title=”What are First Bites?” url=””]Welcome to First Bites–posts of my first impressions based on first episodes of dramas. I’ll start off with a little bit of an introduction of the drama, then sprinkle in some commentary and thoughts, then end it with a final thought. I’ll keep these previews short and sweet. So many dramas, so little time… right?!

Note: May contain spoilers![/box]

Strawberry Night starring Takeuchi Yuko, Nishijima Hidetoshi, Koide Keisuke and Takeda Tetsuya.

Strawberry Night marks Takeuchi Yuko’s first foray into the crime suspense genre. This full drama series first started off as a book, then became a special back in 2010. Takeuchi Yuko is Himekawa Reiko, a high-ranking female police officer with Tokyo’s Metropolitan Police Department. Himekawa deals with sexism on a daily basis being the only female on her squad, but her subordinates and several colleagues have the utmost respect for her. Each episode of the drama focuses on a case and its involved parties.

Takeuchi Yuko brings an intensity to the complex character Himekawa Reiko.

Himekawa Reiko is single and is constantly harassed by her mother to marry.

The first episode followed a case where a drunk man was sliced in half on the train tracks. During the course of the investigation, animals and a couple of other things were found sliced in half in perfect symmetry including another man who was stabbed twice in the chest. The flashback scenes with the killer were artistically shot in a sepia tone which created a dark chilling mood. Takeuchi Yuko does a great job of playing straight-laced Himekawa Reiko–who is battling her own demons.

Hey! It's Godai from the Maison Ikkoku Live-Action drama specials!

Himekawa Reiko and her crew.

I highly recommend watching the special first since you’ll learn valuable background information related to Himekawa. After watching the first episode, I felt it lacked some of the suspense and raw gritty feeling of the special. But what draws me to this drama is Himekawa’s sense of justice and her initial motivation to become a detective.

A flashback from the killer's past.

[box type=”comment” size=”medium” title=”First Bite of Strawberry Night” url=””]
Lacks some suspense and fervor from the special, but Takeuchi Yuko’s first time portraying a detective shouldn’t be missed.

Is it a keeper?
Yup! Keeping my eyes peeled for more episodes.[/box]


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