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After enjoying some hydrangea in north Tokyo (Hakusan shrine), this Korean lunch was heartily and cheerfully consumed.
Very filling! Brought back memories of when we did volunteer work in Korea. I'm a big fan of kimchi so was happy to chow down on it every day. And the bibimba was awesome!
I could not eat sashimi or even sushi when I first came here. Soon after arriving, I went to a sushi place with a friend and a couple of people who had been here a year already. They were chowing down on plates of sushi and I was frantically searching for something on the conveyor belt that I could swallow. One of them said to me, "Did you know you were coming to Japan?" But now... now I can't get enough of it! Best I ever tasted was in Hokkaido. Melt-in-the-mouth sushi.
Our two sons love sashimi and will eat 3 or 4 bowls of rice when I buy it. There is always the inevitable pinch of the nose as we get the "Wasabi Hits"!
I had this for lunch after a bit of hiking around Miura Kaigan. The "don" is the style of a bowl of rice with something atop (gyu-don is beef on rice, oyako-don is egg & chicken on rice), and the kai-sen is basically fresh sea food. Of course, absolutely delicious!
Sadly, the izakayas of Japan remain mostly shut, or if they are open, are not serving alcohol, which is kinda half the experience of these Japanese eateries. So I whipped up a few dishes in the home kitchen. Click on the pictures for the link to the recipes.
I am a big lover of daikon (Japanese radish). It has so many uses and is very cheap considering how big the things are! This recipe uses the broth of oden, a must-eat food in winter.
This was extremely easy to make, but didn't turn out quite as I'd hoped in terms of presentation. My wife suggested blow-torching the top to get a better colour, a la creme brulee. Tasted fine, though.
Japanese pickles. I could eat these till the cows come home. I cheated here and bought a bottle of tsukemono "juice". Cut up the vegetables, pop them in a Zip-Loc, pour in the juice, and then leave in the fridge for an hour. So crunchy, so tasty, so healthy! The link will take you to an excellent Japanese cooking site.
Ideally, you'd do this on a grill, but I simply seared it in a frying-pan. Be sure to buy the sashimi-kind, and also shin-tamanegi ("new onion"??) and green negi. Delicious!