Octopuscarwash's Gourmet Adventures

I live to eat. Yes, I am an Asian Jew. My favorite meal is breakfast (oatmeal in particular). I'm only in high school, so I am a complete amateur. Some of my favorite cuisines are Middle Eastern, Moroccan, Japanese and Korean. I eat so much Chinese food that it's hard to say whether I like it or not... all I know is that I don't like what most of America seems to think of as Chinese food, Panda Express. I'm a pescetarian and love coming up with my own healthy fusion food.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Japanese for One

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I must say, I'm excited. I have virtually no experience cooking Japanese food, but since my parents and uncle went out to Chinatown for dinner and I was in the mood, I decided to try my hand at it. Here's what was on the menu (I added a twist to both items):february 085

Salmon and Green Tea rice (I subbed the rest of our smoked trout, since the recipe called for salted salmon fillets anyway). Basically, I heated leftover brown rice, brewed a pot of green tea (leaves, not bags, thank you very much), chopped up the trout and a few umeboshi plums, poured the tea over the rice, then topped that with nori and a little bit of wasabi.february 088

Gomae (usually with spinach, but i used rainbow chard). You blanch the greens, then squeeze out the liquid and serve them with a sesame dressing (I used Chinese sesame paste, soy sauce, and a little honey, diluted with water).

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I didn't intend for this to be such a fancy (ish) meal, but I got a little carried away.

The verdict? Well, the gomae was DIVINE... it really tasted like it does in restaurants, and I couldn't believe how easy it was. I also can't believe I ate an entire bunch of chard BY MYSELF.

As for the green tea rice (I hope it doesn't keep me up late-- I just realized how strong that tea was), it seemed to get worse every bite. It's not to say it was bad-- in fact, the first bite was divine, especially because I love soupy rice. The problem is that I let the tea steep for WAY too long... it was impossibly bitter, and the wasabi didn't help much. In fact, I didn't feel it needed wasabi at all. My wasabi was also that crap that comes out of a tube. It's definitely an idea I'm going to play with, but I couldn't even eat half of it!

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