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sconzey
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Icon 1 posted November 12, 2004 14:36      Profile for sconzey     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Summary for the lazy:Looking for Japanese recepies for a birthday suprise meal.

Detail: It's my S.O.'s birthday on December the 18th. (You may know Dogbert who frequented these forums a while ago)

Anyway, I've been giving it some thought, and as I'm a reasonable cook when I have a recepie to follow, I thought I'd cook her a meal. Knowing her as a Geek of Japan, I thought I'd cook her something Japanese.

A scan of the recepie books we have at home yielded nothing except a few seafood broths (she doesn't like seafood).

A google search yielded many recepies and sites full of information. Too many in fact.

Any favourites you like to reccomend?

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It depends on what she likes. Is she a vegitarian, or does she prefer dead animal flesh? Then what is her favorite stuff within it.

Here are a couple of my personal favs.

1. You must hand make teriyaki sauce, it's better that way.
2. Jasmine rice. OK it's not Japanese, but it's good. Or if you really have to go true Japanese get a bag of the Calrose rice. Wash it well there is a lot of talc in it.
3. Get a package of of Nori. You can get it pre-prepared.
4. Then stir fry some beef in the before mentioned teriyaki sauce. Or actually, in a tiny bit of sesame oil and add the sauce just at the end of the cooking process.
5. You can wrap the rice in with the Nori and add the beef to it. Nice simple and fulfilling. And you can add a miso soup to really set it off and don't forget the warm saki.

Too bad your SO doesn't care for seafood. There are some killer recipes for squid.

Oh and Pocky for dessert.

edit: too bad you don't want Korean recipes. Man I got a bunch of them.

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Icon 9 posted November 12, 2004 16:30      Profile for Serenak     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Sorry Sconzey

I can't really help you right now. I rate myself as a passable to good cook but I don't do Japanese.

My brother is a big Japanophile though, and he is is visiting me this weekend (allegedly - he's not always reliable in these matters). I'll see if he has any suggestons... Trouble is Nipponese cuisine is very big on seafood (and rice and noodles).

Also I think he cooks like me - less recipe driven and more "feel" for what is right in that cuisine. I'm told my Spag Bol is A1+ but I couldn't write down a specific "recipe" of how I cook it (if you know what I mean)

I guess fishless sushi/sashimi doesn't really cut it huh?

Any reasonable Japanese restaurants where you live?

[Smile]

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I would recommend the Food Network page. You can search by region, type (vegan/vegetarian/non-veg), and by difficulty of recipe.
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Chicken flavor instant ramen.

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Icon 1 posted November 13, 2004 13:30      Profile for sconzey     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Update: Thanks for the help. [Smile] Went out to House of Fraser today and bought some really nice wooden chopsticks and chopstick holders (my current ones are enormous plastic horribleness).

Just after I made the post, I found a great website. That gave details of layout and features of a Japanese meal and gave me a couple of ideas.

I think I'll try your beef suggestion, CommanderShroom, and thanks for clearing up the rice issue. I've never been able to find any sticky enough to pick up with chopsticks.

Serenak: Japanese Resteraunts are good, but this is a little for my own personal fulfillment. I don't cook enough and I feel as if I should more often. Doing this myself would add another dish or two to my repertoire.

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Icon 1 posted November 13, 2004 17:01      Profile for Serenak     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Hooray for you

didn't mean to put you down...

the more you cook the easier it gets,

like life in many ways, the more experiences you have the more reference points you have to work to...

Sticky rice... do we mean poorly cooked or do we mean the stuff that stops vampires? (magic warriors of zen mountain?)

PS too much vino to type coherently

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Icon 1 posted November 13, 2004 17:23      Profile for CommanderShroom     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by sconzey:
Update: Went out to House of Fraser today and bought some really nice wooden chopsticks and chopstick holders (my current ones are enormous plastic horribleness).

Definitely, a good set of chopsticks will make the meal. Don't forget to have a couple of the good spoons too. It may sound odd but those are the two most essential items for an Asian meal setting.


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I think I'll try your beef suggestion, CommanderShroom, and thanks for clearing up the rice issue. I've never been able to find any sticky enough to pick up with chopsticks.

The Calrose rice is the stuff. The way you normally prepare it is wash* it well then soak it overnight. That softens the rice enough to cook relatively quickly. When you cook it that way, it will stick to anything. I think you could use good asian rice to put plates back together.
[Wink]

Hope the dinner goes vell for you. I think she'll dig it.

*Oh, when I say wash I mean, put it in a container fill with warm water and sift your fingers through, drain and repeat until the water loses most of it's milky coler.

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Speaking of this subject, I went to a place in Toronto last weekend called "Memories of Japan".. it's this place where they do the cooking right in front of you. I had lobster tail, chicken, beef fried rice, sushi, and pop, and salad and the bill came to $29 CAD including tax. Pretty damned impressive.

The food was awesome. If anyone's ever in Toronto. Go there. Awesome. It's in the east end near the science centre.

And I am absolutely INCAPABLE of using chopsticks.. absolutely useless.

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quote:
Originally posted by drunkennewfiemidget:
... the bill came to $29 CAD including tax. Pretty damned impressive.

edited:That is pretty cheap. To get good sushi here my wife and I can easily spend $70+ for a dinner. That's why I haven't had sushi in a while.

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About sushi, a fish market near where I live has someone making sushis. It goes from the 6-pieces maki-sushi to 16-pieces assortment. The latter costs about CAD$20 when taxes factored in. So I indulge about once a week. [hearts]

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Another thing, the dashi for miso soup... Should I make it myself, or buy dried stock from a shop? I've even seen packets of ready-made miso soup on the shelves...

Also, do any of the UK-geeks know of a decent asian supermarket. I saw a few when I was in the 'states, and I know Jamie Oliver visited one in an episode of The Naked Chef, but does anyone know where one is? A google search didn't come up with much, scoot was useless (as usual), as was multimap (as I didn't have an address).

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quote:
in an episode of The Naked Chef
? What is this show?

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quote:
Originally posted by magefile:
quote:
in an episode of The Naked Chef
? What is this show?
He is a British chef who usually prepares simple meals for his friends. I don't know why they call him 'naked' because he is always clothed.... [crazy]
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quote:
Originally posted by sconzey:
Also, do any of the UK-geeks know of a decent asian supermarket. I saw a few when I was in the 'states, and I know Jamie Oliver visited one in an episode of The Naked Chef, but does anyone know where one is? A google search didn't come up with much, scoot was useless (as usual), as was multimap (as I didn't have an address).

Theres a hoopy chinese market in Leeds, behind Maplin if you're ever near there... [Smile]
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Sconzey,

Does there happen to an area with a larger subsection of Japanese? I don't know what it is like out there, but around here there are basically little enclaves. i.e. my mother went off and moved into Korea-town a couple of years ago. The title is unofficial, of course, so it is a section in downtown L.A. with a lot of buildings with Han-Gul writing ont the signs.

As far as the dashi, I think you are safe with the pre-prepped stuff. Though remember it will more than likely have some type of fish in it. Sconzey, Japanese cooking is hard to do without fish. Man they live on a friggin' island. [Big Grin]

edit: Let me add a smiley here. I just re-read the thing. I was trying to be humorous but it looked rather rude, now that I have more caffeine in me.

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Yeah, thanks, I've already enlightened myself on the various types of dashi. I have planned a vegetarian-safe kelp dashi. If I can't get stock for that I may have to make it myself.
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They call him the 'naked chef' because he 'strips down' recipes to their 'bare essentials'.

He doesn't at any point ever get naked. (I hope.)

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quote:
Originally posted by sconzey:
Also, do any of the UK-geeks know of a decent asian supermarket. I saw a few when I was in the 'states, and I know Jamie Oliver visited one in an episode of The Naked Chef, but does anyone know where one is? A google search didn't come up with much, scoot was useless (as usual), as was multimap (as I didn't have an address).

Which county do you live in?
Try Wing Yip it is an oriental cash and carry/supermarket. Most large towns and cities have oriental stores, it is just a case of tracking them down. Now if you were living in Brighton or Hove I could give you a whole load of them.

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Steam up some edamame as an appetizer. It is an edible soybean and is quite delish. People usually put the pods in thier mouth and shell out the beans with their teeth. The pods themselves are diffucult to digest. It's also high in protein, and very healthy (especally compared to potato skins or chicken quesadillas).

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quote:
Originally posted by fanboy_uk:
quote:
Originally posted by sconzey:
Also, do any of the UK-geeks know of a decent asian supermarket.
--snip--

Which county do you live in?
Try Wing Yip it is an oriental cash and carry/supermarket. Most large towns and cities have oriental stores, it is just a case of tracking them down. Now if you were living in Brighton or Hove I could give you a whole load of them.

I live in Wiltshire... I have some friends who live in Japan now, but they used to live in Bath, which is very close, so I guess there's something there. Anyone know any specifics?

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I don't know about Wiltshire, but there are some really good ones in and around ChinaTown near London's Leicester Square and also up here in Newcastle. (mmmmmm Calbee BBQ Crisps [Smile] )

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