Genmai okayu, brown rice brunch soup

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Okayu, rice porridge. An many pickles. It’s simple, colorful, feeling and very tasty.
I had a cold, not much appetite. That was perfect.

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Umeboshi, salty plum, with the red shiso that comes together.

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Aka kabu, red Kyoto turnip tsukemono.

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Cornichons à l’estragon, with the onion from the same jar. Behind, a few capers.

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Toasted abrura-age (fried tofu) and 2 sesames.

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All the topping are ready.

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And the rice. Just good brown rice, longly simmered in water.

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Yakisoba with eringii and abura-age

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Today, yakisoba, the Japanese version of Chinese fried noodles. Well, that’s my version of it… well, one of them. See others at the end of this post.

Yakisoba is fast-food normally. It’s often sold cheaply on street stalls, at festivals and the teppanyaki (hot plate) shops propose it too. The basic version is made mostly with :

-chuka soba (fresh Chinese noodles that are sold fresh and cooked, they look like thick spaghetti and if you have none, cooked thick spaghetti can be used)
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That’s why we said it’s fried noodles, no mystery. And low amounts of :

-cabbage (cut in big squares)
-additional veggies (cut in thin slices), few and cheap ones (bean sprouts, onion, carrot, some kind of leeks…)
-a little raw meat (thin slices of pork), or cheap seafood, or ham…
-sauce (specific sauce or thickened Worcester sauce or a mix of Worcester + ketchup…), plus additional ketchup or mayo if you want
-pickled ginger, toppings…

My version uses what I have in my fridge, and it’s usually healthier.

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So, I had abura age (fried tofu) as meat.

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A few Eringi mushrooms as meat too.


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I first toasted the abura-age (fried tofu pockets), set aside. Then with a little garlic and ginger : onion, eringi mushrooms, green papaya, cabbage and shishito green peppers. To the veggies, I’ve added fresh Chinese noodles (chuka soba), sauce (Bulldog).

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I’ve added the abura-age to the rest. I have about half of veggies, less than one third of noodles. That’s how I like it.

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On top, a little more sauce, shichimi togarashi (7 spice mix) and cut green negi leeks.

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casual

mizuna

healthy

shahan (Chinese)

lettuce

buckwheat soba

Green papaya Spring rolls

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Fresh fruity salad Spring rolls.

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A green papaya from… the North. It’s produced in Aichi prefecture. Well, with these long hot Summers, they can easily grow tropical fruits.

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As you can see, the fruit “sweats” a milky liquid. I was surprised to find so few grains in it.

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Cress greens, cucumber sticks, the grated papaya (mixed with kabosu lime juice). The powder is sesame, goji berries and a little salt.

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Wrapped in rice paper.

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Served with sweet chili sauce.

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As a side : abura age (fried tofu pockets) filled with kurigohan (chestnut rice), then toasted.

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Easy little carbonade, with early Autumn market’s basket…

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The inspiration is the Belgian dish carbonade flamande, a beef stew with dark beer. It’s hugely adapted to my local ingredients. I had that alcohol free beer to finish and some frozen beef meat leftover. And season’s produce waiting to be cooked. All that took us away from the rich original Winter dish, but that’s ideal for now as weather is hot (versus sooo hot before).

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I’ve started by pan-frying a sliced onion till they get a golden color. Added beef thinly cut (2/3 defrost), a chunk of kurozato black sugar, thyme, a little fresh ginger, a piece of dry chili pepper and 2/3 of a can of beer (alcohol free). Covered. Let 15 minutes on low heat. The meat is so thin that it cuts very quickly.

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I’ve added croutons made of toasted abura age (fried tofu pockets) with mustard spread on it, a little water, salt, pepper. Let 15 more minutes.

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Served with more croutons and thyme on top. And I had veggies :

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Small long satsuma imo sweet potatoes.

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I steamed them with kabocha pumpkin and small potatoes.

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Freshly boiled black edamame.

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Asian breakfast : salmon okayu

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Second morning of okayu rice porridge with the leftover cooke for the umeboshi okayu

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The base is the same : brown rice + cooked aka endomame red peas + a little salt.

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Grilled salted salmon.

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With the salmon, I’ve toasted a few abura age (fried tofu). To make croutons for a Fall salad, with figs :

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The fish on top of the rice, with sesame seeds and shikwasa lime.

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Deconstructed inari soba and 4 treasure mozuku soup

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Inari-zushi are sushi in little pockets like this (click). I wanted to make a variation , inari soba, with soba noodles instead of rice but I made a technical mistake, so the taste is here, delicious, but the shape, not at all… The second dish is a seaweed and veggie soup.

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Abura-age (fried tofu) simmered in a broth of soy sauce, paprika, with a little chili and garlic.
MY MISTAKE : I forgot to open the pockets before simmering. And later, that was… impossible without tearing all apart.

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I’ve salted slightly and mixed with fresh soba buckwheat noodles (boiled 1 minute, then cooled in iced water, drained).

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So I’ve placed the noodles on top of the pockets. The project was to fill them.

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Fresh edamame from kuromame (black soy beans)

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You need to cook them. It’s possible to rub the pods with salt and boil them that way, or to open as I did.

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Inspired from a Chinese soup. I’ve cooked green and black edamame, dices of kabocha pumpkin and slices of okra. I’ve added sea salt and mozuku seaweed to the cooled broth. A few slices of sudachi lime bring fruity acidity.

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Mixed baby leaves, plus mitsuba and cherry tomatoes.

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My lunch !

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Tsukemen (dipping noodles)

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つけ麺 tsukemen, that’s noodles unseasoned (often chilled) served with a tsuyu (dipping soup). As that’s much lighter than noodles served in the soup, it’s a common Summer dish.

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Chuka soba or ramen (Chinese noodles). I buy them fresh and cooked, but they need a refreshing. I pass them 1 minute in boiling water, then refresh in ice water. And serve. That changes totally the texture.

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Fresh traditional style miso. I’ve used it for the onion miso tsuyu

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It’s very simple. I cut 1/2 onion, grated 1/4, added very little water and cooked till onions changed of color, added the miso and iced water to refresh.

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Garnishing items : goya (sliced bitter squash), mitsuba leaves, cut negi leeks and abura-age (fried tofu). It’s Kyoto style abura-age, delicious just like that.

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