Warm mushroom soba soup

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The weather is getting a little chilly. The time of warm soup is back. The official season of sake kasu is open, even if I didn’t wait.

Asian cuisines are very careful about seasons of dishes. You’ll say that’s everywhere that wise people try to eat season produce. True, but they have kept a concern that was important in European Medieval cuisines and has since been neglected, which is the effect of food, whether they are cooling or warming. So these are two food said to be “warming” :

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Sake kasu (sake lees). The soup made with it, kasujiru, is present all along the cold season in Kansai.

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Buckwheat, here in soba noodles. It’s also seen in sobagaki.

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I soaked a good handful of mixed dry mushrooms, then added onion, frozen and thawed tofu, garlic, soy sauce. Simmered.

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For the sides, I’ve steamed kabocha and reheated hana mame (flower beans) with soy sauce and a little sugar.

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I’ve added the soba and sake kasu in the soup, more soy sauce to make it saltier.

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And to spice it up a tonic mix : diced ginger, garlic, negi leeks, and chili pepper. Just mixed in, reheated and served.

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Kimchi in the kabocha.

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A flower on the beans. Lunch is ready.

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Tororo soba

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It’s a very simple Japanese dish. This fresh sauce, tororo, is made from this root vegetable : Nagaimo.

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Grating the nagaimo in the traditional way in a suribashi (mortar). You peel a length of that long potato and you rub it against the line of the pottery. You get this slimy texture, and that’s how we like it as it’s very refreshing. I guess some people don’t appreciate, and this vegetable is not for them.

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Sudachi lime juice. A little sea salt.

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Okra.

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Juwari soba (100% buckwheat noodles), boiled, refreshed in iced water.

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Chilled molokhia and tarako soba

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To dishes refreshed for Summer. The green broth molokhia, raw and chilled. And tarako pasta, in cold soba mode.

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モロヘイヤMoloheya as they say here, or mulukhiyah, molohiya or molocha, corète potagère, mouloukhia… Well that herb of Pharaohs.

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Made into chilled soup. In the blender : a cup of leaves, a little harissa hot chili paste, a branch of coriander leaves and 2 ice-cubes. More coriander to garnish.

tarako

Tarako, salted fish roe.

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Juwari soba (100% buckwheat noddles), butter, tarako and shredded umaina greens.

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Mixed. Served at room temperature.

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Soba and sansho peppercorns

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It’s the season of the lemony sansho peppercorns. Soba buckwheat noodles are also a popular Summer food. Even cooked. So here is a simple dish full of veggies.

soba compil’

About sansho

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It’s simply pan-fried with onion, carrot, bell peppers, lettuce and flavored with soy sauce. The sansho brings the tone.

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Served with ume pesto scallops.
The best part is what is stuck in the bottom of the pan :

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Red wine mushrooms and refreshing lunch…

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Another refreshing lunch for hot days. Delicious and plant-based except for the broth (that you can replace by a kombu dashi).

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That’s from an idea seen on pinterest from this blog. I have not followed exactly. I refried garlic, rosemary in olive oil, added wine, simmered shimeji mushrooms. Garnished with negi leek and parsley. Warm, I was not too crazy about it, maybe I put too much rosemary. It’s better chilled, so I have kept it for the next lunch, now.

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I had chicken stock left, cooled. So I’ve added chili pepper, ground black pepper,and sansho peppercorns to spice it. Boiled and chilled soba noodles to dip in.

If you like soba see this compil’.

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Side veggies : lettuce, steamed kabocha and okara veggie patties (recipe here).

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Lotus and edamame eggs in a soba nest

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As Spring arrives, I have to cook my quota of Easter eggs.
What comes first ? The egg or the nest ?

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Let’s say it’s the egg. Some eggs, like those of quail are irregular in colors, just like that.

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The eggs are made of pasted edamame beans and broken renkon lotus root. There is also onion, garlic, white miso and for a cheezy touch some bits of sake kasu. I have cooked the paste then shaped.

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The nest.

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I had seen some “cookies” made from soba noodles, so I knew they were tasted after being dried.
I have simply baked fresh soba buckwheat noodles under the grill of the oven toaster. The noodles are boiled, but cold. I have not added any flavoring, they are delicious that way.

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It’s crispy around and soft inside.

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Tsubomina and lotus root stir-fry as a side.

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Sakura okowa as a second side (details here).

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That’s a Spring lunch for me.

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Tanuki soba and big kabu turnips


A hot Japanese soup. Soba are buckwheat noodles. The tanuki is a Japanese raccoon dog.

tanuki ezo-tanuki, Northern white tanuki (image source, a blog with nice animal photos)

I’ve not been hunting. This dish is nearly vegan (you can use vegan broth). In Osaka, tanuki soba means a soba soup garnished with a slice of abura-age. In other places in Japan, they may give it a wrong appellation. Maybe it evokes the color of the fur of a tanuki. Or it’s because it’s tanukis’ favorite dish when they dine out in town…

Thin abura-age, it’s fried tofu slices. I bought them. Before adding them to the soup, I wipe away the excess of oil and slightly toast them.

Kabu are Japanese turnip. They can be pearly white, either small or huge. And more rarely red skinned.

Slices of the red kabu, kabu greens, cabbage, carrot, onion… All that is covered with dashi stock.
Classic dashi
kombu seaweed dashi (vegan)
DIY soba noodles
other soba recipes