Mabo fair : aubergine and tofu

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There exist mabo tofu and mabo aubergine, two sister Chinese dishes widely adopted in Japan. Today they are on the the same meal.

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My lunch tray. Yes, that was delicious and filling.

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The base is the same : onion, garlic, ginger, Sichuan pepper and azuki beans. After simmering, I add miso, paprika and I pass the mixer. I’ve added slices of green hot chili.

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Aubergines steamed, then stir-fried with garlic. I’ve added the sauce and more paprika, water and reheated. On the finished, a tbs of fragrant sesame oil and a few roasted sesame seeds.

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To the rest of the sauce, I’ve added green sweet chilis, a little more Sichuan pepper, then cubed silky tofu.

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Served with rice of course. It’s Thai jasmine rice with a little sticky black rice.

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Veggie side : okra sprouts, topped with zucchini (grated, mixed with salt and turmeric, let 1 hour).

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Matcha tortilla tacos

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A Mexican-Japanese fusion dish. I’ve added Japanese matcha tea, azuki beans and rice to tacos.

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Azuki bean chili, with rice, green peppers, fresh thyme and dried tomatoes.

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Wheat flour tortillas with matcha green tea powder.

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Add a piece of steam corn cob. And wrap…

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Vivid Spring one plate lunch

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Another quick and delicious meal full of veggies.

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Stir-fry in olive oil, young onion, a dry chili. Add it ninniku no me (garlic stalks), green peas, fava beans, a cucumber cut in thick slices and al dente pasta.

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Add tomato sauce (passata) and turmeric powder.

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When sauce is absorbed, add spinach, and cut parsley …

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…as a topping, with a few ribbons of raw new onion.

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It’s crunchy and so green.

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Black vinegar bell peppers on polenta, and garlic tofu dices

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The sourness and crispiness of the veggies contrasts with the soft heaviness and sweetness of the polenta…

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Yellow and red paprika peppers, and green sweet long chili. With a young onion, I made a stir-fry, flavored with garlic and olive oil.

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Soft polenta (microwaved).

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I cooked the tofu with the veggies before making the sauce, it’s nicely flavored with garlic. Added dry chili pepper (fried together with the tofu), black pepper, paprika powder and salt on top.

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The sauce is soy sauce, black rice vinegar, a pinch of sugar and a little potato starch. Sweet and sour.

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Polenta + veggies.

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+ tofu.
= a happy stomach.

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Mehari sushi, thyme veggies…

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My beloved mehari-zushi (pickled leaf sushi) are back…

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With them, some thyme flavored veggies. I baked 2 small eggplants, then cut them. Added shishito green peppers. New onion. Olive oil. Salt. And fresh thyme. All that reheated together. Mmmm…

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Today’s salad : Red cabbage, natto, spices and lemon juice.

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Take a leaf of pickled takana (Japanese mustard leaves). Fill it with freshly cooked rice. That’s it.
I have hatsuga mai (polished germinated rice).
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Nice green balls. I didn’t fill them with anything. I like simple food.

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Takana-zuke pickled leaves at home (failed and corrected)

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高菜 takana (literally ‘tall leaves’) is a type of large mustard green very popular in Japan. There are even different types of it. Usually it is prepared in tsukemono (pickled) called 高菜漬 takana-zuke.

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First weight the leaves. Then wash them under fresh water and put them to dry outside in the sun.

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After 2 hours : They are dry, still soft.

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Necessary ingredient : 2% of the weight of leaves of natural sea salt.
Optional for flavoring : a piece of kombu seaweed, a dry chili

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Put the salt all around the leaves. I put some on the stalk and fold in 2. Put them in a freezing bag with the flavorings.
After 15 minutes, they are already softer, push out the air and close the bag. Place in the fridge.
You are supposed to press the veggies in a pickle press. I have no idea where mine is. So I squeezed the veggies very tight, then placed the bag under something heavy. And squeezed again the next day…

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Then… that doesn’t work ! After 2 days, the progress was too slow. FAIL !!!!
So I have added water to cover the leaves and 3 grams of salt per cup. So that’s another recipe now. The next day :

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Yeah, much better. I can now make :

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mehari sushi

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Hot red choc’ chili

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A warm sprouted azuki chili with a few twists.

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These ingredients give the mood…

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I have followed the recipe of bean chili with dark chocolate and walnut, using sprouted azuki I had cooked and frozen. So it’s quick to mix and let simmer.

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Sides : A home-made wheat tortilla, toasted. And stir-fried white parts of romaine salad.

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Then use the tortilla as a spoon and enjoy :

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