Mushroom duet creamy sauce for one-bite steaks and soba

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Maybe that’s too classic for this blog : a meal of steak, pasta and sauce. Why not ? It’s based on local produce. This sauce is ideal to serve with pasta, or with meat, or with both.
The fungi are available year round but they evoke Autumn because they have a wet forest smell.

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Shiitake.

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Nameko (sticky mushroom).

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Stir-fried with onion, a little garlic.

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Creamed with coconut cream and milk and 1 tbs of potato starch. Salt. Pepper. You don’t need much as the mushrooms are very flavorful.

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Wagyu Japanese beef steaks, grilled on the plancha.
Medium rare was the less I could do with this thickness.

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With home-made matcha soba noodles, and the sauce.

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Brochettes et marrons

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Brochette is the French for skewer, and it’s usually meat and veggie ones. Then the season of kuri (Japanese chestnut)is open…

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Small steak cuts of lean Japanese beef.

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On skewers with onion and red sweet pepper. I’ve passed olive oil, salt, black pepper and thyme. Let one hour.

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Then grilled.

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The chestnuts roasted with a few small sweet potatoes.

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This fiery soup is made in the blender with the cut outs of onion, red pepper, a glass of white wine, 2 tbs of sesame, 1 ts of miso. Then simmered a few minutes.

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Hanbaagu – A burger with greens (via Gourmande in Osaka)

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Hanbaagu - A burger with greens This is not exactly like in your local burger place… I often asked to Japanese Mums : "So you said you cooked healthy meals for your children. What is your specialty ? -Hanbaagu ! -Hamburger is healthy ? -Not hanbaagaa like in fast-food shops. Hanbaagu. It's full of fresh vegetables. And my kids love it…" Yes, Japanese style hamburger is a vegetable preparation. With a little meat in it. This is one of the classic "yoshoku" dishes. "yoshoku" … Read More

via Gourmande in Osaka

Classic gyudon (beef’n rice)

Gyudon, stir-fried beef on a bowl of rice. Beef used to be a luxury. Then it became everyday food, with cheap imports. The dish made the success of a few fast-food chains serving only this, to mostly male customers.
That’s so much better made at home with good ingredients.

So rice and beef. Freshly steamed koshihikari. Good Japanese beef, cut very thinly. Some fat is welcome.

It’s simple. Stir-fry onions. Sear the meat, add a little soy sauce and mirin. Put the meat on top of the rice, add more sauce and a little water and finish cooking the onions. Pour on the bowl.
Add negi leeks.
Shichimi (7 spice mix) if you want.

an egg yolk, if you like

That was really good.

Sakekasu soup with shiitake mushrooms.

Paprika and sprouts of broccoli (from my “garden).

Another version :
Gyuniku Shigure-ni (beef “shigure”)

Petit yaki-niku, many veggies

Yaki-niku, grilled meat. And a few veggies.
Yaki-niku is another specialty of Osaka. That’s the encounter of superb quality meat and Korean tradition. There are many “Koreans” in the city, not North, not South, they came way before, 100 years ago. The Tsuruhashi town, in the heart of Osaka is Korean town. There, you can find dozens of yaki-niku restaurants, in each street, one per building. In the rest of the city, there are less, maybe 2 or 3 per street.
The meat is expensive… in average. That depends on cuts. Everything is used, so you can lower the average. Or take small amounts of the 1st rate. And lesser quality can be arranged by preparation. I prefer eating less and less often, than going down in quality.

Korean Gourmande (photo compilation of my Korean posts)

Wagyu, Japanese beef. This one is not from Kobe (well, there is no beef produced in that city, I can tell you, farms are hours away).

As you can see, there all those small lines of white. It’s said the meat is persillée (parsleyed, like a leaf of parsley) in French, no idea in other languages. I like the parsley image.

These cuts were sold to be eaten raw, but… I prefer cutting my raw meat. I cooked it today.
I let it marinate it one hour, after rubbing it in a mix of sake, soy sauce, chili flakes and very little cooking oil.

Sides are ready ? Kimchi, brown rice, shishito green peppers…

…salad spinach, sesame seeds, mushrooms.

A small cauliflower. I cut and pre-roasted it 15 minutes in the oven-toaster.

Everything is grilled on cast-iron plancha. That’s more convenient than an open-fire brasero. No smoke (you see vapor), and I can use it on the induction cooker.

The sides are less hot. It’s easy to cook exactly how you like it. Eat at once… don’t let it cool the time to take photos.

No salt or whatever is need. Items cook together. Kimchi is salty. I only poured a few drops of fragrant sesame oil in the plate.
Delicious.

Hanbaagu – A burger with greens

This is not exactly like in your local burger place…
I often asked to Japanese Mums :
“So you said you cooked healthy meals for your children. What is your specialty ?
-Hanbaagu !
-Hamburger is healthy ?
-Not hanbaagaa like in fast-food shops. Hanbaagu. It’s full of fresh vegetables. And my kids love it…”

Yes, Japanese style hamburger is a vegetable preparation. With a little meat in it. This is one of the classic “yoshoku” dishes.
“yoshoku” meant Western food, in opposition to “washoku”, Japanese food. Actually, “yoshoku” is now reserved for the Western dishes the Japanese adapted at their taste and ingredients before the 1950’s.

That’s not exactly what I made, they like their hanbaagu with brown sauce and rice. I wanted something *lighter* and something to chew on the side.

Lean Japanese beef, celery leaves, onion, broccoli stalks, salt, gold chili pepper, salt, pepper, and very little corn starch. 2/3 of vegetables 1/3 of meat is a good ratio. It’s better to mix the veggies and spices, wait a little, get rid of excess water and then finish the mixing. Form the burger with wet hands.

Bad cook tip : If your meat is not of good quality, add mushrooms. Mushroom juice has been proven to *repair* the taste of cheap beef, and it is now widely used in food industry… and precisely, it’s because you don’t want meat that has bathed in gods-know-what to improve its taste and texture that it’s not a great idea to buy the lower end meat.

It’s baked with shishito peppers (green sweet chili), the enoki mushrooms and the piece of corn cob. You can see a little kimchi, a muffin, and a few leaves of basil.

About chili peppers and shishito pepper

Cal : 514.6 F10.9g C56.9g P49.9g