Grating wasabi

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Grating wasabi for a refreshing tofu dish. That’s a combination of two interesting textures.

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A fresh wasabi root. I’ve simple grated it. That’s very different from the product in the tube. More flavored and less strong.

Okra (gombos). They have a huge jelly strength hidden in them. Like this :

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Okra tororo : blanched okra, chilled, pasted in the blender. Flavored to taste with grated wasabi and soy sauce.

You can, for instance, serve okra tororo with soba.

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Frozen cotton tofu (momendofu). I froze the whole block in its water. Thawed. Press to push out the water, cut in cubes. As you can see, it has a bread like texture now.

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In small cubes.

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I’ve poured the tororo on the tofu.

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Not your average rice salad, super cooling with neba-neba power

A green rice salad particularly refreshing. It’s loaded with gumbo (okra).

Neba neba, that’s the effect of the cut okra. A sort of strong jelly gets out of it and makes threads… It’s very hydrating. This food is recommended for hot weather.

I’ve mixed grains. 2/3 of genmai brown rice, a little mochi awa foxtail millet (small balls) and hato mugi Job’s Tears(big balls). They all cooked together in the rice cooker, but with 10% more water than usual. Of course no salt.

Okra, the rice mix. Tomato paste, negi leeks. Indian spice mix powder plus fennel seeds.

Some day try to jellifyyour salad sauce. It’s very surprising.
酢醤油寒天 sushoyu kanten : Agar jellified dressing. It’s a mix of soy sauce, cane sugar and rice vinegar, into agar agar.

Fork crumbled. Serve it very cold.

The jelly dressing on top is really pleasant.

It’s very easy to eat. No filling of heavy stomach like after a big dish of starch. The sourness of the jelly and the fennel seeds combine in an original flavor.

Frugal : soba with okra tororo

It’s hot and humid. Meals have to be simple.
This Summer in Japan, due to electricity shortage, we can’t afford living in the air conditioned world. I wouldn’t anyway. It’s hot. It will be hotter. Food can be our climatisation and help the body adapt to the season.

Neba neba ! It’s the onomatopea for this texture.
Sluggish food is an acquired taste… but when you got it, that’s yummy ! I’m addicted to it.

Okura tororo :
Okra (gombos) briefly blanched and cut, cut, into a paste. Plus lemon juice and a little soy sauce.

juwari soba , 100% buckwheat noodles.
soba soba-mania, many soba variation

With more nama shoyu (raw soy sauce).