Sukiyaki, Japanese big dinner

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As Christmas is approaching, I wish you a nice holiday season. So let’s have a sukiyaki party !
It’s a party meal designed to showcase delicious premium Japanese beef and season produce. A hot pot to cook and share on the table.

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The ingredients are cut, cleaned, prepared and presented on big trays on the table.
First tray : fungi, konnyaku noodles and grilled tofu.
There were 4 types of mushrooms : shimeji, enoki, dry and soaked maitake and fresh kikurage.

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Second tray : negi leeks, onions, soaked yakifu (gluten croutons) and kikuna (chrysanthemum greens).

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Third tray : the beef. Wagyu, Japanese traditionally raised cows. Beside you can see cubes of beef fat.

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Each eater is given a bowl with a good fresh egg. Whisk your egg with the chopsticks and get ready to dip you ingredients in this sauce.

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First step : greasing the pot with fat and roasting the first slices. They can be enjoyed this way as the beef is delicious, just on its own.

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That’s the technique : melt some fat, add some meat, pour a little sugar, then a little shoyu (sauce sauce), a little sake. Mix and cook.

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All the other ingredients are added in small batches…

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For dessert… well, there are no desserts for Japanese meal. So that’s a French tarte Tatin, made with Japanese apples.

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Sashimi lunch

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A classic Japanese meal around a dish of sashimi. I prepared the sides.

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Steamed kabocha pumpkin and ninniku no me garlic stalks. With soy sauce.

**I simply place the veggies in a steaming basket on top of a boiling water pot, or in the steaming mode of the microwave. Thin kabocha slices take 8 to 10 minutes. Garlic stalks only need 3 o 4 minutes to be at my taste. I add sesame seeds and soy sauce when I serve them.

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The sashimi : ika (calamari), buri (yellow tail) and ama ebi (nordic shrimps).

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An umeboshi (salted plum).

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Tofu with oboro kombu (seaweed), seasoned with the soy sauce left after the sashimi dipping.

**How to choose or make tofu.

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The miso soup with hijiki seaweed, shimeji mushrooms and kintoki red carrots.

Making miso soup

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Add rice. That’s a complete Japanese menu.

**Cooking Japanese rice

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Champilège 3 : Fall fungi pie soup

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Une soupe en croûte.
A fragrant Autumnal broth, trapped under a crispy pie.

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Awabi-take. The name literally means “abalone mushroom”. It’s a type of eringii.

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Bunapi and awabi-take.

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In a white wine chicken broth, with thyme.

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Sealed, and baked.

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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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Yakitori tsukune

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Tonight yakitori !
But the photos are… night photos. Sorry.

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You’ll see nicer in this post with 2 more versions of this basic skewer. And a mini-compil :

other yakitori

Soft tsukune recipe :
-For about 150g of meat (not too lean ground chicken), I’ve added a 1 tbs of ginger (minced), 1 tbs of leek (minced), 1 ts of soy sauce, a pinch of sugar, 2 tbs of sake, 1 tbs of sesame oil, plus a little more salt. After adding the previous ingredients and kneading, I’ve mixed in 2 big tbs of potato starch and about 1/2 cup of water. I let it rest 2 hours so flavors can mix.
-Then the balls are formed and boiled. Bring a pot of water to ebullition, pass on medium heat and throw in freshly made balls. When they are done, they are white all around and they come afloat. Take them away. They can be cooled and stored for a later meal, or used immediately.
-Put balls on skewers, oil, salt and grill. It’s the simple “salt grilled style”.

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Yuzu citrus and togarashi hot chili pepper tsukune. I also made nira tsukune by adding minced nira (garlic chive) to the mix.

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With the broth I made a soup, adding slices of ginger, shimeji mushrooms and negi leeks.

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Shimeji asparagus risotto and tofu caprese

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Italian lunch all plant-based, with local season ingredients. It’s Summer !

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Shimeji mushrooms and green asparagus (only the stalks as I used the tips before) are the guests of this risotto.

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I make it stove-top in my rice-cooker bowl, so I can then use the RC keep hot function. Garlic, leek and a chili pepper in olive oil to flavor the rice. I used sakekasu (sake lees) and water as broth to get a cheese-like creamy flavor.

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It’s not as creamy as usual. The reason is I used hatsuga mai, polished germinated rice. That’s nice too to have a lighter texture in Summer.

Other risotti (click here).

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That’s very simple. A good tomato. Sliced. A good tofu. Sliced. Fresh basil. A pinch of salt over the tomatoes. A drizzle of olive oil, one of balsamico vinegar.

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My tofu in my champloo

Veggie champuru (Okinawan scramble).

I’ve used my home-made Okinawan style tofu, very grainy.

Onion, shiitake mushroom, shimeji mushroom…

Many other items : ginger, garlic, carrot, spinach, cabbage, goya, chili pepper, soy sauce, awamori sake…