Sanma

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A grilled fish lunch.

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Sanma (mackerel pike) is one of my preferred Japanese fish. Ideal for Summer.

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Too long for my oven-toaster, I cut them. I simply empty, rinse, sprinkle natural salt and grill shio-yaki.

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Summer kabocha pumpkin. I cut slices, steamed them till 3/4 cooked and grilled with the fish. Rice and white cucumber (salted, let 15 minutes, rinsed) are the other savory sides.

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Dessert : Mango ice cream (frozen mango + coconut cream in the blender, frozen again).

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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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Lacquered yakitori balls and grilled kabocha

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Sauce tsukune.

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Sesame tsukune.
Two more variation of tsukune (meat balls) of yakitori (grilled chicken skewer bars). For simple “salt” version, see here.

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Yep, they are painted…

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The boiled balls (preparation here) are put on skewers, then painted several times with sauce, before, during and after being grilled under the broiler or on a brasero. I have not made my sauce, I’ve used the fruity Bulldog sauce (more here). Some yakitori shops use that, but most make their mix.
For the sesame ones, after 2 or 3 times, I stopped adding sauce but passed the skewer in a mix of white and black sesame seeds.

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As I used the oven-toaster, I also grilled thin slices of kabocha pumpkin. Just like that, no salt, no oil. It’s delicious.

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Vegetables (raw red onion, blanched and cooled okra and ninniku-no-me garlic stalks) and the leftover of creamy pesto dressing (preparation here). I mixed and let one hour.

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Then 2 appetizers, I kept them “nature” without adding salt :

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The seeds of kabocha, baked with the rest.

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Edamame.

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So I had a small casual dinner… well, that was a lunch.

other yakitori

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Moonlight fish and sky bean rice : shio-yaki saba and sora-mame gohan

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The moon is announcing rain ?
Let’s grill moon colored fish…
Soramame (sky bean) is the Japanese name of broad beans (favas).

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In the rice cooker : soaked rice, a 1 tbs of mirin and the skins of the beans. So the rice is nicely flavored. Then I take away the skins and replaces with the green inside, add a pinch of salt, and let a few minutes in the steam.
My rice looks… dirty ? Well, it’s not white, it’s polished germinated rice, a healthier version of white rice.

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The flavor + the color !

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Shio-yaki is so simple : salt and grill. It’s saba (mackerel) and its precious healthy omega.

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Of course, 2 items for a Japanese dinner, that would be too sad.
The rest of the menu is in next post.

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Blue fish for blue Japanese lunch

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Today, I’m eating イワシの塩焼き iwashi no shioyaki , salt grilled sardines. It’s a cheap local fish that brings a good amount of healthy fats. And it’s very tasty.

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Simple : clean the fish. Sprinkle a little sea salt. Place on a grill and grill.

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Rice of course.

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Natto, today with mustard and a few flowers.

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A stir-fry of bean sprouts and kikuna greens.

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Miso soup. On the side, it’s oboro kombu, it’s made of seaweeds.

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When you put it in the soup it becomes like that in a few seconds.

It is also used to wrap sushi.

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Well that was another tasty Japanese lunch.

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Shioyaki aji, simple grilled fish

Shioyaki, salt-grilled. It’s the basic Japanese grilled fish. I’ve got a good refill of the precious omegas.

Aji, chinchard, Japanese horse mackerel. It’s very close to sardine. They are getting very fat, thus delicious in this season.
Clean, empty, slash, sprinkle coarse sea salt. Let 5 to 10 minutes. Grill.

Served with yuzu citrus.

A creamy spicy polenta, and tomato sauce.

Shishito peppers grilled with the fish.

Mizuna leaves.

A yummy dinner !

Shio-yaki iwashi. With 2 sardines…


Sardine is an ordinary fish, but it’s very tasty. We get fresh ones easily and cheaply.

Shio-yaki iwashi. Salt grilled sardines, the Japanese style. I just empty them, clean, sprinkle salt and grill 5 minutes. Served with greens.
5 minutes for the sides :

Reheated Hatsuga genmai, sprouted rice.

Veggie stir-fry… all what I had left.

A quick soup : togan (Winter melon) cooked with carrot and seasoned with soy sauce.

The meal !