Hello everyone! We are going to Japan 🙂 ! The idea was to travel outside of Europe and to explore a whole different culture. You know, the kind of journey that would be hard to make once we have kids. The food has to be really good and there has to be a combination of wildlife, nature and urban life. For me, I made my decision after seeing an episode of Antony Bourdain (the famous chef from CNN’s program Parts Unknown) about Tokyo. That was a few days after I cooked a Japanese dinner for my boyfriends birthday. To get you in the mood, let me show you what I made.
On the menu:
- sushi (Maki, Nigiri, California Roll & some Sashimi)
- miso soup
- lichees for dessert
The ingredients for sushi. Fish: fresh prawns, salmon & crab (I couldn’t find fresh crab). For ecological reasons, I didn’t want to buy tuna. The other ingredients are easy to find in the Oriental Food Store (Rue Sainte-Cathérine 12, Brussels). You need nori sheets, cucumber, avocado, sushi vinegar, pickled ginger, sushi rice and a small piece of kelp (a kind of seaweed that you boil with the rice). I also used little fish eggs for the Calirfornia Rolls, wasabi and soy sauce (in my case gluten free).
For the California Rolls you need plastic foil to roll them inside out.
Tu-duuuuum! Serve with some sake and/or green tea.
I used Youtube as my cooking book. You can find the videos at the bottom of this page 😉 .
For the miso soup I used miso (fermented soy bean paste), dashi (fish stock), Wakame seaweed, tofu and white radish. You need a little strainer to dissolve the miso.
Dashi. Finally a stock that doesn’t contain onion or garlic (2 ingredients I should avoid in my diet)!
Mmm, miso… The lychees I just bought in a can, it’s cheaper and also good.
As a birthday present, I bought a Japanese cooking book at the Passa Porta bookshop, called ‘recipes from Tokyo’ from Maori Murota. It’s in Dutch, but contains easy recipes and lots of pictures. Not so much sushi but more everyday Japanse food. Sushi is quite expensive, so it’s more like something they eat in Japan to celebrate something, not on an everyday basis.
These are the tutorials I used:
Source: Beautygloss Youtube channel. The introduction is in Dutch, but the Japanese chef talks in English.
Source: Geobeats Youtube channel.
Hungry? I will keep you up-to-date about our traveling preparations and share more recipes from time to time.