Jan 13 2010

Miso Ramen

Tag: food,recipes — 3:33 pm

4 cups water
2 tsp instant hon dashi powder
4 tbsp miso (red/akadashi)
3 tsp olive oil
1/2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp minced garlic
1 tsp minced/ground/powdered ginger
2 slices bacon, sliced up into squares
1 scallion
2-6 packets instant ramen (depending on how much broth you feel like using with each block of noodles)

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Dec 10 2008

Soymilk-and-Tofu Mock Eggnog

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Aug 12 2008

Stuff-That-Was-On-Sale-Yesterday White Miso Soup

Tag: food,recipes — 4:09 pm

It came out a lot better than last time I made something like this, I think because I put in approximately Way More Than I Thought I Needed quantities of miso, garlic, and black pepper. One should not be conservative with these ingredients.

(Measurements are totally approximate. Also, sane people probably do not eat stuff like this when it’s 90 degrees out?)

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Jun 19 2008

I made rice pudding.

Tag: food,japan,recipes — 8:02 pm

I’ve been doing some Idiotic Cooking Experiments in the rice cooker. Notable episodes in the saga included Idiotic Cajun Rice and Idiotic Garlic-Salmon Rice Pilaf. We will not discuss these dishes further.

Today it was Idiotic Chocolate Rice Pudding. Which… actually turned out really well. It’s much better than my usual attempts at stovetop rice pudding.

So I post the recipe, for the benefit of people everywhere who do stupid things with their rice cookers. It’s just a modified version of this guy’s recipe for mango coconut rice pudding, rendered sleazier by my involvement.


Idiotic Chocolate Rice Pudding

1 14 ounce can coconut milk
1/4 cup sushi rice
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons “Valor” house-brand hot chocolate mix (translated from Japanese, this means: “whichever hot chocolate mix is cheapest”)
1 tablespoon sugar
some cinnamon

1. Mix all ingredients together in the rice cooker bowl. Let sit for half an hour to give rice time to soak.

2. Turn on rice cooker.

3. When finished, open and stir, then let sit on “warm” setting for ten minutes.

4. Take out and allow to cool/set.

The only complaint I have about it is that it’s a little heavy – next time I might cut down the chocolate mix to one-and-a-half tablespoons.


Incidentally, the cheapest place to buy coconut milk in Okazaki is this liquor store in Wing Town. I have no idea why. They have this tiny little foreign foods section crammed into the back, with the same coconut milk the Valor sells for 400 yen for 100. They also have chickpeas, Earl Gray, and Tabasco sauce for cheaper than anywhere else. And a good brand of instant curry I haven’t found anywhere else.

The liquor store is not, interestingly, the cheapest place to buy liquor. That’s Seiyu, Wal-Mart’s Japanese chain.

(They do have the largest selection of Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark products I’ve seen anywhere in Japan, which I would probably care about were I a proper Kentuckian.)

Feb 05 2008

Kimchi Nabe

Tag: food,recipes — 7:28 pm

Vegetarians! Especially the one who will shortly be going to college, with Steve, and thus very soon will not have to worry about incompetent high school teaching professionals! Here is a recipe for you! It is easy to make! It is good for you! It has nutrients and thus will make you less broody about the senile-dementia-induced antics of certain unnamed Catholic priests!

The only thing that’s slightly hard to get for it is kimchi. But the new Food City or Super Wal-Mart might have that now? If not, Wild Oats will.

- Kimchi Nabe -

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