Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Cold Noodle with Meat Dipping Sauce

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DSC_6766Summer is here! ‘School’s out I can almost hear the memorable Alice Cooper (my husband’s favorite song) singing…not so excited about summer break now that we don’t have school age children at home…on the other hand I’m glad that that stage of our life is gone too. Aging comes with some sadness and definitely relief.

The sadness comes from usual ‘should have, would have, could have blah blah  blahRegrets, I’ve had a few…But then again, too few to mention…I did it My Way (this is not on my list of top 10 favorite songs but perhaps in the top 100… perhaps). I got a little melancholy  because of Father’s Day last Sunday thinking about my late father and father-in-law…sob…I hope you had a fabulous Father’s Day!

Factoring in the rising temperature outside, the evening meal gets cool treatment too. The perfect summer dish recipe…I saw in a Japanese magazine…was it Today’s Cooking?… forgetful as you age?…oh no, oh no not me!…I did it my way.

Ingredients and Instruction for 2 servings (Print Recipe Here)

For dipping sauce -

  • 1 teaspoon Chinese soup base (comes in granule or powder form) dissolved in 1/2 cup hot water and cooled.
  • 5 Tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoons sesame oil
  • 6-10 shiso leaves chopped small  DSC_6752
  • 1 stalk of green onion minced

Whisk Chinese soup base, soy sauce, vinegar and sesame oil. Add shiso leaves and green onion. Chill it in the refrigerator. Set aside.DSC_6760

For Seasoning sauce -

  • 1 and 1/2 Tablespoon red miso paste
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons tobanjan (豆板醤)
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon minced ginger
  • 1/4 cup water

Mix all of the above ingredients in a small bowl. Set aside.DSC_6734DSC_6736

For meat

  • Approximately 1/2 pounds of thinly sliced pork belly, cut in 1 inch strips.DSC_6738
  • 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
  • Seasoning sauce (see recipe above)
  1. Heat oil in a large non-stick skillet at medium heat, add meat and sauté until it is a little crisp and nicely browned. I used paper towel to remove excess oil(optional).
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  2. Turn down the heat to low. Mix in seasoning sauce and continually sauté until liquid is mostly evaporated. If it’s too salty for you, add water and cook for few minutes. Set aside.DSC_6751

For noodle – 2 packages of instant ramen noodle, cook noodle in plenty of water, pour in 1/4 cup of water 2-3 times during cooking…this gives the noodles a nice chewy, firm texture. Cook slightly shorter than the package directions. Drain the water through colander, rinse the noodle well under cold running water. Shake off excess water, plate (cut noodle in 2-3 sections with kitchen shear for easy consumption if you like) I used green noodle( made with moroheiya  leaves) as well as regular instant noodle. Somen noodle or udon noodle is another good choice.DSC_6730

Assembly – divide dipping sauce into two individual bowls. Mound the meat in the middle. Dip the noodle in the sauce to eat!DSC_6768

 I love cherry pie!…Homemade by our neighbor…mmmm good!IMG_4344

On Father’s Day, I made my husband Frazier (French style strawberry short cake). It was good but there were so many steps to this recipe…I don’t know why I didn’t go the ice cream sundae route?IMG_4413

Today’s TAPAS, the Instagram post (#todaystapas) is on-going still. I think I’m getting better with filtering app on iPhone…plating leaves much to be desired though. The below picture is cheesy stuffed shiitake mushroom. IMG_4340

And someday, Tapas is not actually tapas…carrot smoothie for cleansing…phew…that’s a lot of beta carotene………………..that……………………I…IMG_4318

(ate it up and) spit it out…  I must say, excellent lyrics to the song ‘My Way’ don’t you agree?

31 comments:

  1. I would definitely eat all of them up! The cold noodle bowl looks really appetizing and your bamboo (wood?) tray looks too cute!

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    1. Thank you Angie! Love your food photos! And the Popsicle!

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  2. It all looks very nice, and I love the colour and presentations, too! :)

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    1. Thank you Linda. Glad to know your favorite songs!...some in your post are my favorite too!

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  3. Love cold noodles...I could do one now:) We have lots of rain bringing oppressive humidity in the air ....cold noodles is just the answer! Happy summer to you:)

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    1. Thank you Annie. We're going to have hot weather this weekend again...need lots of watering for our vegetable garden...that is a big job!

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  4. First of all, how have you managed to grow shiso??? I've been trying foryears and it's the only plant that apparently hates me: I only managed to sprout it last year and then it died... but this year no sprouting... I hope my Japanese shop sells potted shiso this year too because the Thai variety I buy is not that good... and lots of strong pesticides...
    The noodle dish does look very summery indeed! I also love cold noodles in the summer.
    I am in awe of your fraisier! I like it a lot but have never been bold enough to make it on my own... Your is so cute!
    Cheesy mushroom... sounds really good and the carrot juice... Carrot juice is the only reason why I consider buying a juicer ;-) So much inspiration from your today's post!!! Thank you.

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    1. Thank you Sissi. I use shiso everyday that I'm glad that plants are doing well this year. Some insects seems like the shiso leaves...I don't like to share but I don't want to spray it either...loved your miso recipe! You're great!

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    2. Thank you so much for kind words.
      Since my seeds don't sprout, I have finally bought a potted shiso (one of our Japanese shops sells it, but for a very short time, so I had to go there all the time and finally got two last pots!). I hope it will survive...

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  5. I can't help drooling over the first picture. The noodles look so cute and your carrot smoothie is so inviting.

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    1. Thank you so much. Your lemon chiffon cake is gorgeous! I would like to make for someone special (and for me).

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  6. Wow. This looks so tasty!! I am getting hungry right now :)

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    1. Thank you Cathleen! Thank you for visiting!

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  7. looks wonderful and i am in the little kids stage of life, love your perspective

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  8. Hi Nippon Nin,

    Although we don't have beautiful summery days like yours, school is also out for us for the next two weeks. Hopefully there will be snows in the mountains for this winter holidays :D

    Very lovely cold noodles and strawberry shortcake for your Father's day. I'm new to instagram recently. Will check out your insta-tapa now :D

    Zoe

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    1. Thank you Zoe. Guess what I making tomorrow? Bolgnese sauce! I must try the secret ingredient!

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  9. Looks fantastic! My stomach is growling right now.. so good.... I love the dipping sauce you made!

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    1. Thank you Marcela. Did you enjoyed the 4th of July celebration? Your patriotic cup cakes are darling!

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  10. Everything looks so good. I am favoring the strawberry shortcake . . . the best looking one I've ever seen.

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    1. Thank you Jalna. You're very creative! I hope I won't miss the next giveaway.

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  11. こんばんは。 父の日を迎え憂鬱になお気持ち、よく分かります。でも母の日に素敵なプレゼントを頂いたのではと思います。
     冷麺にご主人の好きなショートケイキ、ご主人は幸せいっぱいと想像しています。

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    1. コメントしてくださって、ありがとうございます。 日本も暑い日が続いてますか?体に気をつけて、楽しい旅を続けてください。

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  12. いよいよ、冷麺が美味しい季節になってきましたね。元気なしそですね。我が家のしその葉は,バッタに食われ、ちっとも成長しません。メランコリーな気分になるのよく分かりますよ。年令を重ねるって複雑な気分でいっぱいです。でもポジティブに!イチゴのケーキも美味しそう!

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    1. コメントありがとうございます。 先ほどブログおじゃましました。大変素晴らしい写真が見れて満足です。 本気で京都のその場所を歩いてみたいと思いました。 メモしておきました。

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  13. Dear Nippon, The noodles with meat sauce look and sound delicious!!
    The strawberry cake looks wonderful!
    I hope you have a beautiful weekend. xo Catherine

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    1. Thank you so much Catherine. I'm looking forward to see the TV show you mentioned in your blog...I love cooking show like Chopped.

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  14. This all looks so amazingly wonderful. When I first saw your green noodles, I wondered if it's what we eat.Sure enough! I recognize the package. My husband likes to make curry and pour it over the green noodles. It's really tasty. The dessert looks fabulous!

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    1. Thank you Kay for your comment. I love the texture of the green noodle.
      I feel so good when someone says they like what I like!

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  15. wow, simply damn delicious!!!
    i've try making this with with some trimming from dry aging beef thou, lol
    Dedy@Dentist Chef

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    1. Thank you Chef! As always, you're incredible master chef! Please send me an invitation when you have your own restaurant...k?

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