Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Pork Bowl

もこみちの豚丼/Pork Bowl by Mokomichi

DSC_6625This dish is perhaps not for everyone…especially those who don’t care for slimy textured (Japanese word for slimy is never, never…I mean neva,neva)food, like fermented soy beans AKA natto (納豆). Do not be afraid, it does not contain natto and doesn’t smell as offensive as that. And quite…what should I say, unique?…different!

Mokomichi Hayami (速水もこみち), the Japanese actor, appears weekly on a short cooking segment of a popular morning news show called Zip! His second cookbook ‘Moko  Meshi’ (roughly translated, Moko Dish) has a cheesy subtitle ‘ Cooking that makes you smile’ …right. He is so beautiful I’m sure it will be delicious, if I eat with you …oops, that is the title of his first cookbook. DSC_6634

I star marked* ingredients as the culprit of sliminess for warning.

Ingredients and modified Instruction for 2 servings (Print Recipe Here)

  • 5-6 inch cucumber, small or no seed variety preferred. I used English cucumber, minced
  • 2 myogas (Japanese ginger, see pic below), you may substitute with ginger, mincedDSC_6610
  • 1/2 pack of white radish sprout (カイワレ大根), remove roots and mince the rest DSC_6612
  • 3-4 okra, remove top and mince the rest *
  • 2 Tablespoons white dashi stock, I used bottled dashi stock because I needed so little. For a homemade recipe check my past blog here (step#1,#2) and keep the rest in refrigerator for later use. Also there are many YouTube videos to learn from. Search ‘How to make dashi’IMG_4227
  • 1/2 pound thin pork belly meat, cut in about 5 inch strips
  • Salt and pepper to season the meat. I used white pepper.
  • 1 Tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1/2 cup Chinese yam, 長芋 remove skin and grated *DSC_6620
  • egg yolk
  • Seaweed strips (刻みのり)
  • Cooked rice
  1. Mix cucumber, myoga, radish sprout and okra in a medium bowl. Add white dashi stock. Set aside.IMG_4231
  2. Salt and pepper the meat on both sides. Heat sesame oil in large skillet on medium heat. Brown meat well till near crisp. Note: I think this pork belly is too thin.DSC_6613
  3. Put cooked rice in an individual rice bowl. Top with some cucumber mix then grated Chinese yam, meat, egg yolk, finally seaweeds. Serve with soy sauce (or tamari sauce), hot sauce or La-Yu on the side. DSC_6628

With the temperature in low 90’s, I have to get relief from the heat. This healthy popsicle recipe uses fresh strawberry and kiwi, the sweetness comes from agave syrup instead of sugar. I posted this photo on Instagram (#todaystapas).The recipe is from cookpad.com.IMG_4218

My husband and I enjoyed Lake Oswego Saturday Market…last Saturday. Quickly blanched (and chilled) Sea Beans and breakfast radish we bought there, to make salad with sesame oil and soy sauce dressing…simple yet effective wafu salad,  IMG_4242

Microsoft and Google fixed my blogging tool finally!…I’m so happy, I want to do a happy dance…yeah! Let’s!

 

 

31 comments:

  1. Mokomichi is gorgeous! And he cooks, too?! Need to fix him up with one of my daughters, ha ha!

    Your dish looks delish!

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    1. I wish I know him in person then I could introduce him to your beautiful daughter(Princess Rose?). Thank you for your comment Aunty!

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  2. I love your photos! Your meal looks interesting. I don't mind slimy (well, I do eat boiled chicken sometimes and that can be sort of slimy, I suppose), as long as the food tastes good I enjoy it. Thank you so much for sharing, and it is so nice to see a post from you. :)

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    1. Thank you Linda! I get positive influence from your blog. Thanks!

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  3. Lots of great ingredients here, I love those radish sprouts and the Chinese yam!

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    1. Thank you Angie! I love food photos, styling, lights! Everything is so beautiful! And perfect!

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  4. こんにちわ,初めまして!Green tomato 訪問してくださり。コメント有難うございました。
    ”豚丼”美味しそうですね~~。私ご飯が好きなので何杯でも食べられそうです!日本の材料もそちらで揃うのですね。ほんつゆ香りだし便利そう。又訪問させて頂きます。

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    1. コメントありがとうございます。 バラ園のバラたちがとても美しかったです。 

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  5. I agree with Linda . . . I love your photos. Beautiful lighting. I agree with Aunty too . . . Mokomichi is gorgeous.

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    1. Thank you Jalna. I enjoy watahcing his cooking show...I wonder he needs an assistance?

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  6. I'm the only one in the house who doesn't like natto. Your photos are so striking! Everything looks not only delicious but beautiful!

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    1. Thank you Kay. After I read your blog and reading the article, I decided walk 30 minutes a day (maybe every other day).

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  7. wow! I've never tried one! Looks so yummy! Love your photos!

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    1. Thank you Marcela. Your tomato pizza looks great. I bought spelt flour recently so I can try the recipe soon.

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  8. Everything looks delicious, great pics!

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    1. Thank you so much Katerina! I just love reading history, Greek mythology along with delicious looking dishes you created.

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  9. こんばんは。いつもながら、とても美味しそうです。 長芋とカイワレ大根の入るのが、いいですね。
     

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    1. ありがとうございます。 ヌルヌルしてますが、栄養があって、日本人で良かったとか思う丼ごはんです。 楽しい旅の写真を見るのを楽しみにしています。 毎日変化のある暮らしは憧れです。

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  10. こんばんは。いつもながら、とても美味しそうです。 長芋とカイワレ大根の入るのが、いいですね。
     

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  11. wow, damn delicious!!!
    everybody lovin fatty pork jowl, btw i just made some guanciale and pork jowl bacon too..
    Dedy@Dentist Chef

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    1. Thank you Chef! You must have lots of drop by guests around dinner time, right?...so what time do you usually eat supper? I will say it again, you're amazing!

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  12. It looks like a dish I'd fall in love with! I am such a fan of pork, eggs and I like slimy food from time to time. The popsicles look gorgeous! I must try making them one day too. Seeing your myoga has almost made my cry... I love it so much and cannot get it or grow here... do you buy it in the US? lucky you!

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    1. Thank you Sissi. Myoga is expensive here but I like it so much that I need to have it...almost can't substitute with regular ginger.
      I adore your Korea squid dish!

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  13. Hi Nippon nin,

    I can see what you meant when you shown a picture of Mokomichi Hayami. I'm mesmerized with his smile too :p

    I will smile widely when I cooked this recipe and enjoyed this pork bowl too... LOL!

    I'm happy for you that Google and Microsoft have fixed your blogging tool too!!! :D

    Zoe

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    1. Thank you Zoe. Your chocolate ice cream look marvelous! Perfect summer treat!

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  14. I just showed your blog to mom and she was really impressed. She recognized Mokomichi. She said she's seen him on NHK.

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    1. Really? She knows Mokomichi? But again he is hard to miss, tall(6F4?) and handsome, ha ha ha. .

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  15. I think I will like this pork bowl...and yes, I do not mind slimy food, but honestly I cannot tolerate natto (hehehe)...
    The strawberry and kiwi popsicles look great and so refreshing...and waht a beautiful salad...

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    1. Ha ha ha. You're funny! Thank you Juliana!

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  16. “I’m sure it will be delicious, if I eat with you….” 普段は夫と差し向かい、でも子供家族が来るときは4歳の孫も「一緒に食べると楽しいね」と言ってくれるので腕まくりして張り切ってます。この時期特にみょうがが美味しく、頭がスッキリする気がします。苺とキウイのアイスクリーム、可愛いです。ブロッグツール解決してよかったですね。お祝いのダンスはフラダンスが似合いそう。

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    1. お料理お上手そう! お子さんやお孫さんが近くに住んでいらしゃやるようで、うらやましいです。 私もみょうが大好きです、、、ここでは高い買い物です。日本円で800円ぐらいかな?1パック(3っつ入ってます)。 あはは、フラダンスはへたですけどね。コメント書いてくださって、ありがとうございます。

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