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It's a chilly winter night, therefore we're having Oden! This warm hotpot consists of cabbage, green onion, fishcakes, and various other veggies in a nice soy & sugar broth. Served with both sauteed Enoki mushrooms and Maki sushi rolls (rice with pickled vegetables rolled up in a seaweed sheet.)

Why, yes, I'm totally loving the H-mart near my house.

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Now that my evenings are free again, I get to focus on my dinner skills.

Here we've got chicken donburi served with Alaskan Cod miso soup, edamame, and seaweed salad. Overall, the meal was great, though the soup was a bit more one-dimensional than I'd anticipated.

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Dinner aside, I had a great day. I've returned to my daily morning gym workout routine (now without having to make sure I don't tire myself out before classes), which felt pretty good. My own time, my own pace, my own focus. Afterwards, I returned home to assemble an elliptical bike we acquired from friends and spent some time playing Dark Souls II. Hooray for free time!
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The sushi in front of you have different ingredients hidden in the rice.

Some have mayo, some have wasabi.
Some have chili oil with garlic chunks.
Some have a mix of tuna, mayo, and green onion.
One is stuffed with salt.

You may begin.

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Weekly dish 030314 by Kansai Monkey
Weekly dish 030314, a photo by Kansai Monkey on Flickr.

Yeah, I don't know what you all are having for dinner, but over at Casa de Monkey we're having tempura! Battered and fried daikon, squash, bell peppers, and shrimp lightly coated in matcha salt, served with cucumber and daikon sunomono and rice.

You may seethe with envy now.

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Weekly Dinner 111513 by Kansai Monkey
Weekly Dinner 111513, a photo by Kansai Monkey on Flickr.

Weekly Dinner!
This week, I went with a variation on my Niku-jaga Kurokke recipe that adds a touch more hamburger and includes diced up shiitake mushrooms. This is served with sunomono lightly topped with sesame seed and a small bowl of rice with just a touch of furikake. This one was a bit labor intensive, but still worth it.

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Oct. 14th, 2013 07:58 pm
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WD 101413 by Kansai Monkey
WD 101413, a photo by Kansai Monkey on Flickr.

Since we woke up to thunder-sleet this morning, I chose to make an appropriate dish tonight. Behold!

Gyoza! Shumai! Oden hot pot stuffed with salmon, cabbage, tofu, fish cakes, and mushrooms! Our warm bellies are now prepped to fight off the autumn chill!

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Dinner tonight - Spicy lime Tonkatsu age-don (fried pork over rice), miso with nori and negi, and sunomono (cucumber, daikon, and sliced carrot marinated in mirin, soy, and apple vinegar). Great tasting, but not visually appealing as my presentation was lacking (again.)


Jul. 21st, 2012 04:53 pm
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072012 by Kansai Monkey
072012, a photo by Kansai Monkey on Flickr.

Last night's dinner: Salmon Belle Mar (salmon stuffed with rice, crab, seasoning), steamed asparagus, and unagi rolls!


Jul. 21st, 2012 04:53 pm
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071312 by Kansai Monkey
071312, a photo by Kansai Monkey on Flickr.

Last week's dinner was inari sushi, salmon rolls with tamago, and a choice of wakame or shiro miso soups.


Apr. 25th, 2012 07:28 pm
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WD042512 by Kansai Monkey
WD042512, a photo by Kansai Monkey on Flickr.

A Somen noodle stir-fry with chicken and red bell pepper, coated in a sauce of roasted garlic, chili paste, green onion, fish sauce, and peanut oil. This sweet and spicy dish is served with cool cucumber slices.

While tasty, it's a bit fugly. The somen didn't fry quite right, the bell peppers were far too large, and Beemer kept adding fish sauce to enhance the flavor. Sigh.

I'd say that the meal was good, but not great.


Mar. 21st, 2012 07:29 pm
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WD032112 by Kansai Monkey
WD032112, a photo by Kansai Monkey on Flickr.

Dinner tonight: spicy nikujaga croquette, steamed veggies, and deep fried okra! The croquette consists of boiled potatoes, cooked hamburger, chopped garlic, and chili paste mashed together into a patty, then breaded and deep fried. Topped lightly with some Japanese mayo.

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Feb. 29th, 2012 08:06 pm
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WD 022912 by Kansai Monkey
WD 022912, a photo by Kansai Monkey on Flickr.

Korean Pork & Spinach - roasted sesame seeds, garlic, cayenne pepper, spring onion, and pork loin cooked in sesame oil, later adding spinach, soy, and sugar result in a lightly spicy meal!

Thai Cucumber Salad with Peanuts and Chile- cucumber, chopped chiles, red onion, and cilantro saute in vinegar and sugar, later adding in peanuts, fried garlic, and fish sauce. Quite the spicy salad!


Feb. 7th, 2012 12:34 am
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020712 by Kansai Monkey
020712, a photo by Kansai Monkey on Flickr.

This recipe from Laos was an odd one. It started well by frying scallions, ginger, and chopped chili peppers, and then adding these to a mixed sauce of coconut milk, tomato paste, and fish oil. Finally, fish, ham, and beans were added to the soup, and this was poured over rice vermicelli noodles topped with peanuts, mint, and bean sprouts.

While this seemed okay in practice, the sauce was FAR too thick, the noodles ablated most of the flavor of the sauce, and the ham was a bit too strong for my tastes. Beemer liked it more as a soup, but I felt that it needed more alterations to become nicely palatable.

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Tonight on Monkey's Experimental Dinner, I try to replicate one of the odd, yet tasty, MOS Burgers I had in Japan! Wrapping teriyaki beef strips and drops of mayo in a large leaf of lettuce, and this then placed between two tightly pressed rice paddies which were then fried on one side. It's a bit of a tricky process, but was pretty close to the original.
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Weekly Dinner 12-15-11 by Kansai Monkey
Weekly Dinner 12-15-11, a photo by Kansai Monkey on Flickr.

On a more positive note, tonight's dish was a complete success! Coconut gravy (coconut milk, cinnamon, turmeric, ground ginger, and a touch of sugar) poured over an egg and green onion mix containing BBQ chicken, chopped tomatoes, and fresh dill. OM NOM NOM NOM!~

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Ishikari Nabe by Kansai Monkey
Ishikari Nabe, a photo by Kansai Monkey on Flickr.

This salmon nabe pot mixes Napa cabbage, salmon, sweet corn, bamboo shoots, daikon, potato, shiitake mushrooms, and leeks in a dashi, miso, soy, mirin, and sake sauce for a lightly sweet but filling meal! Perfect for those cold winter nights.

You can find the original recipe here:

I did omit the bok choy, tofu, arrowhead noodles, kamaboko, salmon roe, and red miso from this recipe to make my shopping easier, so it's not quite authentic, but that's okay as my alterations had flavors which worked just as well together.

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Weekly Dinner 062311 by Kansai Monkey
Weekly Dinner 062311, a photo by Kansai Monkey on Flickr.

As today was hot, I chose to serve a group of cold dishes. The main course was green tea soba noodles served with two types of soy/mirin/sugar based dipping sauces. Thin beef strips were cooked in sake and garlic chunks, rinsed with cold water, and served chilled. The Sunomono consists of sliced daikon and cucumber that were salted, rinsed, and then mixed with rice vinegar and sugar. Optional toppings included sliced green onion, shredded ginger, sesame seeds, and wasabi. Dessert consisted of green tea mochi filled with azuki bean paste.

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I completely forgot to take a pic for yesterday's Weekly Dinner! I make Japanese curry with yellow peppers, onions, and carrots, served with breaded and fried chicken cutlets and rice. It wasn't anything spectacular, and I just wasn't feeling up to anything complex. So there you go.
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weekly dish 06-08-11 by Kansai Monkey
weekly dish 06-08-11, a photo by Kansai Monkey on Flickr.

A fun, but labor intensive, dinner tonight! I offered three varieties of onigiri (rice balls); one with no ginger, one with mild ginger, and one with strong ginger. All were filled with a mix of shredded chicken and mayo. I used a variety of nori strips, nori flakes, and sesame seeds to distinguish each type. These were served with edamame and miso with green onion and water chestnut.

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May. 19th, 2011 09:17 pm
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WD 051911 by Kansai Monkey
WD 051911, a photo by Kansai Monkey on Flickr.

I tried an experimental dish tonight. Following a recipe using layered pork and cabbage, I steamed the two using plum sake. Robb dislikes ginger, so I removed it from the original recipe, replacing it with slices of pickled garlic. The Ponzu sauce (citrus flavored soy) should be lightly poured on top. It turned out quite well.

The Gobo Salad mixes boiled, thinly sliced Burdock Root (known as Gobo) with carrot slices. These are added to a mix of mayo, soy, sesame seeds, rice vinegar, and sugar. I added peas for flavor, but that didn't work so well with chopsticks.


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