Sure, I will be in Japan (AHHH! So excited!) in three days, but today, we had two meals of Semi-Japanese food anyway (in anticipation, maybe? Or maybe just what we have in the pantry??)
Of course, my versions today were not quite as photo-friendly, but they were tasty, despite their MEGA substitutions and variances…haha, for example:
- The udon was served in a cereal bowl – I have no chopsticks at the moment (will purchase at Daiso, lol) so we ate with regular forks and spoons – the mochi was microwaved in the udon and I randomly put mushrooms in since we didn’t have onions or other garnish.
- Hayashi rice is usually prepared with meat…beef, to be precise, as the meal is actually (ironically) a Japanese version of the western ‘Hashed Beef’ (thanks Wikipedia!) – but we didn’t have any on hand, so I sauteed some tempeh and threw in more of the mushrooms I had from earlier, plus diced some potatoes so it was kinda more like a Japanese curry; and since I didn’t want leftovers, I popped in an Annie Chung sprouted brown rice pack – http://www.worldpantry.com – healthy and yum!
Both meals were perfect for enjoying the warm indoors whilst looking out at the snowy, cold day – we took it easy for the most part, leaving the house this morning for a few hours for a Target run, but then chilling around the house and a gym visit (for me, anyway — hubs watched some random shoes on PBS!) for some cardio! I was all jittery I think from the chocolate in the bread pudding and needed an outlet for all that energy =D
What are your favorite types of food? Do you go out to a restaurant to enjoy them or have you attempted them in your kitchen?