Japanese

Sunomono-ish Cucumbers

Although not strictly necessary, the smashing of the cucumbers in this Bon Appetit recipe does yield a nice texture and, as Bon Appetit says, creates nooks and crannies for the marinade.

1 pound Persian or English hothouse cucumbers
1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more
3 scallions, sliced
4 tablespoons unseasoned rice vinegar
1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds
Red chili flakes

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Broiled Salmon with Sesame Seeds and Scallions

Tasty and easy Bon Appetit recipe, tweaked only ever so slightly.

Serve with steamed white rice and a vegetable side such as sunomono-style cucumbers or stir-fried broccoli.

2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 teaspoons honey
1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons vegetable oil

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Soy-Braised Short Ribs

Soy Braised Short Ribs

This Bon Appetit recipe was a bit too umami for Audrey's taste, but a nice recipe nonetheless.

Serves 6

3 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
4 pounds beef short ribs (optionally cut cross-wise (flanken style) into 2-bone pieces), about 1 1/2-inch-thick
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
3/4 pound shiitake mushrooms, stems chopped, caps sliced, divided
1 bunch scallions, whites chopped, greens thinly sliced, divided
1 1-inch piece peeled ginger, thinly sliced

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Cold Sesame Noodles with Summer Vegetables

Cold Sesame Noodle Salad

We made a really great cold noodle salad, courtesy of Bon Appetit. It was made extra-delicious and protein-rich by topping it with leftover cold sliced grilled Malaysian steak skewers. Grill the skewers on the weekend and you have an easy weeknight meal almost ready to go!

1/3 cup unseasoned rice vinegar
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 tablespoon Sriracha
1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil

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Sushi

Sushi (crab rolls in the foreground)

SUSHI!

More to follow. Maybe.

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Menu for the week of June 10 2012

Sat - Grilled tuna, pea shoot salad, quick pickles, stuffed squash blossoms

Sun - Grilled Yakatori and cold soba noodle salad

Mon - homemade Sushi

Tues - Fried Rice + carrots, green beans, egg

Wed - Chinese Chicken Salad

Cold Soba Noodle Salad

Cold Soba Noodles

A great side dish that could, with the addition of a protein, take center stage. Goes great as a side to Japanese grilling.

1/2 packet (~4.5 oz) soba noodles
1/4 cup rice vinegar
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons Asian sesame oil
1 tablespoon wasabi paste

1/4 cup minced green onions

In a large bowl, mix rice vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil, and wasabi. Pour about half the dressing into a small bowl and reserve, keeping the rest in the bowl.

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Yakiniku (Japanese Grilled Meat or BBQ)

Yakiniku

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (skin removed and cut into 1 1/2" cubes)

Marinade:
1 scallion (white part only, cut into very thin slices)
1 tbsp miso paste
2 tbsp mirin
1 tbsp sake (or dry vermouth)
1 slice bacon

Yakiniku no tare (for basting and dipping)
1 cup low-salt chicken broth
3/4 cup mirin (sweet Japanese rice wine)
1/2 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
1/4 cup sake (or more mirin and some vermouth)
3/4 teaspoon (packed) light brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 garlic cloves, crushed
2 scallions, chopped

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Flying Fish Restaurant

Cost: 
$$ - Average

Location

Flying Fish
815A King St Old Town
Alexandria, VA
United States
38° 48' 19.8792" N, 77° 2' 55.5108" W

Flyin Fish has some of the best West Coast style sushi (lots of spicy sauce, tempura, roe, non-traditional presentations...). Don't go there for strictly traditional sushi and you'll love it!

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Udon Soup with Prawns and Poached Egg

Udon Soup Before Broth

So, there's this Japanese movie, Tampopo, all about a woman's quest to serve the perfect noodle soup in her small roadside soup shop. If nothing else, its an interesting look at Japanese food culture.

Anyway, inspired by that and memories of walking by this (Japanese, I think) soup shop ever day we were in Paris last year, I decided we should try and make Japanese. soup. Our local bodega, P&C Market, sells Japanese noodles (both soba and udon), so we gave it a whirl. It actually turned out pretty good for the first shot.

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