Thursday, July 31, 2008
Now I'll show what kinds of noodles there are in my house.From the left, "Soumen", "Soba", "Udon", and the upper is "Beefn", the down is Chinese noodle.Each of them has various types; thick type, thine type, long type, I prefer thine type from thick type (because of my tooth problem for the present)
And there are various types to eat; soup type, dip type, fried type, or hot type, cool type --- only 4ways?Now we are in the humied and hot summer, I like cool &dip type.For example, I boiled "Soba". And I prepared cool a little bit thick soup. After cooling soap with running water, I strained the water and put "Soba" on the plate. And I take some with chopsticks, and dip them into the cool soup, and eat them.
Soba, made from buckwheat ( Unfortunately my younger daughter has a slight allergy to Soba, though Soba is the favourite noodle of my husband)Udon, made from wheat
Both of them are typical Japanese noodles.And other things are
Somen, made by wheat, and they are really really thin. The similar noodle is "Hiyamugi", that is a little bit thick than Somen, but also really thinner than Udon. "Somen" and "Hiyamugi" are typical summer noodle in Japan, though it's OK to eat in winter (it might be difficult to get these noodles)
Chinese noodles, probably you know "RAMEN". According to Chinese people, Japanese Ramen is different from Chinese Ramen.And "Cup Noodle " was born in Japan, but the taste is completely different. My daughters used to like them. In summer we like cold type, this is called "HIYASHI CHYUKA". Usually we boil the noodles.Have you heard "Yakisoba"? This is steamed type. We fried the steamed type with vegetables and taste them Worcester sauce. In the festival we can see "Yakisoba" here and there.
"Beefn" is ---, according to the dictionary "rice vermicelli". Do you know that? The way to eat is similar to "yakisoba". Steam them and fry them with vegetables. The seasoning is pepper & salt i (usually), it's OK to use Worcester sauce.
And unfortunately I don't have now, but one of my favourite Japanese noodles is "saraudon".I heard Chinese noodle is used "salt water"(Kansui) . On the other hand the noodle looks like deep-fried Chinese noodle, but is not used Kansui. We put thick vegetable sauce on it and eat it."Saraudon" is famous in NAGASAKI. And another famous noodle in Nagasaki is "Chanpon". it is like udon and like ramen.
Oh, I almost forgot. These days Korean cold noodle is popular, the noodle is clear. Have you seen it?
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Now, on schedule my gums are swelling and I cant't stand without taking pain killers, but the condition is better than the condition that my gumes were swelling two weeks ago, because I am able to open my mouth.
This week I am on vacation for taking a rest. I canceled all my lessons. Well what do I do? I found an intereseting brain game, that was created in Japan. Do you know SUDOKU?
- Sudoku is played over a 9x9 grid, divided to 3x3 sub grids called "regions":
- Sudoku begins with some of the grid cells already filled with numbers:
- The object of Sudoku is to fill the other empty cells with numbers between 1 and 9 (1 number only in each cell) according the following guidelines:
1. Number can appear only once on each row:
2. Number can appear only once on each column:
3. Number can appear only once on each region:
- A summary of these guidelines would be, that a number should appear only once on each row, column and a region.
Now I have cleared easy, medium and high levels, so I've tried high ++ levels. My husband alreday gave up. Now I'm into Sudoku. Most of the day time I'm solving a table in the bed.
Monday, July 21, 2008
This weekend an American lady came to stay with us. She is going to study Asian religiom at a university in Japan for one year. So I served not Japanese specailty, this city's specailty "Gyoza".
Gyoza is one of the famous dishes of this city. Gyoza comes from china. In China, steamd Gyoza is common. In Japan fried Gyoza is mor common, though we also have steamd Gyoza and Gyoza soup. There are three kinds of Gyoza in the picture above; kimuchi, vegetables, and meat (it is a standard.)
And of course I served my special dises; shiso jelly (using vegetable gelatin), pickled Myoga in rice-bran paste, and baked tofu-cheese cake. All of them are really healthy.
When you come to stay with us, what would you like to eat?
P.S Tommorow, I'll go to a hospital to get my wisdom tooth pulled out. I hope everything goes well without pain and swelling.