Thursday, May 19, 2005
A new low....Skippy does a food post?!?!
The worst part is when you are on a roll in writing, click away to copy an image and then come back to find your great work of written art gone. And you cannot remember exactly what you wrote.
Now, I know what you may be thinking, " Defending liberal speech writers, bashing Arabs, posting pictures of sexy women, writing about sex....for God's sake Skippy, can't you find one thing and stick with it? You are all over the map."
Actually no I cannot. And yes I am all over the map in terms of things that interest me.
Now one of the dirty little secrets about me is that I love to cook. Especially since I left the ex, it has become something that I really enjoy. Swilling beer and making dinner, now that's a good way for me to start the evening! That said I am not a great cook. I am one of those guys who slavishly follows the recipe book. The S.O. on the other hand is a GREAT cook. She has a real knack for knowing how to season exactly right, figure out what should go in the food, improvise and she has a real flair for presentation. However she does not really like to cook Western food. So she and I have an agreement, I do most of the cooking and when Nihon no Ryori (日本の料理、Japanese food) is required she cooks. It works out well for both of us as she is very picky about how the kitchen is cleaned, I hate to do dishes.
Now in the spirit of fair and balanced reporting, I realize I have been quite negative about the S.O. in some of my other posts. It's not exactly fair, as she does have her fetching ways and she is a beautiful woman. One of the things she does is that she knows when I need space to myself. Today was one of those days when I had a bad day at work, and when she called and suggested that she make hyashichuka (冷し中華、Cold Chinese Ramen) I was all over it! Yes!
I got the idea to post this from bothenook , who I must confess, has some great recipes over on his blog. I tried making his bean soup, and it was quite tasty if I do say so myself!
Anyway, the S.O. knows that I love Hiyashichuka and it makes a great summer time meal. Its light and fresh and during the hot, hot days of summer here that follow the rainy season, a great meal. And the way she makes it, makes it a great meal.
You start with a special Chinese ramen. Easy to find over here, I am not so sure about how easy it is to get in America or Europe, however I suggest looking in an Asian market:
Nama Hiyashi chuka ramen（冷し中華らめん）。
Inside the bag are packets of Ramen and packets of Shoyuu(しょう油、Soy Sauce) You can also get it with a special Miso sauce, but I prefer the Shouyuu. One packet per person. You cook the ramen in boiling water just like spaghetti. While that's going on cut up some salad veggies:
The S.O. normally uses the following:
Cucumbers cut into long thin strips
green Onions chopped up
Daikon ( Big Japanese Radish)
At the same time she also makes 2 eggs scrambled into a thin omelet like sheet. Boil a boneless breast of chicken and cut up some Luncheon meet ham.
When the ramen is done, first put the soy sauce from the packet on each plate( 1 Packet per person). Then drain the ramen and allow it to cool. ( S.O. uses a small strainer to do this as she cooks the packets of ramen separately in 2 different pans. ) Put the ramen over the soy sauce like this:
The ramen placed on the plate in the special soy sauce.
Now comes the fun part. Each person should then take some wa karashi(和からし、Japanese hot mustard). Warning! A little goes a long way and its spicy! However squeeze some into the noodles and mix it up into the noodles with your hashi (はし、chopsticks). Here is what Japanese mustard looks like, its in the yellow tube:
The tube is the mustard and the soy sauce is in the packet.
Either before or after serving, put all those cut veggies on top of the ramen. Put some of the ham, chicken and egg strips on there too. Load it up.
More to go
And that is it. This goes well with a nice white wine or a good cold beer. Its a great meal for 2 people on a hot summer's day. Enjoy.