Yuriko’s cooking

February 26, 2009 in Bon Cheesepetit / Japan

Ok. So the thing is, Yuriko is a great cook. No doubt. And she is very creative with food.

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But.

I mean, this is totally not her fault. But.

(long post. click to read)

Let me try to illustrate with pictures.

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So, on my first night stay she made us oden, miso soup, maki with pickle in it, boiled spinach, this veg pickle that resembles choysum stems (quite nice), yellow radish pickle, ringo, pasta salad, kimchi and pumkin dessert (not in the photo).

There are 5 different types of pickles in this dinner. It’s apparently a winter thing cuz in the old days people store veg up for the cold days with no crops. Not that i have a problem with it. I love pickles.

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Spinach.

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Oden. These extra photos are to demonstrate how excited i felt on the first day. Like wow i’m gonna have like 10 different blog entries just about Yuriko’s cooking. Later you will notice how the phototaking decreases dramatically by the day.

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We had several choices of topping for our white rice. I bravely picked this red gross looking thingie called mentaiko for the first time in my life and was hopelessly addicted ever since.

So that was Day 1, wonderful, right?

DAY 2

Breakfast table

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I was still very gung-ho about doing this Happy Family Meal photo everyday.

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We had salted salmon fish. Pasta salad. Oden (Yuriko warmed it up and added some tofu), miso soup, kimchi (Yuriko re-heated it and added some new unidentified ingredients), radish pickle (holy! It has turned from Yellow to PINK!!!666), choysum-like veg pickle (i still like it a lot), ringo, and pumpkin dessert.

For lunch we had Mos Burger. And little did i know that it was probably the most meaty meal i’d have in Nagano. It actually contained patties that were made out of a large animal.

Dinner

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We had the same whatever leftover but Yuriko made us Omelette rice with strawberries (which isn’t all that new after all, if you think about it).

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Ai loved it.

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And an onsen tamago as a bonus.

DAY 3

Breakfast.

By Day 3, i had recognized the meal pattern that has been established in this family and had come to terms with myself that it is, for a fact that we were, indeed, going to eat leftovers everyday, for the rest of my stay here. But Yuriko would introduce a new dish to the table every meal, which is the main star dish of the meal, and i kinda consider that as Yuriko’s daily reward for our obedient eating habit.

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So today we had a (relatively) new combination of dish, which is Egg + Sausage + Strawbies (which is not all that new after all, if you think about it).

And we also had miso, pasta salad, radish pickle, kimchi, choysum-like pickle (i kept eating them), ringo… (the reason why i keep repeating the name of the dishes although they are clearly illustrated as so in the picture is a desperate attempt to make a point that they sound repetitive).

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And also this huge tofu-like ball with mochi in it i think.

I was feeling a bit adventurous today. So i wanted to show my bravery and my willingness to embrace full Japanese culture with an open heart, i asked for Natto (fermented soybean) topping. And it was a huge, huge mistake. That was the first time i didn’t finish my rice during my entire stay.

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Well to be honest, it wasn’t atrocious at all. Natto to non-Japanese people is like the equivalent of Durian to Japanese people. Like when a Japanese comes to Malaysia, you ask if he/she can eat Durian. And when you go to Japan, they ask if you can eat natto. That’s about the only gross thing they have, i guess. (apart from some tail-wiggling raw fish, which is yummy, and raw horse meat, which is yummy, and ika no shiokara, which is smelly, but yummy…) (ok la they have quite a lot of gross food but nothing compared to Chinese people. CHICKEN FEET!!!)

Anyway, back to natto. It was quite edible except the gooey part. I hate food that is gooey. Okra, Japanese mountain yam. Yucks.

Let me quote KY on his thoughts about natto.

It tastes like a bowl of raw bean (slightly gone off/bad) being frozen for years until you take it out, blow your nose and cough up thick phlegm and then proceed to spit/dribble both the bodily fluid into the bowl, mix it up well, then pass it to an eighty-year-old toothless lady (who is willing to take up this part-time natto making part-time job) to chew for a good 5 minutes, and regurgitate back into the bowl whereby it is then ready to serve.

KY also has a shorter description of it, which includes two different bodily fluids that are being discharged from two different lower-body orifices which i prefer to not talk about here.

And I prefer to think that it tastes like coffee bean.

Dinner

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Wow we have Gyoza as the, you know, star dish. And notice why i highlighted the veg pickle?

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BECAUSE!

Can you see? IT GOT REFILLED!!!!

I kept eating it hoping that i would finish it and then hopefully Yuriko will replace it with something else—i dunno–pink choysum, bronze cabbage, whatever. But it. got. refilled.

Imagine my horror.

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Star dish. I really appreciate it.

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We made the Gyoza!!! (We–refers to, you know, we the family and not you, kind of thing. I could lie that i have become a Gyoza expert, but i’d like to admit that she made it. I didn’t. I was just helping her to hold it up for photos.)

DAY 4

Breakfast.

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Otosan came back from work. It was rare. So we took a family photo. I think it was the day Kai started saying hello to me.

For breakfast we had… i dunno. I didn’t bother to take a picture. So, use your imagination. There are a few combinations you can play with.

Lunch

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Cheese and Ham toast.

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Star Dish. Pregnant smelt and nuggets and pear and broccoli.

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Then the rest we have, you know, the usual.

DAY 5

Breakfast

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Fried rice. The rest: self explanatory.

However, dinner was a bit special that day. Since it was my last night there, we had a mini Christmas Party.

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Chuen Ka Fook.

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The usual and something new.

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Some fancy maki and Korokke bought from the nearest mart.

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Pumpkin and red bean dessert with mochi. I hate mochi. But you know what? That day was Winter Solstice!! So this is the Japanese version of Tang Yuan!!! :D

And we have something specialer!!

WE MADE A CAKE!!

(We—here refers to me and Yuriko. Although my part was simply squeezing some raw cream and planting some strawbies onto the cake.)

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Yuriko baked a sponge cake. When it was ready, we (i prefer collective pronouns in certain occasions) cut it into halves.

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Spead raw cream onto the lower half and planted strawbies on it.

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Put the top over it.

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Cover it with cream and more strawbies.

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Tadaa!!!

Our Christmas cake!!

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HAHAHA look at their expression.

Ok that was very much my every (almost vegetarian: the closest thing we had to something resembling meat is prolly, the ambiguous mashed up fish paste in the oden and the pregnant smelt) meal in Nagano. Like i said, Yuriko cooks great food. Honest.

When i left Tokyo and arrived Nara in the morning. TK asked what i wanted for lunch.

“Meat. Any fat, oily, meat. Please.”

And we went for Chinese.

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  1. I love the Christmas Cake! :)

  2. Looks nice… yumm….

  3. u’re a lucky poor thing =Þ

  4. the strawberry looks delish :D

  5. Is that the norm for japanese families to consistently eat the same thing everyday and be mostly vegetarian or this was just specific for the family you were staying with?

  6. LOL, i wonder is it because the cold weather allows the food to be kept for so long? Bcoz if in m’sia, i guess the food can last for only a day before it turns contaminated by bacteria to grow fungus on. Anyway, the cake looked good even is homebake:)

  7. wah! so spoilt with choices!

  8. Ahhh my mom makes that cake to i bet it kicks Yuriko’s cake’s ass *jealous*

    damn long never eat already.

  9. laughs. this entry’s too cute for words!

  10. I wonder why, the first thought that came to my mind was – cheapskate :(. So clever, means she cook only 1 dish per day, unlike my mum. But living in Japan where everything is so expensive, I guess this is the economical way to go.

  11. *NEW!* hahahahaha!

  12. hmm i’m japanese but honestly we don’t eat like that! well maybe only for my family, i’m not sure about others but we’ll only eat leftover pickles for at most 2-3 days. i know chinese don’t do it! hahaha *NEW!* thing is funny

  13. OKra is ladies fingers and then, chicken feet is delicious la darling. I tell you, YOU”RE MISSING OUT A LOT!

  14. unbelievable, i guess they eat healthily and economically(since no meat)

  15. wow no wonder Japanese tend to live longer :P! If its me, I would feel hungry all the time without meat in my stomach, wahhaha

  16. hhaa…my okasan had to eat the remaining natto =p..
    sorry..but ya..it seriously tasted weird O.O..

  17. lol, veg pickle part so funny… i bet she was mistaken that you love it so much hahaha…

  18. wtf is kaki!

    you have to put foot in mouth issit!?

  19. bwahahaha!!! pity you~ but it’s not that bad isn’t it?? it’s good to ‘re-use’ anyway!!!

  20. mmmm mmmm..the cake looks really yummy..

  21. You like korokke? I thought you couldn’t sing?

  22. You intoduced variety of foods, can you teach us how to cook it?

  23. can’t believe the 2 little frens were not bored with the recycled food…or they only eat the “new” one?

  24. Yah almost fully vegetarian for a week haha.

  25. Gohan is a guy’s name in Dragon Ball. @@

  26. well, she has to clean the house, do laundry, take care of the kids….etc..

    but i can only think of the STRAWBERRIESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS :)

  27. seriously u ate that for every meal? whoaaa!!!

  28. look on the bright side:-

    1)healthy
    2)you won’t suffer from constipation: )

    Heeehee. lol wtf

  29. pregnant smelt???? omg.
    how did it taste? did the roe squirt out when u bit the belly????

  30. OMG …. i love japan!!!!! the food!!!!

  31. the food all look delicious

  32. wow.. the food looks delicious.. but eating it everyday…. lol.. I think I’ll cry.. XD but it’s damn healthy @_@

    the *new* thing is so funny… hahah

    ahh.. and the strawberry shortcake looks so good.. *envy*

  33. your writing full of fun, you can write on anything and still make it interesting…sugoine!

  34. I love the miso soup they serve in japan. Tastes so homy compared to the ones in sushi king or the japanese outlet in Msia

  35. Wah, good healthy diet. If I stay there for a month sure will slim down.

  36. now, this gives me a second thought of joining a homestay program in japan, i can just drop dead and die if they serve me the same veggie each day! i’m sure i’ll call pizza everynight.

    btw, doesnt the kids complain?? or the husband??

  37. maybe you’re thinking about it the wrong way, maybe vegetable pickles are like a staple dish at their table, like rice, must have at every meal, so she makes new batches all the time (not leftovers). you know like with korean food they always give you those small vegetable side dishes. and with it being winter there, there must be less variety to choose from.

    Us Malaysians are actually very spoilt for choice when it comes to vegetables. Here in UK, all I have to buy is 10 different kinds of cabbage!

  38. ah ika no shiokara! i like them :D

    but fried rice omelette with strawberries..? as much as i love strawberries…wait, are you supposed to eat it together???

    • Haha!!! when i saw it i was like O.o also. I mean, for decoration purpose its nice la, thats why i said Yuriko’s really creative. But i ate them separately. :)

  39. that’s really nice.I’m learning jap too, but just for visual kei guys. did you see them in osaka?
    from one of your pics I could tell you saw the Yanki girls.

  40. but the dishes all look so pretty!!gyoza + ichigo + mikan, so colourful!=) and the cake’s really pretty!!:D

  41. haha do I sense a teeny trace of irony when you said ‘we had chinese food’? *laughs*

  42. this makes me want to experience it! but to be honest, I would really sneak out for some meat! I’m not sure if it’s offensive to ask, but I would have ask them if that’s how they eat year round (doing the repetitive dishes) cause of my curiosity/ of course in a non-rude tone LOL but damn the setting of the dishes makes it look appealing lor!

  43. what is wrong with being ECO! They were nice enough to host you and plus make you food everyday!! i have been following your blog quite some time now and i find that you are a very narcissistic and LOVE to CRITICIZE other people? does it make you feel bigger inside to know that putting people down make you feel better?? I WONDER WHAT YOUR HOST FAMILY WOULD SAY IF THEY SAY YOUR BLOG? MAYBE THEY WILL NOT HOST YOU AGAIN CUZ YOU AREN’T VERY GRATEFUL GIRL! you even like to make fun of the way your bf dress! saying he shops at girl stores.. wearing girls clothing.. you are pretty much calling your bf a CROSSDRESSER? (i’m cool with that but is he ok with you putting up things like that about him????)

    and yeah yeah i know what you wil say when you reply! ;p
    i’m just saying that you make yourself out to be a ungrateful girl always saying things about people how it coulda been better lah lah lah but i think they were nice enough to do those things for you. you aren’t a princess you know!

  44. Wow, I think it would have been really difficult for me to eat that every day! Seeing as I don’t really like veggies… But each day’s “star dish” looks really nice!

  45. rin-hime, i knew i should have made that bet with you about someone reacting to your post lol. thank you emilyyooko :P

  46. Won’t you feel like vomitting at seeing the same dishes everyday? Cos I feel so yucks at seeing the same curry food appear at my uni canteen during the lunch and dinner time everyday.

  47. our “pity” cheesie~~

  48. haha, remind me of my mother when I was young, except the slight difference is… she finds things I had like, then bulk buy it. One time it was beansprouts, so it was beansprouts… on a “mealy” basis. Then ong bar bao (some fatty pork bun), x 3 a day yet again.

    since then, I have grown to hate alot of things hahaha. not being ungrateful, but ya know, too much of a good thing… is bad!

  49. ROFLOL…this is by far the most hilarious post on your blog. And it is a compliment!

  50. It’s just like eating kolo mee everyday also will sienz de :D

  51. Hahaha…I couldn’t stop myself from giggling as I read this post (am working and not supposed to be giggling away at the monitor). Yuriko must be wondering why you are taking photo at every meal when the dishes are the same. If you ever want to get her a gift, buy her a cookbook. Nice post.

  52. LOL i’m a bit wowed and slightly chey-ed. When you left me hanging after the last post thought you were going to say her food caused you diarrhoea or something. Or like maybe she uses some disgusting way to cook food. Too imaginative, lol. Beautiful house!

  53. hahaha, i see all the repeated food, i feel damn ‘jelak’ already.
    how the world the kids can take it ar? wonder if they would beg for differ when they grows up. hahaha

    pity u!

  54. I friggin’ HATE NATTO. Fucken smelly.

  55. oh gosh, that sounded like going through almost the same (healthy) diet of 5 days. OMG, and the refilled veg is really like where-in-the-world-it-get-there.

    Un….be…lie….va….ble…. o.O

  56. Natto tastes so goooooood, I used to eat them like 3-4 times a week for dieting purpose! But the condition is to add effing lotsa miso paste or soy sauce to the beans to wash out the foul smell then eat with eggs! :) *yums*

  57. wow. the strawberry cake looks amazing. and i am sure it tasted great too!

  58. I think I’ll uhm, die : i can’t live without red meat! when i went to japan i didn’t eat much veg at all! lol

  59. FUH~….sedap sial….omelette rice macam pattaya but looks good..gosh need to look for food now…T_T

  60. i can understand how u feel. when i was there for exchange i had anchovies and salted salmon every meal through out my stay without vege that by the end i get so scared of fish.at least u hav vege :)

  61. wah, quite cham wei. At least there’s always a star dish lol. I can noly imagine ur horror when the pickle got refilled!!! lololol datz funny. the strawbies there looked so damn good though!

  62. lol….

    she really saves everything..

    i think this has far been the most entertaining thing for me that you wrote about japan.. :)

  63. she probably thought that you liked the vege pickle…thus got it refilled =P

    • agree. i rmb an advertisement long time ago…thr was this businessman dinner meeting…thr were eating something like fish, i think. Then one of the customer business man finish his meal, the others look at each other, prob some country, then they refill his bowl with more of that dish, then when he finish it, they exchange looks again, then the last scene is all the cook was struggling with a giant fish into the dining room!!!haha…It shows tat diff country have diff thinking n culture of eating…:)

  64. Wow you reply nearly everyone!

  65. wow.. cool… had miss following ur blog for sometime… :) good job :)

  66. i just love the way you gradually stop mentioning the content of the leftovers xD and the cake just look yummy~ but the description and the quote about natto was a bit… xP i’d still want to try it tho, and this come from durian-hating person. perhaps one day…

    i follow your blog on and off, but whenever i’m here i always laugh xD these entries about japan makes me want to go there again real badly >_< how come you could go there for homestay and visit the school? is it job-related trip?

  67. Pretty good post. I just came across your site and wanted to say that I’ve really enjoyed reading your posts. In any case I’ll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you write again soon!

  68. Ringo= apple right? They have apples as sidedishes? :razz:

  69. ever read the book Japanese women do not get old or fat? i guess the veges help! :)

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