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PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2014 10:05 am    Post subject: food Reply with quote
For my undergrad in the Fall, I want to offer some extra credit to students, who attempt to experience Japanese culture (up until 1650), such as watching a Noh play online, attending tea ceremony (we have 3 tea gardens in the area), listening to classical Biwa, and possibly trying Japanese cuisine. That being said I do not mean sushi, fried rice and tempura. This leads to two issues 1)They would need some ideas as to what is suitable for credit, is boiled white rice, millet, tofu and grilled eel adequate? And what recipe is approximate to the cuisine at the time? 2)Getting the food. We have 3 Asian markets in the city so procuring the stuff would be easy, again they would have to safely cook it. Otherwise they would have to go to the local Habachi (the one next to my house is very flexible, they let me put quail egg on my rice). Which means what kind of menu could be created from a sushi bar/ habachi. These questions are whats frying my brains.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 06, 2014 3:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Check for "Ryori Monogatari" (「料理物語」), a manuscript from 1643 (I have a personal translation that I really need to publish some day--if anyone has suggestions, I really could use an editor and someone to check over the translation).

Some easy stuff includes:

* Udon noodles (very basic, and can be easily homemade; plus the recipe doesn't seem to have changed much)
* Suimono/Miso shiru are pretty consistent
* Various tsukemono

There is a "Nanban Ryori" recipe that is basically a chicken stew with Japanese vegetables, such as daikon instead of European root vegetables.

There are numerous ways to cook and grill fish. I would not recommend them trying early sushi--quick sushi takes a day, and most sushi took longer.

If you want more ideas I can try to dig up my files.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 07, 2014 6:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Because of the popularity of sushi I want to get them away from it and out of their comfort zone. Because a lot of the interested students are anime fanatics I would not want them to watch anime as extra credit, but maybe Ran, Rashamon or Rikyu. I think the goal of the class and the credit is to come at the subject of Japan without an ethno/egocentric view.Anyone even says ninja or bushido has to take the black of the the nights watch.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 07, 2014 7:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
I was thinking of grilled rice balls (using brown rice) smothered in miso. Or grilled shishamo fish. As for sweets, see if the Asian markets sell konpeito, a sugar rock candy that Nobunaga ate. Just trying to give some suggestions.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 08, 2014 5:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
All great suggestions. I think mochi would be nice too.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 08, 2014 7:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Fried mochi with adzuki bean filling. Yummmmm. John
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 10, 2014 7:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
shin no sen wrote:
Fried mochi with adzuki bean filling. Yummmmm. John


Now I am starving. I think squid, urchin, eel and fish as a sashimi would be acceptable.
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