After invading popular Indian Restaurant hotspots from across town for a month or so, I decided to switch gears and head for an ‘All-You-Can-Eat’ sushi place. There are bunch of these types of Japanese restaurants scattered in and around town much like pubs, noodle houses, or hamburger joints. They all serve sushi combo meals, Asahi & Sapporo, hot & cold sake, teriyaki, bento boxes, tempura, soba and teppanyaki or at least, they try to be that kind of Japanese restaurant I grew up with; high and refined in traditions as to their swordsmanship and martial arts (I am a traditionalist to a purist, btw). I was more surprised that after having my ‘All-You-Can-Eat’ extravaganza, I was served a fortune cookie. Would you believe that? Here’s another one. There were a General Tsao Chicken and Spring Rolls on their checklist. That really made me think twice over if I should proceed or not. They should have also listed hamburgers and hotdogs to complete the medley. There are so many of these types of restaurant doing sushi combo meals that finding an authentic Japanese restaurant with that Dojo style feel and some strong Japanese Samurai tradition sketched and painted on their food seem to be an impossible feat. So far, I only found a couple and they definitely have been westernized somehow as well. Anyway, it was my Friday and I was hungry. I went for their Sashimi and Sushi which were so so and tried their Tekka Makki. It came to my plate poorly wrapped and falling apart. Indeed, this restaurant was one of ‘them’; established to cater to the hungry and cheap crowd like myself. I didn’t bother, finished my large hot sake, and wrapped my meal with a Red Bean Paste Ice Cream (?).
I devoured all their Tuna, Salmon, and Butter Fish sushi and sashimi and went on to try a couple of teppanyaki: Beef & Salmon Belly (I know they are expensive). They did justice with the Salmon Belly although by the looked of it, it was steamed. I didn’t find any grill marks nor caramelization whatsoever on the two tiny pieces I was served with, but the salmon belly was tender and the sauce was spectacular. That taste stuck in my head for the next couple of days and when I had a chance to go to the grocery, I found some cheap Salmon Trimmings which were appropriate for this Teppanyaki.
- Salmon Trimmings
- Memmi Noodle Soup Base
- Light Soy Sauce or Japanese Soy Sauce
- Brown Sugar
- Sake (Optional)
- Buckwheat Noodles
- Green onion, finely chopped
- Dried Seaweeds (optional)
Clean the Salmon trimmings, remove the fins, and cut into half. Marinate in Soy Sauce, Brown Sugar, and Mirin for about an hour or so.
Remove the Salmon from the fridge and leave at room temperature. Heat the grill pan and grill the salmon about three to four minutes on each side. Set aside on a plate.
Pour the Memmi Noodle Soup Base (follow instructions indicated on the bottle which I don’t) in a sauce pan together with water, Soy Sauce, Brown Sugar, Sake and Mirin. Let it simmer to reduce for a couple of minutes. Drizzle the sauce onto the salmon and serve with steamed rice.
Heat a pot of boiling water and boil the buckwheat noodles until tender. Drain and run in cold water. Set aside on another plate and garnish with dried seaweed and/or green onion. Pour enough Memmi Soup Base mix with water in a sauce pan and reduce until appropriate consistency is achieved. Serve the sauce in a small bowl as a dipping sauce on the side of the cold soba noodles.
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