Kitayama’s Amberjack Nigiri
Phew! After intensively studying for the MCAT for the past few months, it’s finally over & I can finally move onwards with my life. I felt as though studying for this dreaded standardized test was equivalent to pausing everything I really wanted to do & not so much a step closer to getting to where I need to be for my career. It’s not as though I’ve lost interest or passion in a career in the health field – the MCAT has just been a pesky splinter in-between my toes. I put nearly everything else on pause while I focused all my brain power into pushing through the pain & plucking out that minuscule fragment causing my misfortune.
To numb the pain a bit with ice, Josh & I had dinner at Kitayama, a beautiful Japanese restaurant with a crew of friendly staff including gorgeous servers–hollah at my girl Vy–, nice hosts, & entertaining sushi chefs. We ordered the omakase, which grants the chefs liberty to be creative with the fish they had. It’s always a wonderful experience to see what new mouthwatering dishes sushi chefs come up with right in front of you. Having been able to consume such wonderful meals in the past few weeks, I decided to compile a post of mouthwatering Asian dishes from various countries–realistically, I just posted three, but whatever just go with it.
Japan (fusion): Omakase at Kitayama
Many thanks to the staff at Kitayama for providing us with a one-of-a-kind dinner. Josh has never had sushi quite like this before & his tastebuds were having a joyous celebration in his mouth.
Japan: Matsuri Bara Chirashi from Sushi Koto
This lunch combination was less than $20 & it was the second meal I had after having returned from a family vacation in the Bahamas. It was a magnificent lunch, which had me licking the bottom of the plastic bowl like I was some starving Homo habilis! If you’re in the OC area, Sushi Koto is one of the best restaurants for chirashi.
Japan: Cucumber & Enoki Salad with Sesame Dressing
The recipe for this salad is simple enough: sliced cucumbers, sautéed enoki in hot sesame chili oil, scallions, & sesame seeds. I used a recipe from Japanese Cooking 101 for the sesame dressing, but I wasn’t really satisfied with it so I tweaked it quite heavily. I’m not 100% sold on the recipe, so when I concoct a better sesame dressing recipe, I’ll post it.
South Korea: Mul-Naengmyeon (Korean Cold Noodles in broth)
I didn’t make this delicious Korean cold noodle dish from scratch so I don’t have a recipe for you, however I wanted to show you the tiny tweaks you could add because a hard-boiled egg, tobiko, or both make a huge difference! The noodles, broth, & sauce were from a huge frozen package – amazing nevertheless.
China: Shrimp Wontons in Spicy Garlic Sauce
New recipe for delicious shrimp wontons in spicy garlic sauce that’ll have you slurping every last drop. Well, at least I was gulping every last drop!
Hope all of you are having a wonderful first week of April. TB’s first giveaway will be held sometime by the end of this week or next week! To end this post on an uplifting note, here’s one of my favorite quotes:
“When we are able to recognize & forgive ignorant actions done in one’s past, we strengthen ourselves & can solve the problems of the present constructively.” -The Dalai Lama