Sicilian Rice (Not Sicilian At All)

この数日は、弟と2人の夕食。日本でも時々食事の支度をしますが、わたしのレパートリーの幅が狭すぎて(そして普段の食事が日本の家族とは違いすぎて)何を作ればよいかさっぱりわからず困ります。今日の夕食は、「シシリアンライス」を作ってみました。

I decided to make “Sicilian Rice” for dinner for my brother and myself today.  This “Sicilian Rice” is not actually Sicilian at all but it’s a meal that is eaten in Saga Prefecture in Kyushu in Japan.  There are a few different stories why it’s called “Sicilian” but nobody seems to know the truth.  The interesting thing is that in Japan (and I’m sure in many other countries) there are certain food that is known only in a very small area and this is one of them.  A friend of mine who is from Saga told me that she thought it was just one of the dishes that all Japanese ate until she moved to Tokyo, when she found out people in Tokyo didn’t even know such a thing existed.

「シシリアンライス」は佐賀のご当地料理なのだそうで佐賀出身のお友達が数年前にシンガポールで作ってくださったのですが、先日ブログにアップされていたのを拝見して懐かしく、そういえば2度ほど作って忘れていた、と作ってみることに。

She made it for our mutual friend and myself once for lunch when she lived in Singapore quite a few years ago.  She was in Saga Prefecture recently and blogged about Sicilian Rice, which reminded me that I liked it very much but haven’t made it for a long time.

色々なバージョンがあるようですがお友達に教えていただいた基本形は、牛の薄切り肉を焼肉のタレ(市販のものでも手作りでも)でマリネして玉ねぎと焼き、ご飯の上に焼いた時に出る汁を少しかけてから焼いたお肉と玉ねぎをのせ、レタス、トマト、きゅうり、アボカドなど好みの野菜を加え、上からマヨネーズをかけて好みでゴマだれもかける、というもの。

It’s basically rice covered and/or surrounded with thinly sliced BBQ style beef & onion, raw lettuce, cucumber, tomato and other vegetables you like.  I added avocado as my friend also used it when she made it for us.  You also put some mayonnaise (Japanese mayonnaise is much lighter and has some acidity, I think it’s similar to English Salad Cream – but not as sweet and a little more sour) and some Japanese sesame shabu-shabu sauce on top.

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好みが分かれそうなお料理という気がしますが、初めてだった弟も美味しいと食べていました。

I’m happy to say my brother liked it, too.

調味料の量が難しいように感じます。今日はお肉とご飯は丁度良い加減でしたが野菜を一緒に食べると味が薄くなったのでゴマだれを野菜のドレッシングのようにかけて食べました。もう少しお肉の味付けを濃くしても良かったような気がします。今日は市販のタレを使ったのですが、豆板醤かラー油などでピリッとさせるともっと美味しかったかな。

I think I probably should have used a little more yakiniku sauce.  The balance was good when you eat the beef, onion and rice but when you have just the salad it needed more seasoning – I used sesame sauce like a dressing and it worked fine.  I think, though, I would probably add something spicy to the sauce next time.

ご飯の量は1膳分くらいだったと思うのですが盛りすぎたのか、苦しいくらいお腹いっぱいになりました。

 

 

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