Japanese Hot Pot With a Friend

アメリカ人のお友達と夫も交えて3人で夕食をご一緒することになり、インド旅行のことで色々とお世話になっていることもあり、和食がお好きなこともあり、レストランではなくうちでお鍋はいかがですかとお招きしました。本当にお鍋とお口直しのサラダだけ、という簡単な夕食ですが、喜んでいただけたようでした。

An American friend, my husband and I were going to have dinner together and we were going to suggest a restaurant, but I thought it might be nice to invite her to dinner at home as she likes Japanese food and she’s been giving us quite a lot of help with planning our India trip.  It was just Japanese hot pot and a little salad, very simple, but I’m happy that she seemed to have enjoyed it.

うちのお鍋は白菜の代わりにアイスバーグレタスを使います。他に人参、えのき、しいたけ、春菊、豆腐、鶏団子。今日は他に、鹿児島の黒豚も(臭みなく美味しかったです)。鶏団子にはお豆腐とニンニク、生姜、みりん、豆腐、塩、胡椒、シャンツァイ、コーンスターチを入れています。

Usually, people use Chinese cabbage as the main vegetable for a hot pot but my husband and I aren’t so keen on it so I we use iceberg lettuce.  Other vegetables we use are carrot, enoki mushroom, shiitake mushroom, shungiku (green leafy vegetable) and tofu.  I also make chicken balls.  Also today I also got Kagoshima Kurobuta (pork).  For chicken balls, I add garlic, ginger, mirin, tofu, salt, pepper, coriander leave stems and corn starch as well as some tofu to minced chicken.

たれは市販のタレと白ごまペースト、ニンニク、生姜、みりん、醤油、唐辛子、シャンツァイを混ぜました。

For the sauce, I add store-bought sesame sauce to sesame paste, add garlic, ginger, mirin, soy sauce, red pepper (chilli pepper) and chopped stems of coriander leaves.

 

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テーブルは、今日はお花が主役です。

Naturally, the main thing on the table today is the bouquet.

 

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今日ご一緒したお友達は来月中旬にアメリカに本帰国されるので、お目にかかれるのはとりあえずは今日が最後でした。年に1度はシンガポールにいらっしゃるとのことなので、タイミングが合えば来年はお目にかかれるかもしれません。ニューヨークでも、お元気で!

This friend is leaving Singapore for good in the middle of next month so this is going to be our last time to see her – at least for a while.  She says she will be back to Singapore once a year, so if the timing is right, hopefully we’ll see her next year.  Hope all the best for the new chapter in her life in New York.

 

 

 

 

 

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