Number 34: Eating Alone

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(Buta soboro gohan, eggplant and daikon stir-fry with sweet-and-sour douban sauce, broccoli, cherry tomato, and prune slices)

I made a special meal for myself the other night and prepared a bento the next day with the leftovers. Cooking for and eating by myself are things that I have come to appreciate, among other “by-myself” activities like drinking beer by myself, dining out by myself, and talking to myself. My “special” dinner consisted of buta soboro gohan, eggplant and daikon stir-fry, miso soup, and a glass of chilled mugicha. Nothing grandiose really, but I enjoyed the flavours and the fact that I had a “multi-course” meal (instead of the usual plain rice and stir-fry in one big bowl).

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Buta soboro gohan, or pork soboro rice, was my first attempt at flavoured rice. My earlier bento swap with Aki inspired me to make flavoured rice myself. I liked this recipe a lot and thought that it really added to an otherwise plain meal.

To save time, I made extra pork soboro so that the only thing I had to do the next morning was to get everything into my ricecooker and press the start button.

I paired the soboro gohan with “eggplant and daikon stir-fry with sweet-and-sour douban sauce” (quite a mouthful, isn’t it?). The original recipe includes salmon, but I only put in the vegetables since the rice already contained meat. The douban sauce was made by mixing soy sauce, sugar, rice vinegar, corn starch, and… surprise, surprise: Chinese douban sauce. When served cold the next day, it tasted more like pickled daikon and eggplant rather than a stir-fry dish (probably due to the rice vinegar).

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2 comments

  1. I used to go to the movies alone and I quite liked that :) It’s a shame I just don’t have as much time to watch movies these days.

    Not sure if it’s your kind of thing, but I’m passing an award on to you: http://www.soyandpepper.com/2008/02/nice-matters.html

  2. Nilmandra: Thank you so much! It’s very sweet of you.

    I used to go to the movies along too. Sometimes I actually don’t think it makes sense for people to go to movies in a group, since all you do is sit there and be quiet anyways. XD

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