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Mushroom inari

Every few months, Son and I go out to eat KBBQ with some of his old coworkers. Charred meat, a huge variety of banchan, your clothes smelling like KBBQ all the way home… what’s not to love? Unless, of course, you’re the one vegetarian of the group, who always gets stuck in the corner, marinating in meat smoke while noshing on whatever meatless dishes the restaurant happens to serve.

To make up for that, every time we have a potluck, I try to make some hearty, delicious meatless dishes that our token vegetarian can enjoy. Especially when he’s the one hosting – it just seems so wrong to bring a meaty dish to a vegetarian’s house.

One of the sushi recipes that I make most often for potlucks and at home is my Spicy Shrimp Inari. It’s simple and delicious… and, as it turns out, seriously easy to convert to vegetarian! Now, this new mushroom inari recipe, along with my Vegan Sushi, are my go-to recipes when I know vegetarians or vegans will be present. Both are easy to make, and both are delicious enough that even serious carnivores love them!

Ingredients
  • 1 package aburaage (inari pouches)
  • 3 cups sumeshi
  • 1 whole portabello mushroom
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp Sriracha sauce
  • 1 tbsp black sesame seeds
Cooking Directions
  1. Cook sushi rice.
  2. Slice the portabello mushroom into long slices, then cut each slice in half.
  3. Melt the butter in a saute pan over medium heat, and saute the mushroom slices until softened and brown.
  4. Prepare the inari pouches according to the directions on the package. (Some require no preparation, while some say you should boil the pouch of inari for a few minutes before using them.)
  5. Mix the mayonnaise and Sriracha sauce until well blended.
  6. Stuff each pouch of inari with about 1/4 cup of rice.
  7. Lay a piece of mushroom on top of each stuffed inari.
  8. Drizzle a little spicy mayonnaise over the mushroom.
  9. Sprinkle sesame seeds over the sauce.
  10. Enjoy!

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It’s been two and a half years since Son and I went to Japan with Rachael and her family, and it seems I never quite finished posting about the trip! Oops.

However, since I find it helpful to refer back to the trip (especially when other people ask for recommendations), and I hope you all find these posts interesting and informative, I’m going to post about the rest of the trip anyways! (And if any of you go to Japan, let me know! I love hearing about other peoples’ trips.)

All the previous posts from our 2012 Japan trip can be found here.

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Our last day in Japan was a short one. We took the Shinkensen, all the way back to Tokyo.


Shinkensen back to Narita Airport


Leaving Kyoto


Countryside


Allison on the train

Of course we had to have some snacks, on the way.


Son with the shumai chips

Shumai chips – odd, but addictive!


Shumai chips


Train conductor


Back in Tokyo


View of houses from the train

Goodbye, Japan! We hope to be back soon!


At the airport.  Goodbye Japan!

(P.S. I’m surprised I wasn’t charged an overweight fee for my bags – half the weight was from cookbooks alone!)


Final cookbook tally

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It’s been two and a half years since Son and I went to Japan with Rachael and her family, and it seems I never quite finished posting about the trip! Oops.

However, since I find it helpful to refer back to the trip (especially when other people ask for recommendations), and I hope you all find these posts interesting and informative, I’m going to post about the rest of the trip anyways! (And if any of you go to Japan, let me know! I love hearing about other peoples’ trips.)

All the previous posts from our 2012 Japan trip can be found here.

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On our last full day in Kyoto, we were lucky enough to meet up with an old friend of mine who now lives in Kyoto. I’ve known Kaori since I was a teenager, when we both danced with the same pre-professional ballet company. These days, she’s dancing as a professional ballerina with a ballet company in Kyoto.

We met up with her at Shijo station, then headed to Cafe Reims.


Cafe Reims menus


Outside of the cafe


Inside of the cafe


Inside the cafe


Kitchen

I ordered pasta with salmon, asparagus, white sauce, and fish eggs.


Pasta with salmon, asparagus, white sauce, and fish eggs

Kaori got a fish burger.


Kaori's fish burger

And Son had a hamburg plate.


Son's hamburg plate


Kaori

After lunch, we headed to Nishiki market, which was just down the street from the cafe.


Unagi shop in Nishiki market


Shop in Nishiki market

Nishiki market hadn’t changed much from when we visited back in 2010 – remember these little candied octopuses?


Octopus

There are so many tasty things to try at Nishiki market, it would be a shame to leave without buying anything!

So we got senbei…


Senbei shop


Man making senbei


Shop selling dried seafood

… black beans…


Allison and Kaori buying beans


Shop selling greens


Shop selling tsukemono


Shop selling misozuke


Allison and Kaori walking through Nishiki market

… yuzu kosho…


Shop where we bought yuzu kosho

… and shoyu mochi with matcha and red bean fillings.


Nishiki market


Allison and Kaori

After shopping, Kaori had to go run some errands, so after bidding her goodbye, Son and I stopped at Ippudo for ramen. Of course.


Just inside Ippudo


Diners at Ippudo


Ippudo Menu


Condiments


Gyoza


Ramen


Ramen


Ramen


Allison in front of Ippudo

Five stars, would go again. 😀


Shellfish shop in Nishiki


Gift shop


Plush sushi


Samurai with utility belt

On our way back out through Nishiki market, we stopped and got some mochi with kinako for dessert. Delicious.


Mochi with kinako

After heading back to the hotel to pack, we finally got to check out the Kyoto Station CUBE.


Yatsu hashi shop

We found some tasty food souviniers to bring home for friends and family.


Allison shopping for food souvenirs to bring home


Mochi


Cakes

… and then headed to the hot food section to find some tasty foods for dinner!


Man making sushi


Inari shop


Tebasaki shop

After purchasing all sorts of deliciousness for dinner, we left the shops in the basement, and headed alllll the way to the top of Kyoto station.


Heading up to the roof of Kyoto Station


View of Kyoto from the roof of Kyoto Station

Way up on the 10th floor of Kyoto station, is a cute little area called “Happy Terrace”, where we sat a bit and ate.


Allison eating the pork and potatoes

We had found all sorts of interesting things, like pork with potatoes…


Pork and potatoes


View of Kyoto Tower across Happy Terrace

… and a beautiful bento box.


Bento box

(We really couldn’t get enough of the bento boxes in Japan – they were all so wonderful!)


Bento box


Schoolkids invading the roof


Schoolkids looking at one of their cameras

And then Happy Terrace got mobbed by a swarm of schoolkids.


Schoolkids everywhere

(Kyoto Tower looks so pretty from here!)


Kyoto Tower

So we headed back down the 10 flights of escalators…


The view down 10+ flights of escalators to the bottom of Kyoto station


Happy Terrace


So many schoolkids!


Heading back down to Kyoto Station


The roof of Kyoto Station


Kyoto Tower


Allison in front of Kyoto Tower

… all the way back down to the train station.


Shinkensen tracks at night

But before we left, we needed to make one more stop!

Had to buy a few last shiro cream puffs from Beard Papa’s, to bring home to California.


Allison buying cream puffs

Back at the hotel, we got into the other two things we bought at the Kyoto Station CUBE.

Five kinds of inari sushi – oh, how I wish I could find these in LA!


Inari Sushi


Inari Sushi


Inari Sushi


Inari Sushi


Inari Sushi

And tebasaki chicken wings. Delicious!


Tebasaki

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It’s been two and a half years since Son and I went to Japan with Rachael and her family, and it seems I never quite finished posting about the trip! Oops.

However, since I find it helpful to refer back to the trip (especially when other people ask for recommendations), and I hope you all find these posts interesting and informative, I’m going to post about the rest of the trip anyways! (And if any of you go to Japan, let me know! I love hearing about other peoples’ trips.)

All the previous posts from our 2012 Japan trip can be found here.

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Having forgotten to put the “Do Not Disturb” sign on our door the previous night, we were woken up at the very early hour of 10am by a housekeeper knocking at our door.

Yeah… we were still pretty exhausted from all the walking the day before.


Tuna onigiri

But since we were already up, may as well take full advantage of our second-to-last full day in Japan!

(After a quick breakfast of tuna onigiri, of course.)


Shinkensen tracks at Kyoto Station

We walked to Kyoto station, and took the Shinkensen to Shin-Osaka.


View from Fukushima station

From there, we couldn’t figure out where to go. Son wanted to go to the aquarium, but he also wanted to go to this “food street” he had heard about, and I wanted to go to a cookware street that my cousin had told me about… but unfortunately we only had a limited amount of time to see Osaka.


Fukushima station sign

Which pretty much meant we promptly got lost. Yeah, the Fukushima station was not where we were supposed to get off for any of the above destinations. Oops.


Fukushima station

Luckily the Japanese trains come by quite regularly, and the line we were on was very similar to the Yamanote Line in Tokyo, in that it just goes in one big circle around the city. So you can’t get too lost.


JR-Namba station tracks

Plus in the time we had to wait for the next train, we managed to figure out where we wanted to go.

Pretty soon we were on our way to the JR-Namba station.


Suica machine


JR-Namba Station


Outside JR-Namba Station

So which destination did we choose?


Walking along a main street in Osaka


Crossing the street to get to Dotonbori


Buildings

Well, you know us.


Walking through a covered strip mall


Side street

Of COURSE we went with food.


Dontonbori

Dotonbori is a street lining a canal in Osaka, and it’s famous as a food destination. There are restaurants all up and down the streets surrounding the canal. So. Much. Good. Food.


Ramen shop at Dotonbori


Dotonbori

Our first stop was an okonomiyaki and takoyaki shop.


Takoyaki

Osaka is known for its okonomiyaki and takoyaki, so this was a no-brainer.


View out the back of the okonomiyaki restaurant


Takoyaki

We got eight takoyaki – four with worcestershire sauce, and four with shoyu. They were excellent, of course.


Allison eating takoyaki


Takoyaki inside


Okonomiyaki

We also got a pork okonomiyaki (and when they say pork, they really mean bacon) with egg and scallops. Good stuff, man.


Allison eating


Posters inside the restaurant


Okonomiyaki


Cutting the okonomiyaki


Serving the okonomiyaki


Okonomiyaki close-up


Tables inside the restaurant


Outside of the restaurant


Outside of the resturant


Hawker outside of the restuarant

Then we wandered…


More restaurants


Pastry stall


Dotonbori


Side street


Food stall

… right into another bookstore, where we bought a Japanese cookbook all about ice cream, and some Japanese cooking magazines.

No, we did not buy the Japanese version of Twilight, though the Japanese “Edward” on the cover is pretty amusing.


Twilight in Japanese

More wandering…


River and crazy ferris wheel


Another view straight down the river

… and more food, of course.


Crepe Ojisan


Crepe

This time, a Japanese crepe with strawberry ice cream, pound cake, chocolate, and whipped cream.


Crepe


View of the river from the other side of the ferris wheel

Then we headed back to a ramen place we had read about. Kinryu Ramen is easy to find – it’s the shop with the huge dragon coming out of it!


Ramen shop


Inside of the ramen shop


Allison in the ramen shop


Kinryu Ramen


Chashu in the ramen

After lunch part 2, (which was delicious, by the way), we tried to find our way to Doguyasuji – the cookware street.


Wandering Osaka, looking for Doguyasuji


Getting closer to Doguyasuji

On the way, we got distracted by ice cream. Again.

(But can you blame us? In Japan’s hot, humid summer, as much ice cream as possible is a must!


Pastry stand


Man making pastries


Another pastry stand


People dressed up as characters

This time, it was came in the form of a wafer filled with ice cream and red beans. Delicious


Wafer cookies filled with red bean paste and ice cream


People dressed up as characters


Allison with the wafer pastry


Wafer cookie with a bite taken out of it


A person dressed up as an old man character

And then… hey, look! We found Doguyasuji!


Found Doguyasuji!


Doguyasuji


Cat statue


Bowls

I tell ya, this is food blogger heaven.


Allison, and lots of spoons


Tons of dishes


Knife shop


A food blogger's dream!


Side street

On our way back to the train station, we stopped at Choco Cro again, and bought a matcha daifuku croissant to snack on.


Choco Cro Matcha Daifuku Croissant


Inside of croissant


Reading one of our magazines on the train back to Kyoto

By the time we got back, the Kyoto Station CUBE was closed, so we picked up dinner at Family Mart again. (The best.)

Oh – and one more interesting thing you’ll find in Japan, but not in the US: oftentimes, disposable chopsticks come with a toothpick! How nifty is that?


Chopsticks come with a toothpick!

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