Sushi Gastronomy at Sushi Ko in Shizuoka City (July 2012)!

Service: Pro and very friendly
Facilities: Very clean. Excellent toilets
Prices: Reasonable
Strong points: Great variety of seafood from Shizuoka Prefecture and the rest of Japan. Great list of sake

Time had finally come last night when we both agreed that a visit to our favorite sushi restaurant in Shizuoka City, namely Sushi Ko/すし幸 had been long overdue and that we ought to sample Chef. Kenta Birukawa/尾留川健太’s creations!

Now did we sample this time?

With our first drink (beer) were served a “o-tooshi/お通し/light food served with the first drink consisting of boiled shirasu/シラス/sardine whiting, a true specialty of Shizuoka Prefecture!

O-tsukuri/御造り/sashimi plate!

Suzuki/鱸/Seabass for the Suruga Bay lying against a shiso/紫蘇/perilla leaf finely cut daikon/大根・Japanese radish and myoga/茗荷/myoga ginger.
Note that the fresh wasabi is grated from roots cultivated in Utogi, Shizuoka City, the birthplace of wasabi!

King salmon/キングサーモン with perilla flowers, shiso leaf and agar agar threads.

A Sushi Ko Restaurant specialty: pon kara maguro/ポン辛鮪/tuna dices deep-fried and served with chopped red onion, ponzu and momiji oroshi/紅葉下ろし/Grated daikon with chili powder.

A must at any sushi restaurant worth its salt: Zuke/着け/Marinated tuna nigiri!

After the beer, whereas the Missus ordered wine, I asked for a great local sake, shosetsu/正雪/a honjyozo/本醸造 brewed by Kanzawagawa Brewery/神沢は和酒造 in Yui/由比/, Shimizu Ku/清水区, Shizuoka City/静岡市!

Kinmedai aburi/金目鯛炙り/seared Splendid Alfonsino caught off the Izu Peninsula/伊豆半島! Another famous fish from Shizuoka Prefecture!

Kinki/キンキ/Broadbanded Thornyhead nigiri!

Finley sliced Tsubugai/螺貝/whelk (small variety) marinated in fresh wasabi!

Amaebi/甘海老/Sweet shrimps and Hotategai/帆立貝/Scallop nigiri!

It is not all about fish, Sushi Ko also serves some beautifully cooked morsels!
Geso Karaage/下そ唐揚げ/Deep-fried squid tentacles!

Sushi Ko can also devise sushi exclusively for vegetarians and vegans such as the above manganji tougarashi/万願寺唐辛子/sweet long green chili pepper seasoned with yuzu koshio/柚子小塩/lime pickled in salt or ume/梅/Pickled Japanese plum as nigiri!

Gunkan/軍艦/”Mothership nigiri containing yama imo/山芋/Long Japanese yam with uzura tamago/鶉卵/quail egg and a little Tuna!

A favorite of mine: Tachiuo aburi/太刀魚炙り/seared scabbard fish from the Suruga Bay as a nigiri!

A favorite sushi roll all over Japan: Negi Toro maki/葱トロ巻/finely chopped tuna and leek roll!

Another vegan morsel: Shiso Ume Natto maki/紫蘇梅納豆巻/perilla leaf, pickled Japanese plum and fermented beans roll!

Another vegan morsel: Menegi Nigiri/芽葱握り/leek sprouts nigiri topped with ume!

We finished this grand dinner with an extravagant “dessert consisting of two different kinds of ko-donburi/小丼 (also called ko bachi/小鉢)/sushi served in small bowls: ikura/イクラ(did you know that this particular word is Russian, not Japanese?)? Salmon roe and Murasaki uni/紫海栗/violet sea urchin!

Did you enjoy the pictures?
We certainly enjoyed the food! LOL

To be continued…

SUSHI KO
420-0032 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Ryogae-cho, 2-3-1 (Aoba Park Street)
Tel.: 054-251-9701
Business Hours: 17:00~25:00. 17:00~23:00 (Sundays)
Closed on Wednesdays
Reservations recommended
Credit cards OK
HOMEPAGE (in Japanese)
Smoking allowed. Private room can be arranged for non-smoking (4 people)

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Today’s Bento/Lunch Box (12/31): Wagyu Beef Bento!

There are no less than 12 varieties of wagyu beef in Shizuoka Prefecture!
The Missus fund some (very thin) slices of Shizuoka-bred black hair wagyu beef/kuroge wagyu/黒毛和牛 at a discount price!

She prepared o-nigiri/rice balls for a copious and easy to eat bento!
Can you guess how they were made?

She first made nigiri with freshly steamed rice mixed with hijiki sweet seaweed and golden sesame seeds, the whole enveloped in shiso/perilla leaves.
As for the other kind of nigiri, she first mixed the rice with home-pickled wasabi stem and Kyoto-style pickled cucumber. She then wrapped them in wagyu beef sliced and pan-fried them in sauce!
Absolutely delicious!
And extravagant!
She gave the finishing touch with home-pickled gourd.

The side dish was composed of a salad and dessert:
The salad contained pan-fried mini corn kobs, goya, carrots and sesame seeds and fresh cut tomato.
The dessert included blueberries from Shizmizu Ku, Shizuoka City and mango from Ishigaki Island, Okinawa!

A single word for this bento: a treat!

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Vegan Japanese Zucchini Jam Recipe

Zucchini practically come in season at the same time as eggplants and apart of cooking them together in ratatouille, there pleny of ways to accomodate them to satisfy all culinary priorities.
Moreover, jams should not be a problem for vegans or vegetarians and they do contribute healthy energy!

Vegan Japanese Zucchini Jam!

INGREDIENTS (for about 200 g of jam)

Zucchini: 2 medium-sized green zucchini (for a total of about 200 g). Yellow zucchini and round zucchini are naturaly ok!
Lemon: a large one
Fresh ginger: 30 g
Powder white sugar (or sugar of your choice, but keep color in mind): 100 g
Whole cloves: 2

RECIPE:

Wash the lemon.
Cut the lemon in two.
Press the juice out of one half and keep the juice aside.
Push the cloves into the pressed lemon skin.
Put the the two lemon halves in a gauze pouch and bind/knot the pouch closed.

In a large pan drop all the zucchini thinly sliced (5 mm), fresh ginger chopped into small bits, the lemon juice and sugar. Let soak for 30 minutes.
As for the thinly cut zucchini, it is up you whether to peel them beforehand or not.

Add the pouch containing the spiced lemon skin and cook over medium fire for 25 minutes.

Once the zucchini has got soft take the spiced lemon pouch out.

Reduce the zucchini into a puree with an electric stick mixer.

Taste for eventual rectification!

Jam can be used in many ways:
For non-vegans atop cream cheese.
Vegans shoul also remember it can be used as a sauce! Spread some over steamed vegetables!

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-Beer: Good Beer & Country Boys, Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in kanzai by Nevitt Reagan!
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Vegan North African Cuisine: Couscous-stuffed Round Zucchini

Zucchini practically come in season at the same time as eggplants and apart of cooking them together in ratatouille, there pleny of ways to accomodate them to satisfy all culinary priorities.

Here is a simple recipe inspired by North African and Southern French gastronomies!
Couscous-stuufed Round Zucchini!

INGREDIENTS (for 2 zucchinis. Please don’t fight over them! LOL)

Zucchinis: 2 of two different colors, about 150 g each
Couscous: 80 g
Water: 200 cc (1 cup)
Dried tomatoes: 2
Mushroom: Brown mushroom, a couple
Onion: 1/4
Salt: 1/2 teaspoon
Black pepper: as appropriate
Olive oil: 1/2 tablespoon

RECIPE:

Clean the zucchini

Wrap the zucchini into cellophane paper and cook for 1 mi\ute at 600 KW inside a microwave oven.

While the zucchini cool down chop the dried tomatoes.

Chop the mushrooms in dices.

Chop the onion.
Wash in cold water and drain.

In a pan pour the water, add the dried tomato and mushrooms, the salt. Bring to boil and cokk for a minute or two. Switch off and drain. kep the water for the couscous!

Pour the couscous into a bowl.
Add the still hot water used for cooking the dried tomato and mushrooms.
Cover the bowl with kitchen foil aper and let the couscous absorb the liquid for 8 minutes.

Cut “caps” off the zucchini. Take insides out with a spoon so as to leave “zucchini bowls” about 5 mm thick. Discard the seeds if any. Chop the zucchini fleah finely.

The couscous should be soft enough.
Pour in the olive oil and mix well.

Add the dried tomatoes, mushrooms, chopped zucchini fleah, salt and pepper and mix well.
Naturally you can add spices and chopped herbes of your liking then!

Brush the inside of the zucchini with olive oil and stuff them with the couscous.
Fill the zucchini over the brim!

Pre-heat oven to 230 degrees Celsius and cook for 15 minutes.

Serve immediately or lukewarm.

If you have any coucous filling left just eat it as salad!

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-Beer: Good Beer & Country Boys, Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in kanzai by Nevitt Reagan!
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Japanese Traditional Gastronomy: Suzuki Restaurant in Shizuoka City!

Service: Very friendly and informative
Equipment and facilities: Very clean overall and superb washroom
Prices: Expensive but fair
Strong points: Authentic traditional Japanese gastronomy mainly with local ingredients. Great sake and drinks list. Main dining room non-smoking.

To think that Suzuki/寿々喜 (the last kanji is actually written with 3 “sevens”) moved to Takajyo District only 5 minutes away from my workplace 11 years ago and that it had repeatedly been recommended to me…
I made amends at long last last Friday evening and certainly enjoyed the experience, if belatedly!

Although celebrated in the gastronomic circles of Shizuoka Prefecture and beyond, Suzuki Restaurant is definitely a “hidden address”. A discreet side look at the customers will quickly convince you this is definitely and upper-class establishment in spite of its relatively small size. But its location in Takajyou District, reputedly the gastronomic centre of Shizuoka City, is already an indication of its elevated status!

i recommend you to sit at the counter in the main dining room simply because it is non-smoking and you will be able to observe veteran Chef Takao Suzuki/鈴木高雄さん at work!
Suzuki San will be glad to advise you whether to choose a course according to your budget or from the carte of the day. Don’t forget to ask him about what drink, including local sake, would suit best the dishes you have ordered!

Tsukidashi, the first snack coming with the first drink!

As it was my first visit, I took things easy and ordered three different dishes to be accompanied by three different local sakes!

O-makase no tsukuri/The Chef’s choice of sashimi!

More than half of the seafood was from Shizuoka Prefecture!

From right to left:
Hamo/鱧/Pike Conger Eel, Madai/真鯛/True Seabream/, Bakagai/破家蛤/Chinese Mactra, Tairagai/玉珧/Pen Shell and Katsuo/鰹/Bonitto above.

From right to left:
Tairagai/玉珧/pen Shell, uni/海栗/Sea urchin, Aori Ika/障泥烏賊/Bigfin Reef Squid, and above, Katsuo/鰹/Bonito and Saba Konbujime/鯖〆/Mackerel marinated between seaweed leaves.
Truly extravagant!

I just had to have some cooked fish:
Aka Mutsu Shio yaki/赤むつ塩焼き/Rosy Seabass grilled in salt.
Cooked to perfection with the flesh juisces steaming out under the chopsticks. A treat!

Since it was only the first stage of a long night i opted for a vegetable dish instead of a dessert!
Natsu Yasai Mushi Bachi/夏野菜むし鉢/pot-steamed summer Vegetables including eggplant, asparaguses, okra and tomato!

From another angle…
Not only beautiful, but so delicious!

To be continued…

SUZUKI/寿々喜
420-0839 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Takajyo, 1-6-3, Maison Aoi 1F
Tel.: 054-273-8030
Opening hours: 18:00~21:00
Closed on Sundays and 3rd Monday of the month.
Recommendations highly recommended!
Cards OK

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-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Good Beer & Country Boys, Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in kanzai by Nevitt Reagan!
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Changing Japanese Culture by Richard McMahon & Marcus Grandon

PRESS HERE to watch and enjoy the whole videa!

Following a class project to create and give presentations on Japanese culture, this group of students collected data on cultural attitudes in Japan.
They decided to share their interests and findings on video with others passionate about Japan now and where its culture is heading.
Directed/produced by Richard McMahon and shot/edited by Marcus Grandon.

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Vegan Japanese Dashi/Soup Stock: The Basic Recipe (re-published)

So many times have I heard my vegan and vegetarian friends complain about the fact that most dashi/soup stock is not done according to their priorities in Japan, making it impossible for them to enjoy food in this country.
Fortunately, this is a big misconception. Vegan dashi exists and is very easy to make or request.
Now, to make sure that the same friends can savour Japanese food, either at home or with friends, here is the basic ans simple recipe!
Please save or copy this recipe for future reference!

Vegan Japanese Dashi/Soup Stock

INGREDIENTS: (multiply according to demand. This is the minimum quantity!)

Konbu as sold in Japan

Konbu out of its packaging

-Konbu/dried thick dark seaweed: 5cm×5cm piece (dry)
-Water: 400cc/ml
-Japanese sake: 1 tablespoon (don’t worry, the alcohol will disappear upon heating/cooking!)
-Mirin/sweet sake (same comments as above!): 2 tablespoons
-Soy sauce: 2 and a half tablespoons

RECIPE:

Pour the water into a large pan. Drop the seaweed into the water.
Switch on the fire.
The moment bubbles appear on the surface of the konbu, the water will start sucking the its essence in.
At that time add soy sauce, sake and mirin.

Taste from time to time to decide when taste suits you best.
Switch off fire then and take konbu out.
Let cool completely, pour it inside a bottle. Seal the bottle properly and store inside refrigerator.
Use it as soon as possible.

The seaweed doesn’t have to be thrown away. It is edible as it is once cooked!

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Must-see tasting websites:

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-Beer: Good Beer & Country Boys, Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in kanzai by Nevitt Reagan!
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery