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Japanese Easy Recipe: Lotus Root and Pork Balls

Lotus root can be used with meat to make delicious and easy to prepare balls/meat balls!
A comfort food appreciated everywhere and a great snack if you like beer!

INGREDIENTS: (For 2 people)

Minced pork meat: 200 g
Lotus root: 60 g
Salt: one pinch
Soy sauce: 1 tablespoon
Ginger: 1 fresh cube 2x2x2 cm
Cornstarch: As appropriate

RECIPE:

in a large ball drop the minced pork.
Grate the lotus root over it.
Add salt.
Mix until you obtain a smooth paste.
Grate fresh ginger over it and add soy sauce.
Mix well.

Prepare one-bite sized balls and coat hem with cornstarch.
Deep-fry at 170 degrees (the best temperature!) until they have a attained a crispy brown color.

Serve at once with some leafy greens for best balance.

So simple and so yummy!
Naturally you can add spices of your liking to the recipe!

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Japanese Cuisine: Carrot Meatballs

Meatballs, or Meat Balls, are a universal favourite.
They can be conceived in a simple and healthy way as shown in Japanese home cooking:

Carrot Meatballs!

INGREDIENTS: for 4 people

-Minced pork: 500 g
-Egg: 1
-Carrot: 1
-Onion: 1 small
-Daikon: as appropriate/sliced into thin quarters
-Panko/Breadcrumbs: 50 g
-Cornstarch: as appropriate
-salt: 1/2 teaspoon
-Sugar: 2 tablespoons
-Soy sauce: 2 tablespoons
-Water: 450 cc/ml
-Bouillon powder: 2 teaspoons

RECIPE:

-Cut the onion into thin slices. Drop them inside an oven-resistant dish. Cover with cellophane paper. Cook in microwave oven for 2 minutes at 600 Watt. Let cool down completely.

Grate carrot and mix with minced pork.

Add salt, onion, egg and breadcrumbs. Mix well.

-Shape meatballs and cover and roll them into cornstarch.

-In a large pan, bring water to boil.
Lower fir to small. Add bouillon, soy sauce and sugar to make a soup. Mix well.
Drop in sliced daikon and meatballs.
Simmer gently until properly cooked.
Serve hot topped with some greens!

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Japanese Cuisine: Meat Balls, Chinese Cabbage & Rice Vermicelli Soup

The Japanese are very fond of two culinary delights, namely dango/団子 or meat balls and haruzame/春雨(Spring Rain) or rice vermicelli.
They do make for great and simple combinations.
How about the following one:

Meat Balls, Chinese Cabbage & Rice Vermicelli Soup

INGREDIENTS: For basic recipe. You can multiply it at will!

-Chinese cabbage: 6 leaves
-Pork belly: 80 g
-Chicken lean breast: 60 g
-Panko/breadcrumbs: 1 tablespoon
-Japanese sake: 1 tablespoon
-Fresh (if possible) ginger juice: 1/2 teaspoon
-Rice vermicelli/Haruzame (dry weight): 20 g
-Egg (beaten): 1/2
-Water: 3 cups/600 cc/ml
-Chicken bouillon: 1 cube or as appropriate, crumbled into powder.
-Salt: 1 teaspoon (can be varied according to preferences and priorities)
-Pepper: as appropriate

RECIPE:

-Chop the core of Chinese cabbage finely, and cut the leafy part in 5 cm square pieces.

-Humidify lightly the panko/breadcrumbs with lukewarm water if coarse. Us them as they are if they are fine.

-Drop the pork belly and chicken lean breast in a food processor and mince. Add the sake, panko/breadcrumbs, ginger juice, beaten egg and a little salt. Mix.

-Soften the rice vermicelli in slightly salted lukewarm water and drain.

-In a pan pour the water. Add cut Chinese cabbage, salt, pepper and chicken bouillon. Cover with lid and cook over a small fire until the Chinese cabbage has become translucent.

-Fashion balls with the processed meat. Add to the Chinese cabbage and cover with lid. Cook over small fire for up to 20 minutes.

-Add the rice vemicelli and cook for 3 more minutes.

-Serve as shown in above picture.
Add some finely chopped thin leeks for a “green” finishing note!

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Kimchi Meat Balls in Sweet & Sour Sauce

I found a whole series of meat balls rcipes in my notes that I will have the pleasure to introduce. I’m sure you will be able to expand on them.
As for today: Kimchi Meat Balls in Sweet & Sour Sauce

INGREDIENTS: for 2 people

Meat balls:

-Dried Daikon Kimchi: 100g
-Minced pork: 200 g
-Panko, Breadcrumbs: 2 tablespoons
-leek (finely chopped): 2 tablespoons
-Egg: 1
-Japanese sake: 1 tablespoon
-Pepper: a pinch
-Sesame oil: 1 and half tablespoons
-Cornstarch: 1 and a half tablespoons

Sweet & Sour Sauce:
-Japanese sake: 2 tablespoons
-Sugar: 2 tablespoons
-Soy sauce: 1 and half tablespoons
-Rice vinegar: 1 tablespoon
-Ketchup: 3 tablespoons
-Chicken bouillon powder: 1 teaspoon
-Cornstarch: 2 teaspoons
–Water (lukewarm): 1 and a half tablespoons

RECIPE:

-Separate the dried kimchi Daikon and chop finely

-Mix all the meat balls ingredients in a large ball and mix well until you obtain a smooth mixture. Shape balls small enough.

-Deep-fry meat balls on low (150 degrees Celsius) fire for 14~16 minutes until you obtain a nice colour and well cooked core.

-In a fry pan drop the sweet & sour sauce, except cornstarch and water. Bring to boil first, then lower fire. Add the corntarch dissolved in the lukewarm water. Drop in all themeat balls and stir until all are well-covered with the sauce.

Serve over a bed of lettuce and brocoli boiled in salted water.

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Japanese Cuisine: Stewed Pork in Black Rice Balls

One more dish we had yesterday at Uzu Izakaya in Shizuoka City was a new creation:
Kakuni Kuro Mai Dango/角煮黒米団子 or Stewed Pork in Black Rice Balls.

It did look a straightforward, but the first bite indicated the complexity of that dish.
Stewed Pork is first made in “Kakuni-style”, which takes quite some time to achieve.
The pork is then cut into tiny pieces and wrapped inside the rice ball.
Now the rice used is black rice. This is a bit of a misnomer a Japanese black rice has nothing to do with the “black rice” (which is not rice) used in Americas and Europe.
Actually it is a dark-red rice variety.
One part of the rice is first steamed into a glutinous paste. More black rice is added to the glutinous paste and the mixture is shaped into a ball with the kakuni inside.
It is steamed again with the result of solid/firm rice grains inside the glutinous rice ball, giving it a satisfying bite enhanced by the pork inside.
The balls (as big as a child fist) are served topped with sweet and sour sauce and fresh trefoil (for taste and colour).
A very satisfying, intriguing dish.

Another treat!

UZU
Shizuoka City, Otowa-cho, 3-18
Tel.: 054-249-6262
Business hours: 17:00=23:00
Closed on Mondays and first Tuesday
Reservations recommended
Credit cards OK
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