Adapted from a My Korean Kitchen recipe
Daughter Eilene goes out with her friends a fair amount—which in San Jose means a lot of culinary options. She came home with a new favorite dish, Korean japchae. She asked me to learn how to make it. My first attempt want not a total disaster, but my noodles were over cooked and gummy—decidedly not good enough to post.
Karl’s Vegetarian Japchae
Jan’s favorite dish, when we go to a Japanese restaurant is kitsune udon. Udon is a thick wheat noodle that is a standard for a large variety of Japanese soups—both hot and cold. While kitsune refers to a fox, the distinguishing ingredient in this dish fried tofu—apparently the favorite food of the magical, Japanese, shape-shifting foxes.
Karl’s Kitsune Udon
Adapted from a Just One Cookbook recipe
Friday night my family had dinner at a new Japanese Ramen restaurant. While the atmosphere was fairly authentic, the ramen was more than disappointing. The soup was tepid, the noodles under done, and the egg was icy in the middle. Although I have never made anything but instant ramen before, I knew I could do better.
Karl’s Shoyu Ramen
Dàn dàn miàn (担担面; “peddler’s noodles”) are boiled noodles with a spicy sesame/peanut sauce poured over them. The story goes that lunch peddler’s would carry a dàn dàn—a shoulder pole with a bucket on either end—with the cooked noodles in one bucket and the spicy sauce in the other. When you bought your lunch you were expected to provide your own bowl and the seller would put in some noodles and splash some of the sauce over them.
Karl’s Dàn Dàn Miàn
Sichuan Peddler’s Noodles
I wanted a vegetable/starch side dish to go with my baked salmon. Lately, I have been making dishes with noodles in white sauce for Jan and Eilene. Today, I decided to make it a green sauce.
Karl’s Noodles Florentine
I make chicken soup with whatever bits I have in the refrigerator, the backbones and wingtips of chickens, leftover bits of vegetables from other meals. This recipe is never the same twice, because what vegetables go into it depends entirely on what I have on hand. I do try to get a balance of colors, starch and flavors, but it is always different.
Karl’s Refrigerator Chicken Soup II
This is my first recipe ever to have a name. I first made this soup when Miriam was a small child. More than once she would toddle up and ask for “Papa’s fine soup” for dinner.
Papa’s Fine Soup
All of my girls have colds this week, so I decided to make garlic chicken soup. My mother, like most, swore by chicken soup as a remedy for colds. Garlic is also a natural antibiotic. And although a cold is a virus, it couldn’t hurt.