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Old 04-17-2011, 04:12 PM   #261
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My dumplings box lunch.





1. osuimono soup, with tofu, wakame and funn
2. rice with grain mix and dollop of katsuo/umeboshi
3. potsticker gyoza and traditional spinach ohitashi
4. tangerines and chili bits arare

Osuimono, likely on a restaurant menu, is a clear dashi soup, with just a splash of light soy sauce and mirin, maybe a tiny curl of lemon peel. Ohitashi, also on the menu as a salad, is a simple tsukemono of steamed spinach rolled into a log and squeezed of liquid. I cut into servings and freeze. Sprinkle with katsuo dried bonito flakes and soy sauce. Dipping sauce for the gyoza is in a little disposable squeeze bottle, made for bento lunch boxes.

That looks fantastic!

Would I use umeboshi paste the same way as a plum? The store that carried the plums changed to paste.
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Old 04-17-2011, 04:14 PM   #262
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Spork - I love your itty bitty soy sauce bottle.
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Old 04-17-2011, 04:30 PM   #263
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Spork - I love your itty bitty soy sauce bottle.
They come in bags of 12, I think they are expected to be disposable, but they are easy to clean. I love the little pigs.
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Old 04-17-2011, 08:31 PM   #264
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Yup, the bottle is shaped like a pig. I magic-marked their caps with two snorting nostrils. And yes, I too reuse them, washing them by sucking and squirting soapy water several times. Another common shape is a fish.

My umeboshi paste, same as something in a tube, is just a plum with its seed removed. I chop it up together with a handful of katsuo flakes to a paste consistency. It's the most common, and my favorite, onigiri rice ball filling.
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Old 04-17-2011, 09:40 PM   #265
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Spork, that last bento looks great and reminded me I have many gyoza still in my freezer.. Sounds like lunch, baby! Also, I think PF has a new nickname.. Speaking of which, feeling any better, fifi-chan?
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Old 04-17-2011, 09:51 PM   #266
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No kidding! I bought some to work with, opened it and was quite struck by the powerful smell. By 4 in the morning , the smell was so overpowering it woke me up, I went out in the kitchen and put it outside the back door. I threw away the whole bottle. The flavor was really good, but I could not handle that smell.
What brand did you have, fifichan? The fish sauce I have doesn't hardly smell and I've got both a sensitive nose and my girlfriend who has a sensitive taste.. Neither of us have found the sauce I use offensive.
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Old 04-17-2011, 11:36 PM   #267
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Yup, the bottle is shaped like a pig. I magic-marked their caps with two snorting nostrils. And yes, I too reuse them, washing them by sucking and squirting soapy water several times. Another common shape is a fish.

My umeboshi paste, same as something in a tube, is just a plum with its seed removed. I chop it up together with a handful of katsuo flakes to a paste consistency. It's the most common, and my favorite, onigiri rice ball filling.
Thanks, Spork...then I will get it! I just wasn't sure, had decided to buy the plums and then they switched on me.
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What brand did you have, fifichan? The fish sauce I have doesn't hardly smell and I've got both a sensitive nose and my girlfriend who has a sensitive taste.. Neither of us have found the sauce I use offensive.
I'm feeling much better, after a switch in blood pressure medications, thank you for asking.

It was a brand from Asia, I can't remember which. I'm just glad it was inexpensive. I could handle the flavor, but not the smell. What brand do you buy?
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Phu Quoc Flying lion brand fish sauce. It's a vietnamese sauce.

Here is a link to a picture of it.
"Flying Lion" Vietnamese-Style Fish Sauce: Amazon.com: Grocery & Gourmet Food

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Old 04-19-2011, 05:26 PM   #270
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Compared to most normal people, I'm fishy.
That is, I've yet to meet a fish I didn't like to catch or eat.

Though I like fish sauce, even I won't put up with it in my kitchen. My last 3oz bottle was a Japanese brand. About six drops(!) of the liquid in a wok stunk the house for two days despite opening all the windows. I had to toss it, too, like a cheap spray of Au de Phu Quoc.

I will look for Flying Lion on the next visit to one of my local Asian markets, and give it another chance, but I'm skeptical...
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