Favorite Meal – Oyakodon 親子丼

"Oyakodon" Cedar Park, 2019
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“Oyakodon” Cedar Park, 2019

I wasn’t feeling 100% health-wise today, but I did get to enjoy my favorite meal this evening. Oyakodon 親子丼 is so yummy! ❤

Sushi Feast

"Nigiri" Austin, 2018
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“Nigiri” Austin, 2018


This evening we celebrated Bay’s recital performance by going out to eat at his favorite restaurant, Komé Sushi Kitchen. The recital was actually last week, but our schedule was so full that we had to postpone the dinner until tonight. Anyways, we feasted on many of the dishes we always get, such as kaki-furai (fried oysters), ebi-furai (fried shrimp), camembert tempura, a few of the kids’ favorite sushi rolls, and a nice variety of nigiri.

But we did try a few new things. Yesterday, the Komé chefs broke down a whole tuna from Japan, so we enjoyed some of the sashimi from that, and it was the first time for me to try the duck breast and foie gras sushi. It was amazing! We also got the kani cream korokke (creamy crab croquette) which was delicious.

"Camembert Tempura" Austin, 2018
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“Camembert Tempura” Austin, 2018
"Kani Cream Korokke" Austin, 2018
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“Kani Cream Korokke” Austin, 2018
"Big Rolls" Austin, 2018
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“Big Rolls” Austin, 2018
"Sashimi" Austin, 2018
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“Sashimi” Austin, 2018
"Duck and Foie Gras Sushi" Austin, 2018
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“Duck and Foie Gras Sushi” Austin, 2018

I hope you had a nice Sunday!


Simple is Good

"Oyakodon" Cedar Park, 2018
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2, 1/125 sec, ISO1250
“Oyakodon” Cedar Park, 2018

こんばんは。How’s it going?

I feel like I must have about a dozen of these posts… a photo of oyakodon and a short paragraph about it being my favorite food. So this time, I’ll just say that we had oyakodon tonight because Mariko was going out with her friend for fondue and this is a super quick prep meal. Basically, she cooked the chicken, broth, and onion in a skillet, then left it for me to finish preparing when the kids came home. That just involved adding five eggs and some green onion to the skillet and cooking it all up. Finally, I served it over rice, put some nori on top, and voila – dinner is served! 😄

I hope you had a nice day!


Curry Nite 2

"Curry and Eggs" Cedar Park, 2018
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“Curry and Eggs” Cedar Park, 2018

こんばんは。As you can see from the photo, it was Curry Nite at our house! Actually, this is day-2 curry, so it’s even better… and we cooked up a few eggs that my coworker’s chickens “donated” to us. The yolks are really bright and tasty, although in the photo I bumped up the vibrance a bit because I like the look.

We still have a lot of curry leftover, so it will probably go into the freezer so we can enjoy it farther down the road. Curry is one of the big three in Japanese home-cooking as far as I’m concerned. The other two being Oden and Nabe. But you can’t beat a big pot of curry IMHO!

I hope you had a nice Wednesday!


#1 Meal

"Favorite Meal" Cedar Park, 2018
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“Favorite Meal” Cedar Park, 2018

こなばんは。 How’s it going?

Tonight Mariko went out to a movie with a friend, but before she left, she prepared my favorite meal for us: oyakodon (親子丼). I’ve mentioned it before, but the word “oyakodon” means “parent and child donburi”, and it refers to it being chicken and egg. Kind of macabre, but oh so yummy!

Anyways, Mariko prepared the chicken, onion, and broth and left the covered pan on the stove for us to finish cooking. I basically just had to add the lightly beaten eggs and cook until the desired doneness. Sometime we’ll top it with nori (seaweed) and/or scallion, but tonight, we just had it plain with a bit of hot pepper. To me, it’s a perfect meal!

When I lived in Japan I used to go to a bento place called Hokka Hokka Tei. It was fast, convenient, and inexpensive. Although I wasn’t a huge fan of oyakodon back then, my favorite dish was a similar one called “katsu-ju”, which was breaded pork cutlet with egg on rice. Mmmmm! If I remember correctly, it was one of the more expensive items on the menu, at around 500 yen. But if I was short on cash that day, the noriben was also yummy, and only something like 220 yen. I miss those days!


In other news, I caught up with Segodon (episode 10 currently) and am still enjoying it. The character Princess Atsu (played by Kitagawa Keiko) is the subject of another Taiga drama from several years ago, Atsuhime (hime=princess). I’m going to start watching that one too, but at 50 episodes, it’s going to be a long haul. 😀

I hope you had a nice Monday!