Soba – Take 3

November 13, 2011

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Soba is a different art all together.  So this is just a hobby rather than a professional effort.  I have been trying to make soba for a while now on my noodle machine.  I have not been able to create something I am satisfied with. 

I believe one issue is the size distribution of the particles of the organic buckwheat flour I purchased.  Due to it being too rough, it won’t hold water to keep the noodles intact. This time, I used kansui and increased the ratio of wheat flour, lowered the ratio of water and it came out pretty good appearance wise.  The taste is not soba but buckwheat ramen due to the kansui contained.  Next will be take 4, I will try omitting the kansui and slowering down the rolling speed.  

The more I fail, the more respect I gain for the soba master at Shimbashi in Chevron Island.  He has his own stone mill to create a fine flour.  He uses nothing but a bowl, stick and knife to create the exquisite noodles.


Confit of Ocean Trout

October 5, 2010

A friend gave me a magnificent fillet of Tasmanian Petuna ocean trout and the caviar too!  The same fish used by Tetsuya’s for the titled dish.  For those of you who don’t know of Tetsuya’s or his signature Confit of Ocean Trout, this is arguably the most famous and photographed dish in Australia.   

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Ureshino Green Tea

April 1, 2010

I never even cared too much about taste of green tea until a couple years ago when my mother in law gave me a bag of Ureshino green tea.  I was dumbfounded.  It tasted too good…  It was more like,,,  instant soup, loaded with umami MSG. 

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Landmark Restaurant / History of Our Beloved Cars

November 18, 2009

ブリスベンから南に8km。Sunnybankという巨大中華街があります。ここのLandmarkレストランの飲茶は美味しいです。人気なので週末の11:30-14:00くらいは避けたほうがいいと思います。

After 5yrs of research, Landmark Restaurant in Sunnybank is the best yumcha restaurant in southeast QLD (according to me!).

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Handmade Toy Kitchen

October 29, 2009

オーストラリアの人はよくDIYをする。自分もアメリカの中学、高校での木工の選択授業はかなりハマッテいた。

こちらは家を自分で立ててしまうようなツワモノが多く、そのためホームセンターは相当充実している。自分も一軒家に引っ越してから週一回以上のペースでBunnings Warehouseにいっている。さらには簡単なドリル、サンダー、Jig Sawなどの1点20ドルくらいの電動工具を買いはじめて、ついに大物のTable Sawを買ってしまった。というのも娘のためにおもちゃのKitchenがほしかったのだが、売っているものは200-300ドルくらいし、それならと思い、Table Sawを200ドルで購入、製麺機の梱包に使われていた廃材を使って作ってみた。仕上がりはご覧の通り、娘にもかなり高評価をもらっている。

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A kitchen that I made for my daughter.  I used the wood of the packing material that was used to transport the noodle making machine.