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Hi. I could use some help. I some ways to make a traditional Japanese meal. I really do not know much about Japanese cooking it is for my advanced culinary arts class. I wanted to do a main course a dessert and two sides. About the only thing I know for sure is that I want to do a whole fish, cut it down the middle and cube it but as for the type of fish how to cook it or anything else I am a bit stumped. Any help will be appreciated.

post #2 of 7

Could you give us some more details. 

 

Do you want to use soup. 

What kind of meats are you comfortable cooking. 

What kinda of flavors do you want...

 

For main, make it simple and go  tempura fried fish, with prawns etc.... accompanied with a sauce either spicy or with some tang. 

 

That or a whole grilled fish... YAKIZAKANA

 

As a side...

 

I would do a soup side with a very flavorful broth. 

Maybe go Udon (noodle that are thicken then soba), with some fried tofu, and some veg such as celery and carrots with some cabbage or bean sprouts. 

 

Or

 

O-hitsashi with is some broiled vegetables cut small with some dashi broth, in a little soup cup. 

 

Another side could be dumplings stuffed with pork. Use wonton wrappers... maybe 3 units per person. 

If not that maybe a daikon side with some cabbage, broccoli and sprouts with miso. 

 

That or quick grated zuchini, carrot and onion salad seasoned with sesame seeds and ginger. 

 

For dessert green tea ice cream...

That or make a bean paste maybe include some condensed milk. And use that paste to stuff some rolls. It would almost be like a faux Manju. 

 

It could also be a bit ballsy to try to do some sushi or even vegetable maki rolls. 

I would try to include rice into the meal since it is a japanese staple and used in most japanese family meals. 

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I am comfortable with cooking any type of meat as long as I have a guideline on how to prepare it the first time through.  For the main I was going to grill a whole fish and section it in the middle and serve it on a banana leaf. I wanted to experiment with tofu but I again would have little to no idea what to do with it. This project is me expanding into cultures that I have little to no experience in. If you have any recipes that you could share that would be great since I am building upon what I have. I usually use a set recipe once so I know how a food is prepared then I tinker with it.  For the sides I was thinking of roasting a sweet potato and doing the other side as  Nasu Dengaku. But I am looking around before I set my mind. As for the dessert I have no knowledge whatsoever on Asian desserts let alone japan alone.

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Well i gave you a small or possible ideas on a menu. 

 

Now you just have to decide on what you think is difficult. 

Japan even though is small has a wide array of cuisine. 

 

For dessert if you want it to be easy the green tea ice cream would be great <_< its so simple. 

I once worked with a cook whos husband was japanese, and she made amazing desserts, she once made a fried dough very thin think almost like pockies i would say, flavored with ginger and sugar. 

 

Also banana leaves are not often used in japanese cuisine , i may be wrong but its widely used in central america, indonesia and malaysia as well as in mexico and other spanish speaking countries, have yet to see it in japanese cuisine. 

 

Now my next question, do you want your meal to be traditional japanese dishes, or japanese inspired...?

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I would like it to be Japanese traditional. In even way possible from the ingredients to the method of how it is prepared and cooked

post #6 of 7

As stated and with what you are comfortable doing... 

 

I would do whole grilled salmon or mackeral. 

 

Rice

 

O-Hitashi

 

Daikon, sprouts and dashi broth

 

And green tea ice cream <_< . 

 

Now some easy traditional japanese desserts would be:

 

Amanatto: beans cooked, toasted and covered in sugar (like honey roasted nuts lol). 

Manju: Sweet dumplings with a variety of fillings

Dango: Dumplings covered in a sugar based sauce usually served on sticks

Yatsuhashi: Which is basically a wontom wrapper baked stuffed with red bean paste , served crunchy or soft. 

Mochi: Rice cake stuffed with sweet bean paste....

 

Yeah alot of things with bean paste, rice, rice flour, you could search other desserts, utilizing different methods, but i found these were a lot more doable and simpler. 

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post #7 of 7

Their is also...

 

Sata Andagi: Whcih is just a dough made with flour, sugar and eggs, and deep fried almost like donuts. Commanly eaten in Okinawa. 

Mochi Icecream: which is basically a pounded sticky rice bases ice cream.

Castella: Which is a sponge cake found in japan brought by the portuguese. 

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