Well, after the huge typhoon, there was a huge earthquake. Luckily, Osaka was not affected. I hope the people who were, will be able to get the help they need to get back on their feet as soon as possible.
Changing the subject...As you can tell (because I'm posting), I couldn't stay away from the kitchen.
Today, I was walking the aisles of the supermarket when I spotted spareribs. Usually, they are priced really high (from 680 yen about US$7 or higher) for 6 pieces and not very meaty looking--more bone than meat.
But today, they were reasonably priced and really meaty looking---only 365 yen (about US$3) for 6 pieces. I guess I could have bought something pre-made for dinner since it is only me, but for only 365 yen, it seemed cheaper than to buy something pre-made and plus, this should last for two dinners.
The recipe I used was my mom's...I think. (Awhile back, I had scribbled it on a piece of paper with no notation of where I got the recipe from.)
3 lbs. spareribs
4 cloves garlic
1/2 cup vinegar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup shoyu (soy sauce)
pinch of salt
Bring to boil. Simmer. Cook for 45 minutes.
NOTES: At first, I had cut the sauce amount in half because I only had six pieces, but mid-way through cooking, I noticed that most of the liquid had evaporated, so I added some water and the other half of the sugar, vinegar & shoyu. I only used 1 clove of garlic and an inch sized nub of ginger. Also, I ended up cooking this for 1 hour.
Be sure to pour some of the gravy on your rice (it's one of my favorite ways to eat this dish!)