On the last weekend of February, Satoshi went to Kyoto, which I talked about yesterday.
MIL sent him home with this...Hinamatsuri kamaboko (fish cake).
The male character (left) is called O-dairisama & the female (right) is called O-hinasama. Both are supposed to represent the Emperor and Empress of the Heian court.
While I appreciate her sending this home with Satoshi, I wasn't sure how or when we would eat it.
It turned out that we ended up eating it after Hinamatsuri passed, but before the expiry date...whew!
We had this with some udon. I usually make my own tsuyu (soup/sauce) for noodles, the recipe is here. I don't strain the katsuo bushi (bonito flakes) before using the tsuyu, I serve it.
I also cut some green onion (from our lanai) and added a pinch of tororo kombu (thinly shaved kelp). We also sprinkled some shichimi togarashi (mixture of red pepper and 6 Japanese spices).
It was a great lunch on a cold, rainy day.