Monday, May 23, 2011


nuoccham The weather has gotten pretty warm during the daytime. Still, nights and early morning are cool and comfortable.

Satoshi has not been eating at home because of his business trip and a drinking party (oh man, I could rant about the after effects of that drinking party...but it would be TMI (too much info) and this is a food blog..ahem!)....

So anyway, while he was gone, I tried to use what I had in my fridge as much as possible.

On one night, I had a repeat of the summer rolls for dinner.

Then the other day, I bought some mini spring rolls with some leftover nuoc cham for lunch. (Along with a musubi and some iced earl grey tea)

In Japan, spring rolls usually have bean sprouts, some minced pork, carrots, sometimes harusame (vermicelli)...the taste and texture reminds me of what the Filipinos call lumpia.

These were freshly made at the supermarket and only 150 yen (about US$1.50) for three....mmm!

I love how most supermarkets have their own kitchens to make different foods instead of having other vendors bring them in.

nuoccham (2) Then for dinner on another night, I bought some fried squid and some harusame namasu.

Harusame namasu is vermicelli noodles, carrots, cucumber and kikurage (wood ear) marinated in a vinegar-sugar mixture...quite refreshing during the summer months.

I drained the vinegar mixture then placed the namasu on top of some lettuce, topped it with the fried squid which I heated in the oven, then drizzled on the last of the nuoc cham.

Wow! this version was awesome and I love how the flavors didn't overpower one another.

What have you been eating?

p.s. if you enjoy our blog, would you please "like" our Facebook page?! Thanks in advance.


Dennis K. said...

Mmm, leftovers! This is why I love personal food blogs... Thanks for sharing. :)

OkiHwn said...

Looks good. And never been to a drinking party in a while.

By the way, the Russkies are quick! They got you aleady!

jalna said...

I loooove fried ika and fried tako!

K and S said...

you are welcome Dennis :)

Thanks Nate :) try look though they don't have my "posts" just the titles...

Thanks Jalna, fried foods so good :)

Take care everyone!

OkiHwn said...

I think if you "join" you can view I think.

Jean said...

At least it isn't Russia! I was listening to NPR and they said it's normal for Russians to take a drinking break at work. It's actually rude to refuse since Russia has such a big drinking culture.

Btw, everything looks delicious as always! Argh, I really envy you Kat! XD

Pocky said...

The fried rolls look great. Reminds me of my dad's egg rolls. As far as nuoc cham goes, I think I have that running through my veins. Ha!

I would go nuts if my hubby was required to attend drinking parties. I would have hacked him to pieces after the first few. He travels every week for work. That has its ups and downs. I just try not to let my imagination get the best of me when he doesn't answer my phone calls on the first try. Hang in there chicky! ;)

K and S said...

not sure what you mean by "join" Nate...

Thank you Jean!

I hear you on the ups and downs Pocky, you hang in there too.

Take care everyone!

OkiHwn said...

I clicked om the 's blog thingy and it replies with "you are not authorized to access this page". Must be a separate site that you can get authorization, possibly even pay for it. Who knows!

K and S said...

ah, thanks Nate, well at least us "everyday" people can't see anything from my blog there now :)

Take care.

Rowena... said...

I'm working (draft post) on what we've been eating, and boy have we been eating! But first...the garden needs to have the daily inspection and weeding.

On another note...I noticed your switch from long to short summary in google reader...and I hope it'll help to dissuade lolos from stealing content, or atleast if they want to see the whole thing, they need to visit your site first (and then you can perhaps see the I.P. address if they aren't going anonymous).

K and S said...

keeping my fingers crossed on the switch Rowena, looks like they are only stealing my titles right now...

Take care.

Japan Australia said...

Nothing beats a good spring roll. I love the mini ones in Japan with some hot karashi.

Japan Australia

Deb in Hawaii said...

You have been eating some great leftovers! ;-)

I just "liked" your facebook page--I need to figure out how to do that one of these days. ;-)

K and S said...

not a fan of the karashi J-A, too spicy for me.

Thanks for "liking" my page Deb in Hawaii, it too me a while to figure it out ;)

Take care you two.

Patzie said...

I'm such a sucker for fried stuffs so these look good!!!!

Already "like" your fb page, Kat :)

K and S said...

Thanks Patzie :)

Take care.

Nami @ Just One Cookbook said...

Y150 for three harumaki! Iina-----! I agree. I think Japanese Osouzai shops are very convenient. And I totally wish we have similar shops here...

K and S said...

Yes Nami, osouzai shops are very convenient, sometimes I get lazy because they are too convenient :p

Take care.