Saturday, June 11, 2011

Welcome/Farewell to the Office Dinner

The new job has been really interesting and the hours of the day fly by.  With my predecessor getting ready to move across the world, we gathered after work at the home of our boss.  His wife is an excellent cook and she made some amazing and nostalgic Japanese foods.  A lovely welcome and farewell dinner with my coworkers.
 Water chestnuts wrapped in bacon. 
The salty flavor from the bacon and the crunch were addictive, perfect with a cold beer.
 Nimono dish
Nimono means simmered, and this includes carrots, baby bamboo shoots, potato and konnyaku with chicken.
 Hijiki salad.
Dark and thin seaweed and carrots simmered in soy sauce, sugar, mirin and dashi.
 Tofu "meatballs". 
Tofu is mixed with black sesame and formed into meatless meatballs.  Delicious.
Deep-fried panko-crusted mashed potato mixed with minced beef.  There's an art to making croquettes.  These had a crunchy exterior and a soft interior.
 As a special farewell dish, beef curry and rice.  Slightly spicy and very good.
 Mix fresh fruit
Watermelon, fresh lychee, persimmon, strawberry and Asian pear.
As a final dish, she made matcha jelly with agar agar, adzuki beans and homemade mochi.

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