Tried out a jar of hot and sour paste from one of the Asian grocery stores, and this Tom Yum paste was really extraordinary. Definitely need to pick up another jar soon, since this makes a nice change of pace from miso soup and my soon dubu .
Tom Yum Tofu Soup with scallions, cilantro, bean sprouts, mushrooms, carrots, onions, cabbage and a bell pepper is delicious.
Japanese Vegetable Curry with Udon Noodles
With some defrosted leftover Japanese curry, the addition of some onion, carrot and potato helped perk up the curry. Japanese curry is great with rice, or alongside a fried pork cutlet (tonkatsu), or with udon noodles. Although I've made versions in the past with beef or chicken, I actually prefer the all vegetable curry the best.