Monday, 30 July 2007

Sushi and hotpot

While waiting for dinner out, I made some sushi for today's lunch (had to use up the inari pouches leftover from the last batch). I bought some smoked salmon and remembered to use the avocado this time (although the latter has gone slightly over ripe, meh).

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Lunch for me and Andy. Identical ones this time.

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Still too much for two lunch boxes, heh. So I had a third one for Tuesday's lunch.

Then we met Siau Wei, Andrew, Jason and Boon for dinner at Nosh. The plan was so a bbq at my house if it's sunny and hotpot if it's raining. When I checked the weather forecast earlier in the week it said rain so we made plans for hotpot. And then it turned out bright, sunny and beautiful yesterday... Anyway, we had a lovely time catching up, especially with Siau Wei moving to Lincoln. She got a gorgeous house with 2 other girls and I know exactly where she lives! I can't believe they manage to get a house smack in the centre of the Cathedral Quarter. They are neighbours with the Tourist Information Centre, that's how central it is. I've been there twice now and it is a gorgeous part of town where all the restaurants and tea rooms are. We'll be sure to visit, especially during the annual christmas market (to seek refuge from the crowds).

We went half-and-half on the hotpot: half normal broth and half super-spicy soup:

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Yes, look at the amount of chilli oil on top. And well the other half wasn't much better either with oil! The hot soup is called ma la hot pot (麻辣火锅), ma means numbing and la means hot/spicy. Very apt description. We ate so much, it was like a buffet. Seafood, veg, poultry, tofu... Better have healthy things for dinners this week.

6 comments:

Pixie said...

I'm moving in! I love sushi, did you write about how to make it? I'll have to have a good read of your blog over the weekend. It's so difficult to find good sushi in England, other than London. It's the one food I truly miss from back home.

Nilmandra said...

That was one of the things I really missed here. It was so easy to get good and cheap sushi back in Singapore. And yes, other than in London, Japanese food is not very common (and expensive when you can find it!). I don't think I've blogged about *making* sushi. I think I'll do that over this weekend or something, and point to some useful websites.

Pixie said...

Nilmandra, that would be great; I'd love to be able to make some of my own. The only place you can get reasonable sushi is at a supermarket and it's awful; the rice is too hard and the sushi just isn't fresh.

Nilmandra said...

No kidding... I tried sushi from Boots once and I swore never again. As you've said, the rice was hard and dry and has no flavour to it at all (not seasoned)! The husband doesn't seem to mind sushi from Sainsbury's when he has a craving but now he could tell the difference and said he prefers mine, heh.

Janice said...

hey karen,
how did u keep the sushi overnight? won't the rice be harden the next day?

-Janice

Nilmandra said...

Janice: They seem to be OK in the fridge overnight in a sealed container. I think I also wrapped the container in a plastic bag to help keep moisture in.

I think it really depends on your fridge too. I had no problems in the UK but with my fridge in Cananda my sushi has a greater tendency to dry out. Things like cling film or plastic bags can help somewhat to prevent moisture loss. I fine the lower part of your fridge (or the vegetable drawer) is also less drying.

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