No Recipes vol. 14

Pastel de Tres Leches with Dulce De Leche

This edition of No Recipes, features experimental Japanese food, a dessert revisited, and a No Recipes guest appearance on The Dairy Show. For those of you not familiar with these roundups, I use them as a place to show you my outtakes. Most of these dishes are either practice runs, left overs, or remakes of things that I’ve previously posted, which is why they don’t get their own post. Enjoy!

Homemade Udon Noodles with dashi and Tomatoes

Homemade Udon – Being the huge fan of homemade pasta that I am, it occurred to me that it was a little odd that I’ve never tried making any Japanese noodles at home. Of the Japanese noodles, udon seemed like the easiest to make, consisting of water, salt and flour, so I thought I’d give it a go.

To get the characteristic chewy texture, it’s necessary to knead the crap out of it, so this is a job best left for your Kitchenaid + dough hook, or for one of those days when you feel like you need to take your aggressions out on something. After kneading and resting the dough, I rolled it through the thickest setting on the pasta maker, then hand cut it using a very sharp knife. The finished udon was boiled, chilled, then served with cold dashi and some tomatoes. Tomatoes may sound like a weird accompaniment, but they make for a nice umami bomb, and fresh counterpoint to the dense noodles.

Pork Belly Stir Fry with Egg

Pork Belly Stir Fry – This was one of those random dishes that came about because we didn’t really have anything else in the fridge. I found some sliced berkshire pork belly in the freezer, a half red bell pepper, a quarter onion, some serrano chilies, garlic, and wilting arugula. This all got sauteed with some fish sauce, soy sauce and brown sugar and was served with a sunny side up egg.

Pastel de Tres Leches

Pastel de Tres Leches – A couple months ago, I met Michael from The Dairy Show, who produces an awesome online show that covers all things dairy. He asked me if I wanted to do a show with him and I responded with an enthusiastic yes. This led to a Saturday shoot complete with tripods and lights in my tiny kitchen where we documented the making of my Pastel de Tres Leches recipe. It was a lot of fun, and I’m already thinking about other milk-centric dishes I can make with him next time.

Sunchoke Mentai Hash

Sunchoke Mentai Hash – In Japan, it’s common to find shredded potatoes served in a sizzling skillet with cod roe and butter. It’s an Izakaya (Japanese tapas bars) staple and more importantly, the combination of butter, crisp potatoes and cod roe is fantastic with a frosty beer. I decided to do my own take using sunchokes instead of potatoes. The sweetness from the sunchokes adds a whole new dimension to the dish, complimenting the creamy and briny components nicely.

Scallop, Uni and Ikura donburi with ramps

Scallop, Uni, and Ikura Donburi with Ramps – I had a small amount of sea scallops and uni remaining from some past meals and needed to do something with them before they went bad. Donburi’s are a great way to use up leftover meats and veggies. Just saute everything in a little oil, add some soy sauce, mirin, sugar and dashi, then pour some beaten eggs all over everything. Cook covered for a few minutes to set up the egg, then serve the omelet over a bowl of rice along with any remaining sauce in the pan. This one got topped with some grated mountain yam and ikura.

  • http://onlinepastrychef.wordpress.com/ Jenni

    I’m eating at your house from now on.

    Love the Umami Bomb–great description!

  • http://onlinepastrychef.wordpress.com/ Jenni

    I’m eating at your house from now on.

    Love the Umami Bomb–great description!

  • http://www.minimalchronicles.blogspot.com/ chiara.u

    Hi Marc! As usual gorgeous pictures!!! They all seems soooo yummy… BTW, I’ve posted my GREEN SAUCE, completely different from yours, but traditional of my region! I’d be happy if you tell me what you think about :))
    Bye!

  • http://www.minimalchronicles.blogspot.com chiara.u

    Hi Marc! As usual gorgeous pictures!!! They all seems soooo yummy… BTW, I’ve posted my GREEN SAUCE, completely different from yours, but traditional of my region! I’d be happy if you tell me what you think about :))
    Bye!

  • http://elrasbaking.blogspot.com/ elra

    Amazing presentation and the food look so delicious Marc! As always!

  • http://elrasbaking.blogspot.com elra

    Amazing presentation and the food look so delicious Marc! As always!

  • http://www.shesimmers.com/ Leela@shesimmers

    Homemade Udon! You have GOT to tell us more about that, Marc. I am intrigued. What kind of flour do you use? How do you roll and cut it? Etc.

    Everything looks so good, especially the pork belly stir-fry.

  • http://www.shesimmers.com Leela@shesimmers

    Homemade Udon! You have GOT to tell us more about that, Marc. I am intrigued. What kind of flour do you use? How do you roll and cut it? Etc.

    Everything looks so good, especially the pork belly stir-fry.

  • http://www.shesimmers.com/ Leela@shesimmers

    You explained the Udon in the post. Duh. Sorry.

  • http://www.shesimmers.com Leela@shesimmers

    You explained the Udon in the post. Duh. Sorry.

  • http://constableslarder.com/ Giff

    I like the use of sunny side up egg in your “what’s in the fridge” meal :)

  • http://constableslarder.com Giff

    I like the use of sunny side up egg in your “what’s in the fridge” meal :)

  • http://lisaiscooking.blogspot.com/ lisaiscooking

    Your tres leches cake look fantastic! The fruit on top and the sauce are great!

  • http://lisaiscooking.blogspot.com/ lisaiscooking

    Your tres leches cake look fantastic! The fruit on top and the sauce are great!

  • http://feedingmaybelle.blogspot.com/ maybelles mom

    Homemade udon? We need homemade soba last fall but didn’t love the results. They have become our white whale. I don’t think I should start with the udon–how many whales can one need.

  • http://feedingmaybelle.blogspot.com maybelles mom

    Homemade udon? We need homemade soba last fall but didn’t love the results. They have become our white whale. I don’t think I should start with the udon–how many whales can one need.

  • http://www.bouchonfor2.com/ Mel

    Even your left-overs are superbly tempting. *shakes fist after wiping off drool*

  • http://www.bouchonfor2.com/ Mel

    Even your left-overs are superbly tempting. *shakes fist after wiping off drool*

  • http://www.everydaycookin.com/ Darius

    BAM!!! I’m suddenly hungry…just like that after reading this post.

  • http://www.everydaycookin.com Darius

    BAM!!! I’m suddenly hungry…just like that after reading this post.

  • http://blog.lemonpi.net/ Y

    Your ‘outtakes’ looks so delicious! I still haven’t gotten round to making my own udon yet. I must, I must..

  • http://blog.lemonpi.net Y

    Your ‘outtakes’ looks so delicious! I still haven’t gotten round to making my own udon yet. I must, I must..

  • http://pithyandcleaver.com/ maggie

    I wish I just happened to have some sliced pork belly in my freezer…

  • http://pithyandcleaver.com maggie

    I wish I just happened to have some sliced pork belly in my freezer…

  • http://www.slim-shoppin.com/ Jenn@slim-shoppin

    I think I love your site so much because I see foods/flavors/combo’s of things I would never make.

    I love udon noodles, and I have a kitchenaid, so I may just have to try that!

    Everything looks great Marc! Have a great weekend!

  • http://www.slim-shoppin.com Jenn@slim-shoppin

    I think I love your site so much because I see foods/flavors/combo’s of things I would never make.

    I love udon noodles, and I have a kitchenaid, so I may just have to try that!

    Everything looks great Marc! Have a great weekend!

  • http://blog.american-otaku.com/ alecho

    Wow… awesome food blog! I’m soooo hungry now. I an amateur cook, and I love cooking for my girl. I was searching the net for new ideas and I stumbled upon your blog. good job! will follow more closely! :)

  • http://blog.american-otaku.com alecho

    Wow… awesome food blog! I’m soooo hungry now. I an amateur cook, and I love cooking for my girl. I was searching the net for new ideas and I stumbled upon your blog. good job! will follow more closely! :)

  • http://www.candypenny.blogspot.com/ Marie

    Homeade udon? So delicious..especially on a rainy day.

  • http://www.candypenny.blogspot.com Marie

    Homeade udon? So delicious..especially on a rainy day.

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  • http://www.foodieview.com Michele @ FoodieView

    Hi There!

    I wanted to let you know that our website, FoodieView (www.foodieview.com) recently launched a new feature, Foodie Views of the Day (www.foodieview.com/views/). The idea is to provide an alternative forum where foodies can share their culinary photography talents. The feature also allows your readers to vote on their favorite pictures.

    We would really love showcase some of your photos on Foodie Views of the Day. Please let us know if you are comfortable with our use of the photos from No Recipes. Additionally, if you have photos to which you are particularly partial, or which you would especially like to show off, please feel free to send them to me or to submit them directly to the site by following this link: http://www.foodieview.com/views/submit_info.jsp

    Thank you!
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  • http://kitchensidecar.blogspot.com/ katiek @kitchensidecar

    I’ve tried to made hand pulled noodles. and yes, kneading is requisite. to be honest, this is something that may never be better than those I buy at the store… sadly

  • http://kitchensidecar.blogspot.com katiek @kitchensidecar

    I’ve tried to made hand pulled noodles. and yes, kneading is requisite. to be honest, this is something that may never be better than those I buy at the store… sadly

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