No Recipes vol. 2

For this week’s No Recipes roundup, I have for you 2 classic Japanese dishes along with 2 pseudo-Indian ones. If you’re wondering what the deal with all the dashi inclusive dishes is, I had an audition for The Next Food Network Star today and needed to bring my signature dish pre-plated and I also had to do an on-camera 5 minute demo. I decided to do the demo on making home made dashi, so I’ve been playing with different variations all week.

As the Angry Asian Man points out, there’s really a dearth of yellow folk on The Food Network, so hopefully season 5 marks an end to that;-)

If I have time this week, I’ll post my first video blog (a practice run of the demo I caught on tape).

Pork Kakuni with Bok ChoyThis week’s No Recipes isn’t completely devoid of instructions because I’ve posted about this dish before. This is one of my all-time favorite dishes, so I make it relatively frequently (much to my cardiologists chagrin). The pork belly braises in dashi for several hours in a low temperature oven which renders out a lot of the fat and releases a ton of collagen that makes the meat just melt in your mouth. I used this for the “plated dish” part of my audition today.

Japanese hotpot with a slow cooked eggHere’s another winter Japanese dish called Nabe (which literally means pot). It’s basically a Japanese hotpot (aka steamboat) dish that you cook at the table. It’s a broth made from dashi with light soy sauce and mirin that you cook lots of veggies, some tofu, pork and mushrooms in. You can really put just about any combo of meat, seafood (I really like crab) and veggies in this one and it’s about the easiest thing in the world to make. It makes for a hearty warming meal yet it’s relatively light and healthy. You could easily make this vegetarian by omitting the pork and using a dashi made with kombu and mushrooms.

I took the liberty of topping this one with an onsen tamago (or slow cooked egg). If you’ve never had one before it’s a transformational experience because it’s not like any egg you’ve ever had before. I’m planning on posting a recipe for it later this week, so hang tight.

Cauliflower Tika MasalaI’m a total novice when it comes to cooking Indian food, but I had some cauliflower and butternut squash in the fridge, so I made this veggie “tikka masala”. I use the term loosely because while it did have tomato and cream in it, I went a bit light on the cream so the tomatoes came through a bit too much.

NaanI don’t know if I ever mentioned this before, but I absolutely hate wasting stuff. I had some pizza dough left over from a few days back and it occurred to me that it might make good naan if cooked it on the stove in my cast iron skillet. This was the result.

  • http://www.souvlakiforthesoul.com/ Peter G

    Love the results…good luck with the audition. That veggie tikka masala looks great. Naan and all…

  • http://www.souvlakiforthesoul.com Peter G

    Love the results…good luck with the audition. That veggie tikka masala looks great. Naan and all…

  • http://manggy.blogspot.com/ Manggy

    Good luck with the audition, Marc! I totally agree that there aren’t enough Asians on FN. Was the last one Ming Tsai or Kylie Kwong? (Is she even on FN?) I’m so excited for you!
    Even if I’m not your cardiologist, I have to express my concern over the pork… Send some here to lighten your arterial load ;)

  • http://manggy.blogspot.com Manggy

    Good luck with the audition, Marc! I totally agree that there aren’t enough Asians on FN. Was the last one Ming Tsai or Kylie Kwong? (Is she even on FN?) I’m so excited for you!
    Even if I’m not your cardiologist, I have to express my concern over the pork… Send some here to lighten your arterial load ;)

  • http://www.everydaycookin.blogspot.com/ Darius T. Williams

    Good luck on the audition – I hope it works out. I love the dish too!

    -DTW
    http://www.everydaycookin.blogspot.com

  • http://www.everydaycookin.blogspot.com Darius T. Williams

    Good luck on the audition – I hope it works out. I love the dish too!

    -DTW
    http://www.everydaycookin.blogspot.com

  • http://voodoolily.blogspot.com/ Heather

    omgomgomg how’d it go? Did you already have the audition? I hope you’ll be feeling well enough to see it all the way. I’m rooting for you 100%. I agree that Asians are the last People of Color to see any air time, and it’s about time!

    @Mark – Kylie Kwong is on Discovery Home, and Ming Tsai was originally on PBS (or was that Martin Yan?), if I recall correctly. Not that I’m keeping track. ;)

  • http://voodoolily.blogspot.com Heather

    omgomgomg how’d it go? Did you already have the audition? I hope you’ll be feeling well enough to see it all the way. I’m rooting for you 100%. I agree that Asians are the last People of Color to see any air time, and it’s about time!

    @Mark – Kylie Kwong is on Discovery Home, and Ming Tsai was originally on PBS (or was that Martin Yan?), if I recall correctly. Not that I’m keeping track. ;)

  • http://amritac.wordpress.com/ Amrita

    Ha…pizza dough for naan…clever. The pork belly looks delish! And best of luck with the auditions!

  • http://amritac.wordpress.com Amrita

    Ha…pizza dough for naan…clever. The pork belly looks delish! And best of luck with the auditions!

  • http://www.eatingclubvancouver.com/ _ts of [eatingclub] vancouver

    Oh wow. Good luck!

  • http://www.eatingclubvancouver.com _ts of [eatingclub] vancouver

    Oh wow. Good luck!

  • http://bigboysoven.blogspot.com/ Big Boys Oven

    when I hear you mentioned that the pork will melt in the mouth makes me wanting them now, I salivating myself now!

  • http://bigboysoven.blogspot.com Big Boys Oven

    when I hear you mentioned that the pork will melt in the mouth makes me wanting them now, I salivating myself now!

  • Johnny

    Good luck with the audition! If you get on I’ll root for ya, as long as you ain’t whiny or an asshole on TV.

  • Johnny

    Good luck with the audition! If you get on I’ll root for ya, as long as you ain’t whiny or an asshole on TV.

  • http://sooishi.blogspot.com/ sooishi

    just discovered your blog on tastespotting, love it!
    Your pictures are sooo good!

  • http://sooishi.blogspot.com/ sooishi

    just discovered your blog on tastespotting, love it!
    Your pictures are sooo good!

  • Marc

    Thanks Peter!

    LOL Manggy, I’ll send some right over. I think Ming Tsai and Martin Yan were both PBS guys, and I’, not sure about Kylie Kwong.

    Thanks Darius

    Heather, while I’m not sure if it was good enough, I did the best I could have done, so I’m pretty happy with how things went. Oooo I’ll have to check out Kylie’s show on DH, I picked up one of her cookbooks when I was in Australia years ago and love it, had no idea anyone knew about her over here.

    Thanks Amrita, love your blog!

    Thanks TS!

    Big Boys Oven, you should give it a go sometime, it’s pretty simple to make. The hardest part is waiting for it to be tender enough because about half way through, you’ll start smelling an amazing aroma that will make you drool.

    Thanks Johnny, I don’t think you’ll have to worry about me being whiny, and I’ll do my best not to be an asshole;-)

    Sooishi, hahahha I it took me a minute, but I finally figured out what your blog title means… tres drole:-) You’ve got some great photos on your blog too!

  • Marc

    Thanks Peter!

    LOL Manggy, I’ll send some right over. I think Ming Tsai and Martin Yan were both PBS guys, and I’, not sure about Kylie Kwong.

    Thanks Darius

    Heather, while I’m not sure if it was good enough, I did the best I could have done, so I’m pretty happy with how things went. Oooo I’ll have to check out Kylie’s show on DH, I picked up one of her cookbooks when I was in Australia years ago and love it, had no idea anyone knew about her over here.

    Thanks Amrita, love your blog!

    Thanks TS!

    Big Boys Oven, you should give it a go sometime, it’s pretty simple to make. The hardest part is waiting for it to be tender enough because about half way through, you’ll start smelling an amazing aroma that will make you drool.

    Thanks Johnny, I don’t think you’ll have to worry about me being whiny, and I’ll do my best not to be an asshole;-)

    Sooishi, hahahha I it took me a minute, but I finally figured out what your blog title means… tres drole:-) You’ve got some great photos on your blog too!

  • http://www.tartelette.blogspot.com/ Tartelette

    Good luck with the audition! They came to do auditions in Charleston where I live too…I did not enter however! Can’t wait to see you on tv!!

  • http://www.tartelette.blogspot.com Tartelette

    Good luck with the audition! They came to do auditions in Charleston where I live too…I did not enter however! Can’t wait to see you on tv!!

  • http://www.weareneverfull.com/ We Are Never Full

    good luck! you are right on… it’s been a LONG running rant of mine how much the food network gets under my skin – esp. with the lack of minorities in any capacity on there. now that the corporate monsters over there (yeah, you can tell i dont’ really like tFN) feel like they’ve got their minority quota filled w/ the neely’s and sunny, they may just lay back for a bit! let’s hope not – they need Asians on the network! I’ll never understand them.

    go you! we’re in your corner!!

  • http://www.weareneverfull.com We Are Never Full

    good luck! you are right on… it’s been a LONG running rant of mine how much the food network gets under my skin – esp. with the lack of minorities in any capacity on there. now that the corporate monsters over there (yeah, you can tell i dont’ really like tFN) feel like they’ve got their minority quota filled w/ the neely’s and sunny, they may just lay back for a bit! let’s hope not – they need Asians on the network! I’ll never understand them.

    go you! we’re in your corner!!

  • http://newlywedcooking.blogspot.com/ sharon

    Just catching up on your blog…OMG! How exciting. My husband and I have been baffled on how there are no yellows on the network. He votes for me, but I think you’re much more qualified :) I’m so excited for you!

  • http://newlywedcooking.blogspot.com sharon

    Just catching up on your blog…OMG! How exciting. My husband and I have been baffled on how there are no yellows on the network. He votes for me, but I think you’re much more qualified :) I’m so excited for you!

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