Japanese themed evening

We can arrange a Japanese themed evening easily, with buying only a few special decoration or ingredients. I show you some inspiration and an easy but tasty ramen recipe. The ideas apply for date nights, friendly dinners or themed parties.

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Decoration:

  • bamboo  (dish pad, plant)
  • chopsticks
  • rice lantern
  • fan
  • Japanese lantern
  • kimono
  • hair pin
  • china cup

 I don’t think everyone has a kimono, but look around to see how our surrounding is inspired by the Far East.

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Atmosphere:

  • Japanese music (youtube)
  • eating from a coffee table
  • sitting on the floor

Food, drinks:

  • green tea
  • sushi
  • ramen

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Ramen recipe – I’m sure it’s not authentic but it uses ingredients that are easy to buy and it results in a quite original taste.

Ingredients (4 big servings):
  • 0.5 kg meat (of your choice)
  • 1,5-2 liter stock (or water and soup concentrate)
  • 2 pieces of carrots
  • a handful of mushroom (fresh or dried)
  • mung bean sprouts (optional)
  • 4 eggs
  • leek or shallots
  • 2 pieces of garlic
  • a small piece of ginger
  • soy sauce
  • oil
  • 250 g thick pasta (ramen or similar)

 

In a pot slightly fry garlic and ginger. Add diced meat and fry it until white. Add stock or water plus concentrate. Spice it with a few spoonful of soy sauce and a pinch of sugar. Peel the carrots and cut them to small prisms. Add the carrots and the mushroom (sliced if you use fresh) to the soup. In another pot boil eggs, in a third one boil the paste. Slice the leek/shallots, prepare the mung bean sprouts. By the time the eggs and the pasta is cooked, the soup will be good as well. Taste if it needs some more soy sauce or water.

Serving: put a generous amount of pasta in a deep plate or bowl. Pour soup on it so the meet and vegetable pieces are on one side of the plate and the soup covers the pasta but not too much. Place two half eggs on each plate. Arrange the leek and sprouts on the remaining space.

Eating: pick the solid parts by chopsticks. You can use a spoon or just drink the remaining liquid.

Storing: do not mix the pasta and the soup because the pasta will soak all the liquid. In separate containers it stores for several days, but be careful with the eggs.

Enjoy you meal!

Hungarian/magyar: Japán est

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