Stewed Pork with Eggplant and Mushroom; Salmon and Spaghette Squash; Shrimp and Shiso; Rice (July 9, 2017)

The large shrimp and salmon at the market caught my eye this week.  In addition, I thought spaghetti squash would go well with the salmon.  Of course, eggplant and pork generally go well together and became the stewed dish.  Rice with umeboshi or pickled plum rounds out this week’s lunch.

Rice and Umeboshi

  1. Cook rice
  2. Top with umeboshi




I added salmon roe to the rice for added flavor




Salmon and Spaghetti Squash

  1. Marinate salmon (I bought “salmon skin,” which had some meat, but more skin) in mirin, white miso, soy
  2. Cook in marinade over low heat
  3. Cut squash into sections, take out seeds, boil
  4. Cool squash and pull out strands
  5. Grate daikon
  6. Combine squash and daikon
  7. Lightly salt
  8. Toss in sesame oil


I added some green onions to round out the flavors



img_2512Shrimp and Shiso

  1. Peel shrimp
  2. Create a stock from the shrimp heads and peel by boiling them in water with a dash of soy and the end of the onions
  3. Lightly simmer shrimp in strained stock
  4. Wrap in shiso




Added pickled daikon for a tart contrast



img_2514Stewed pork with eggplant and mushrooms

  1. Marinate pork in mirin, sake, soy, red miso, palm sugar, and coconut vinegar
  2. Saute mushrooms and eggplant
  3. Add a splash of sake and cook down
  4. Add pork and marinade
  5. Stew until cooked


The miso gives the dish extra umami depth.


Ingredient and prepration notes:

  1. Pantry staples assumed were: miso, soy, sake, mirin, sesame oil, palm sugar
  2. Making a shrimp stock is relatively simple: saute the shrimp peel and heads in a pot, then add water and boil.  Add soy to taste.  Remove solids and reduce stock for a deep shrimp flavor
  3. Umeboshi is pickled Japanese plum and can be purchased at your local Asian grocery store or Amazon
  4. Spaghetti squash is easy to prepare.  Don’t over cook or it gets too mushy

And so lunch for the week:

July 9 2017



The Bento Doctor



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