Encouraged by Geri's positive natto-eating experience and further spurred by Aunty's article extolling its virtues, I went to Nijiya Market to buy me some natto. I couldn't find the exact one that Natto King recommended, nor the one that my cousin Gary said was his favorite (Shirakiku's Mito No Aji). So, I picked this one . . . because it was on sale and because while I was studying all the different natto in the freezer section of the store, a lady came and without hesitation grabbed it and put it in her basket. Plus had the "Okame" lady on it, a Natto King recommendation.
It contained the "tare" and "karashi" packets. Good. Good.
I used the "side, side, slide" method to remove the plastic covering. I caught a whiff. Oh Gawd. I held my breath while a did the "litoru mix".
I put a small glob on some hot rice.
I started chanting to myself. Just do it. Do it. Don't pause. Don't think. Don't smell it. Just do it. Do it. Do it. Do it. And then I did it. I shoved it into my mouth.
And it wasn't too bad . . . taste-wise anyway. But I thought it needed some reinforcement. So I added some of Mich's andasu and some cucumber kimchee. I mixed it all up and took a couple more bites.
And that was it. Two more bites. It was the sliminess that did me in. I couldn't go on. I had to dump the rest. Ack. Fail. But now I can say that I tried. I think I'm gonna go look for the natto pills that Aunty recommended. I hope they're small pills.
I made a half recipe amount. My sister Didi is gonna cringe at the buss-up-ness of my pan, but cannot help . . . it's the perfect size, and I no more one better one. I sliced up about 5 apples and then sprinkled with sugar/cinnamon.
Then I made the topping and poured some melted butter over it according to the recipe.
Baked at 350 degrees for 55 minutes.
Ate with some Roselani Macadamia Nut ice cream right outta the oven. OMG!
Actually it was a little too sweet. You could probably lessen the amount of sugar . . . maybe even half the amount.
According to Honolulu Aunty, we should all eat natto, and after I read her article The Power of Natto, I wholeheartedly agree. Unfortunately, my nose is situated right above my mouth, and my eyes are situated right above my nose. And those two senses have prevented me from partaking in even one single natto bean. When my sister Geri ate natto for the first time and declared that she liked it, I began to think that maybe there is a difference in the brands of natto. Maybe there is a brand that's better tasting than others. Geri got her natto from a breakfast buffet in Japan. I just have to find a good one here. I searched online and found this video. This is The Best Natto, according to this guy.
The guy is so funny. I watched the video several times 'cause he had me cracking up. "no no no no . . . side side slide"
"important point - litoru mix, litoru mix"
"hado mix . . . no no no no" "brrrrrr . . . *cough* *cough*"
Mich made some andasu (abura miso) and gave me a jar. She followed Kat's recipe found here. Mich is diabetic so she lessened the sugar. She also no like ginger, so she substituted garlic instead. As soon as I opened the jar and took a whiff, I started salivating. Ho da smelled so good.
I thought it would be good in some saimin, so I added it to my home lunch a few days later.
In fact, I made three . . . one for me, one for Mich and one for CQ. I used Sun Noodle frozen saimin from Costco. We microwaved some water and added the dashi pack when came time for eat . . . not exactly right from the stove, but still was ono.
Thanks Mich!! And you too Kat, for providing the recipe!!
I think the name of this was Honey Biscuit. It has the word "Biscuit" in it anyway. It is so so so so ono! I don't know how to describe it . . . it's buttery, sweet, soft, a bit custardy. It's not like a biscuit at all . . . more bready. They sell it at Boulangerie Bakery which is on the corner of King and Kaheka. It's kinda expensive - $3.50. But it's big so you can half it with somebody. You gotta go in the morning though. By mid day it's usually sold out.
Say what? Puff Paratha? Never heard of it? Me too . . . until pal Shar told me about it. It comes frozen, five in a pack. Around $4 . . . I think . . . I kinda forget already.
She directed me to this obscure (to me) Asian-type market on Kaumualii Street. I loved the market . . . it's spacious and clean and got all kine stuff.
I was shocked when I opened up the package. I didn't expect it to be doughy, so I had thrown it into the 'fridge instead of the freezer when I got home. Each piece comes sandwiched between plastic sheets and WHEN FROZEN easily peels off.
I fried it up in a little bit (no need too much) of Hokkaido butter (because I have!!!). It puffs up and browns in seconds.
Aunty had it with her hamburger stew. I've eaten it several times already. I looooooove it. I gotta go back and buy some more. Here's the hamburger stew recipe if you like um: Jalna's Hamburger Stew.
I don't know of anyone else who can single-handedly pull off something like this, but Leslie can. She organized an Olympic-like competition for the people of our office. We met this past Sunday at Ala Moana Beach Park. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Leslie, for all of your hard work. We got to enjoy a bit of exercise, a lot of fun and choke good food.