Friday, July 25, 2008

Doyou no Ushi no Hi

Just me? It was extremely hot this EVENING and sweat dribbled down my back while walking back to home!

Yesterday was "Doyou no Ushi no Hi". It was a midsummer day when the oriental zodiac is ox. On this day, we eat unagi (eel) to take nourishment and beat the summer heat!

But why unagi?
I just searched and found that it can be anything that starts from "U" on this day! Can be "udon" or whatever! Interestingly, now we eat unagi just because someone has promoted to do so! Like getting a chocolate for your loved one on Valentine's Day! I couldn't find who started though.

Anyway, we had unagi last night! I served it with "Thai red curry marinated natto, mulukhiya (is a leafy gooey summer vegetable), and okra"! Why I used Thai red curry is because I won a free sample of it and had to use it. Also, yesterday I had natto and gooey vegetables for my lunch and got energy, so I used those vegetables for my boyfriend to get the same :)
I think I made a pretty entertaining dish.

Once in two years, we have another day to eat eel in summer, which is called "Doyou no Ni no Ushi no Hi" (8/5), so the next time I will serve the eel in an ordinary way ;) Of course I don't have to wait till this day though.

I'm drowsy now...
I'm so lazy tonight that I didn't even cook anything! (My boyfriend doesn't need dinner, so that is my excuse.)

Okay. See you next week!

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  1. Hi,Ochi

    You felt like really into eel's dishes,right?Well,i'm not really like eel.But i really into Thai curry and tomyam.

    Tomyam is a dish taste spicy and sour.This is really great,I think you should try some too.

  2. Hello josephinechoo!

    Ha-ha! The same! I don't really like eel, too. Just because my boyfriend eats, I buy it sometimes ;)

    I know Tom Yam Kung! Are there any other Tom Yam dishes? My boyfriend loves this as well ;)

  3. Hi,Ochi

    In Malaysia,there are lots of dishes cook using tomyam recepies.

    Example tomyam fried rice,tomyam soup,tomyam flavour express cup noodles and many more..

    Actually,we also can cook any veges or meat using tomyam styles as well..Quite a lots of Malaysian like this tomyam..

    You can tried it as well..

  4. Hello Ochi,

    I see both you and Jose have both eaten eel. I never tried it, we don't have much fresh seafood around here. I love calamari, and eat sometimes we we go out. I have tried udon noodles in soup, much like the homemade noodles I make here! All of us would have a fun time cooking together! Different ethnic backrounds! I don't cook either, when my husband is not home which is rare! :)

  5. Hello josephinechoo!

    Tomyam fried rice sounds delicious! Is that something called Kao Pad?
    I am not good at the language, so I'm just guessing though...

    I will try Tom Yam at home someday :)

  6. Hi jo!

    If you have never tried eel, I don't think you would like it! Oops, I'm saying this just because I don't like it... sorry! But people say that eel on the west side of Japan is good, so I am thinking of trying it out someday over there! I hope you try the good one first ;)

    I don't like calamari, but I can eat when it's soft and not chewy :) I remember that I had a very good one in the US. I don't remember where, but it was the best!!!

    It is nice that your husband is always at home! My boyfriend sometimes comes home in the morning when he missed the last train... Our last train is about 0:00, pretty early! I try to catch it though...


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