Looking east…

If you are as old as I am, you probably would remember the once-upon-a-time Look East Policy.

I was somewhat baffled at the time as we were supposed to look towards Japan and emulate the ways of the Japanese so that our country would be just as progressive and advanced. The trouble was Japan was somewhere towards the north and if we were to look east, we would be looking in the wrong direction.

Anyway, I am not here to discuss politics or any of those stuff – it so happened that we had some culinary delights from the countries up north, Japan and Korea, for dinner that day because we tried the instant Kuching laksa for lunch and did not cook anything for dinner.

Since we were still feeling quite full, come dinnertime, my girl said she would make some Japanese sushi for something light and she came out with these…

I loved the ones with prawn and avocado…

….because I am not really into canned tuna…

…but my girl is o.k. with it so she liked them both.

My missus likes it hot so she added the fiery chili garlic sambal…

…that we got from my friend, Mandy, the other day and she had those spicy darker shade ones all to herself.

My girl also made a few of these…

tteokkochi or grilled Korean rice cake skewers because she had some of the tteokbokki left over from that day.

She added some gourmet cocktail sausages to the skewers and bask them with bulgogi BBQ sauce and honey and grilled them well…

…on a grill pan. It turned out really well and we sure enjoyed it very much.

That sure was a welcome change from our usual rice plus dishes meal for dinner.

Author: suituapui

Ancient relic but very young at heart. Enjoys food and cooking...and travelling and being with friends.

6 thoughts on “Looking east…”

  1. Wow, all the sushi looks so good. Needless to say, of course, anything with prawns will bring the taste up to another level. The grilled Korean rice cake caught my attention and make me wanted to sink my teeth into them..😋🤤

    I love sushi but what we had that day, I think I liked the strong taste of those Korean skewers more and I would not mind a bit more of the sourish rice in the sushi – could hardly feel it with all those ingredients.

  2. That does look pretty good! I once made when was in US for some Indian colleagues, was a fun activity

    I never tried. Just leave it to the ladies in the house and they seem to enjoy it very much, does not look difficult at all.

  3. I make sushi sometimes too.
    The easiest one to make is chirashi zushi, no need to use nori.
    Just sprinkle all the toppings on rice.
    I don’t use Japanese vinegar either, I use apple cider instead. Ha ha…

    I think the Korean gimbap is more aromatic, they don’t add vinegar to rice.
    They use sesame oil.

    1. We had Korean gimbap at a Korean restaurant here, very nice too but I did not notice any difference,
      I am not into sesame oil, unlike the Koreans, and even though we do have apple cider in the house, I prefer Japanese vinegar for sushi.

  4. As long as the food is cooked, I am ok with Japanese food once in a while.

    Oh? So you are not into sashimi either? Same here, none for me, thank you every much…especially when our salmon is imported, frozen, not freshly caught…and farmed!

  5. The food looks delicious. Your daughter did a fantastic job. I know you and your wife are very proud of her.

    I remember the “look to the east” from the Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. Gandalf stated that. Since the second volume, The Two Towers, was published in 1954, that saying has been around for a long time. I believe I’ve heard the expression before reading it within the book; however, I cannot remember where it was mentioned.

    Yes, it sure was a delightful dinner, nice to have those for a change.

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