Comfort food

I’ve been not feeling so good the past couple of days, which finally emerged as the sore throat that conquered the world.  It hurt to even swallow last night, so I made myself comfort food my adopted mom in Japan had sent me, and took the day off from school, and slept in, and am finally beginning to feel a little better.  The Japanese food was a comfort.  When I get sick now, I always want miso soup and rice.  It warms me up without feeling so heavy.  In any case, my adopted Japanese mom is always putting up pictures of recipes she’s made on her webpage, so I’ve decided to keep that tradition, especially since most of the stuff I made was stuff she’d sent me.  🙂

Behold the beauty of Miso soup with wakame (seaweed) and tofu.

Miso soup

Marvel at Japanese rice generously arranged with furikake (vegetable sprinkles)

Rice and furikake

Feast your eyes on the miracle of oden, a Japanese winter dish of daikon radish, potato, konnyaku (a gelitinous creation made from dragon root), fish cakes and boiled egg.


And now onto trying to get some work done.  Have a good weekend.



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8 responses to “Comfort food”

  1. Haddayr Avatar

    Miso is very nice for a sore throat, I’ve always thought. Feel better!

  2. Christopher Barzak Avatar
    Christopher Barzak

    Arigatou, Haddayr! The miso soup has already got my throat feeling better.

  3. Jason Erik Lundberg Avatar

    Feel better, d00d.

  4. Christopher Barzak Avatar
    Christopher Barzak

    Thanks, Jason. Hey, take care in your move, guy. And best of luck. I think you’ll love it, personally.

  5. Maureen McQ Avatar

    Is that yellow miso? I am beginning to learn that there is more than one kind of miso. Are they all good for sore throats?

    Signed, a secret miso lover.

  6. Christopher Barzak Avatar
    Christopher Barzak

    It’s actually red miso called yamabuki. It’s one of my favorite misos, but I have to say the other two best misos are made in Nagoya and Sapporo. I think they’re all good for sore throats, but the red miso feels especially soothing to a sore throat to me for some reason. If you want to try this type and can’t find it down there, let me know and I’ll send you some. If you make your own miso soup, make sure to get the dashi for it, though; otherwise it doesn’t taste as flavorful. If you search the phrases yambuki red miso, google should turn up a page for it, I think.

    Also, this may sound odd, but if it’s not too gross to you, a handful of slivers of spam is actually good in miso. Again, that’s if you’re okay with spam. 😉

  7. Karen M Avatar

    I am not okay with spam, but I wish you lived next door so I could come over and eat some of that miso. (Don’t worry, I’d trade you my homemade chicken soup. Hope you’re feeling better now!)

  8. fusakota Avatar

    Me preocupaba mucho el ODEN.
    Ya puedo estar tranquiro al ver lo, seguramente en el NABE.
    Muchas gracias!


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