Netflix’s algorithm showcased your story on my Recommended feed. I didn’t even hear of the anime series that you were based on until researching what the ‘Makanai’ translated to in English. Nonetheless, you have a beautiful story of friendship with Sumire/Momohana, food and Japanese culture. Actually, you reminded me a lot of my younger self. So much so that your effervescence inspired me to cook a comforting seafood soup for these cold winter months!
There was a time when all I wanted to do was go to the markets, cook and eat. The vibrant energy of meeting new people, learning about new ingredients, food histories, figuring out how to cook them and seeing people’s faces when an idea comes together. All of this still happens, but it’s different now. Food is one of my passions, and all that comes with it. Even the dirty dishes and waiting for stocks or broths to simmer away. I’m not the most patient person, but for some reason, it always feels worth the wait. Maybe the sweet smell of sauteed onions in butter carried me through the waiting period?
Thank you for staying true to who you are, doing what you love and finding purpose in your disappointment.
This is not a recipe, but a prompt to feed your curiosity with a meal that brought me joy and comfort.
- 1 tbsp white miso paste
- Sweet or white onion
- Lotus root
- 1/2 tbsp fish sauce
- 1/2 tbsp hoisin sauce
- Salt & pepper
- Spritz of lime juice (¼ lime)
I would also include kimchi for flavour variation and canned beans for added protein. Paired with warm rice or vermicelli noodles to make it more fulfilling.