Hello! Let's play "What Did I Eat at the Japanese Restaurant?" There are some items that I'd love to find or try to make at home, but I don't know what they actually are, so no real way to start.
Mystery 1: Awesome Soup.
My family and I used to go to an awesome Japanese restaurant that served up some wonderful soups. I think the soup I always liked to get was either Sukiyaki or Mizutaki, but it came with a light tan sauce that one poured into the clear soup to make it awesome
. This sauce was lightly sweet, probably involved miso, and would have made a good salad dressing, if it wasn't also used for salad dressing, itself. What what what was it? I would LOVE to make this soup at home.
Mystery 2: Delicious Fruit thing.
This one dates back to the 80s when I was a small child, at a different Japanese restaurant. With one's sushi plate came a small fruit that looked like a red grape. It may have been canned or preserved in some way. I thought maybe it was a plum, but it was sweet
and not salty at all. Any guesses?
I wish I could go back to the restaurants and ask what these delicious items are, but sadly, they are in California, and I'm now in Arizona.
EDIT: I now think the soup was mizutaki with a sauce that involves egg, oil, sour cream, mirin, and such. Here is a recipe
. I'd thought it was sesame or miso based, but perhaps it really was closer to mayo!