Strawberry Sandwiches and Ghost HarvestJuly 11, 2011 at 6:27 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 10 Comments
I used to always joke that if I was going to write a book about the “half-Japanese” experience I would name it after the weird fusion meals we ate at home. I think my favorite idea for a title was “Meatloaf With Tonkatsu Sauce” (which is actually rather good). My Dad grew up in Japan and was used to having miso soup and rice with every meal, so most of our meals included those items (even when the main dish was something like meatloaf or pork chops). Perhaps this is the reason I like Yoshoku cuisine so much. Yoshoku is basically Japan’s idea of what western food is like, and it’s often very creative and delicious. Omurice, Hamburg, and Korokke are all examples of Yoshoku food.
But probably my favorite Yoshoku food of all time is the Strawberry Sandwich. As bizarre as it sounds, a Strawberry Sandwich consists of fresh strawberries and whipping cream sandwiched between two slices of white bread. Often it is served alongside other afternoon tea style sandwiches like egg salad or cucumber, and I personally think that iced cocoa compliments it perfectly. Iced cocoa in Japan is quite different from chocolate milk… it’s made the same way that they make hot cocoa in cafes (where they steam the milk and add powdered cocoa to it), but it’s then poured over ice and served with fresh whipped cream on top. Delicious! Anyways, finding a good Strawberry Sandwich outside of Japan is pretty tough, so if you’d like to try it I wrote up an easy recipe which you can find here.
Also, on a completely unrelated note… I decided to post a video today of some music I did for a new iPhone game called “Ghost Harvest.” I wrote it in a style similar to the music I composed for Plants vs. Zombies (Gothic Classical with a bit of modern stuff thrown in), so it translates to the piano pretty well. If you’d like to check out the game, it’s a free app on the iPhone. Here is a link to their iTunes page, and this is their Facebook. Hope you enjoy!