Saturday, December 29, 2012

Donabe Dinner in Sonoma 1...Hokkaido-style Seafood Hot Pot & Lobster Donabe Rice

December 26 (Wed)

Jason and I left LA in the morning and drove all the way up to Santa Rosa in Sonoma to see our friends there. With a few break stops, it took us more than 7 hours to finally get to Santa Rosa. I was quite exhausted after the long road trip, but I bet Jason was even more exhausted because he drove the whole time.

We are going to stay with our dear friends, Kyle & Katina for 3 nights in their beautiful wine country home. One of the main purposes of this trip was to do a lot of donabe cooking with Kyle for some development work for the next days. But, for the first night, Kyle made the entire dinner just for us.

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Some aromatics were being sautéed in donabe, while the rich lobster and kombu stock was standing by.

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Aromatics were combined with some kimch, miso (my 2-year-aged homemade kind) and the strained stock was poured in.

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Tons of seafood - lobster, shrimp, salmon belly, clams, and mussels were added, along with tofu and vegetables.

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He also made decadent lobster rice with the double-lid donabe rice cooker, "Kamado-san".

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Decadent donabe seafood hot pot and donabe lobster rice. Heavenly first night dinner in Sonoma.

Happy donabe life.