The requested main dish was Gyoza dumplings. I suggested my guests if they don’t mind putting shrimp as well as pork in the fillings, which they also liked very much and it turned out as a great success!
One of my guests lived in Japan when she was a little girl. She said her memory from those days weren’t very clear, but she certainly remembered the taste of our traditional Dashi soup stock.
Her friend also tried Katsuo bushi (Smoked Bonito) grating and both found it full of flavors, almost like bacon from the ocean!
We made Miso soup from Dashi soup stock of Bonito, adding some thinly sliced pork, potato, lotus roots and onion. With a small piece of left-over lotus root, we fried lotus chips, too. This is my favorite appetizer and nice if you are welcoming vegetarian guests or almost anybody.
Many thanks for coming!