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Emiya-san Chi no Kyou no Gohan – 02

「鮭ときのこのバターホイル焼き」 (Shake to Kinoko no Butter Hoiruyaki)
“Salmon with Mushrooms and Butter in Foil”

Ah, February! A month of love, pride, and the second installment of Cooking with Emiya. While the last episode set the stage for what our monthly cooking lessons will be like, this one continues to build on that foundation by integrating more of the cast into the fray. What I’m loving about this spin-off is how any sense of threat is quickly set aside, and how in this universe, none of these folks are trying to murder each other. In particular, Lancer is introduced not by trying to Gae Bolg Emiya out of existence, but instead as a fishmonger who charms his way into a dinner invitation to Emiya’s estate. Saber is on-guard and is ready to fight him off as if she’s aware that his character is often a threat at the beginning, but Lancer is too laid back in this spin-off to want to do any such thing. Lancer isn’t even casting fighting aside for another day; he just wants to hang out with his drinking buddy Taiga, eat Emiya’s cooking, and sleep over. It does make me curious just how much the characters know of each other from different spin-offs or timelines. Like if Kirei comes over to help Emiya cook, will they remember everything that happened in the visual novel, or is it just a hunch they have that there is going to be some adversarial tension thrown into the mix?

Much like with most of the cast, Lancer is made to be absolutely adorable in this series as he has a sunny disposition about finding the right fish for an elderly lady, and is cheery about Emiya letting him stay for dinner. It might be the fang they gave him that amplifies Lancer’s well intentions in the spin-off as he does take it upon himself to go to his house and stay over, but is happy to see everyone, seems sad that Saber is wary of him being over, and has the perfect compatibility with Taiga. She always was one of the funner side characters, but her friendship with Lancer is actually very sweet in this adaptation, and the opportunity they get to share time together does give us a great opportunity to see how strong their bond is in times of peace.

This month’s recipe is a relatively easy steamed salmon. For those who have prepared fish before, it’s straightforward as Emiya’s instructions steer towards steaming it in foil on the stove along with some veggies and consomme. I’m actually kinda picky about salmon itself as it does have a fishier taste to it and the bones are a lot less brittle, but what I find is that I usually prefer eating it at restaurants to having to have a plain baked filet with some lemon. This recipe, however, looks like it would make some good use from how much prep work and flavor is brought out from the additions Emiya adds. I am very familiar with wasabi mayo though as it is something my university’s Chinese food counter service liked to put on fried teriyaki chicken. It was amazing, but I’m pretty sure it was one of the numerous attempts our university made to fatten everyone up. It was also something that I experimented with once I had Kewpie and some wasabi that comes with sushi rolls; just order to-go, mix a small clump of wasabi with Kewpie, and you have a nice wasabi sauce to go with any appetizers or fried rolls. Alternatively, just have your own wasabi whether its the tube or powder to mix in with the Kewpie. Or if you’re willing to thrown down big money or are living in Japan, the actual root is also an option, but real wasabi is more herbal and has less of a burn to it than the horseradish mix that goes into your standard Western sushi joint variant, so prepare accordingly. As for Kewpie, it’s the only mayo I can stand, so it was a complete game changer for how I would prep up things that would require it. There are some pre-made wasabi sauces too in some grocery stores if the ingredients are tough to get a hold of since companies have caught on to the mixture being well-received.

It has come to my attention that there are readers who would want to replicate the recipes. There are online recipes for Toshikoshi Soba alongside the first episode’s instructions, but at the same time, I realized that it’d be nice to have a transcript on-hand that is easy to reach and more convenient than re-watching the episode on repeat. From this point forward, I’ll be taking note of Emiya’s instructions, and placing them here with a few clarifications to help keep it organized, specific, and add a touch of personality. Hopefully, if there’s an episode for December, I’ll include the Toshikoshi recipe so you can prepare ahead for New Years. There aren’t exact measurements for everything, but the visual representation should give you a good feel for how much you’ll need for the recipes.

Emiya’s menu for the month of February is:

Salmon with Mushrooms and Butter in Foil

What You’ll Need:
- Salmon filets
- Cooking sake or mirin
- Carrots & Onions.
- Shimeji mushrooms (if you can’t find any, button mushrooms will do)
- Crushed consomme granules or vegetable boullion cubes
- A stick of Butter cut into squares
- Parsley for garnish.
- Wasabi for the sauce (The tube and powder are still good if fresh wasabi is out-of-reach).
- Japanese mayo for the sauce (the Kewpie brand is the most common).

1. Marinade with a little sake (the bottle looks like mirin, which is a cooking sake that is low in alcohol, but high in sugar).
2. Salt on both sides for 5-10 mins to draw out moisture, pat dry once the moisture is released.
3. Thinly slice carrot and onion, separate the shimeji mushrooms that are clumped together in the bunches.
4. Season your salmon with salt and pepper for real this time.
5. Lay your onions and carrots out on an aluminum sheet with a sprinkle of finely ground consomme/boullion.
6. Layer on the salmon and mushrooms, and top it with a square of butter.
7. Wrap them up with the sides folded tightly together and heat them on a pan over the stove.
8. Cover your pan with a lid and steam on low heat for 15-20 minutes.
9. Finish with parsley. For extra flavor, stir together wasabi and Japanese mayo.

February 2, 2018 at 9:05 am
  • February 2, 2018 at 9:30 amAngelus

    I like this show, it’s a bit like the Prisma Illya concept of taking a character you wish could have had a better outcome, but this time applying it to everyone.

    As for the recipe, I would caution against using crumbled bouillon cubes as that can turn into sticky little lumps. Personally I would avoid any extra seasoning over the salt and pepper, but if you really wanted some then just a tiny splash of a concentrated liquid vegetable stock may work better – either that or mix up the bouillon cube with a small amount of water first.

    Also, I’d bake the foil parcels on a tray in an oven if you have one rather than using a covered pan, 375F/190C for around 25 minutes should do the trick, or 350F/170C for a fan oven. Make sure the salmon is cooked through before serving.

    • February 2, 2018 at 11:01 amAngelus

      Actually, 25 minutes might be a bit much for salmon steaks that thin, I usually have much thicker ones so maybe 20 minutes max would be better. If you have a food thermometer then you need at least 145F/63C in the centre of the steaks, but don’t keep on opening the foil parcels because each time you’ll lose the steam that’s built up.

    • February 2, 2018 at 11:11 amChoya

      It is alot more pleasant and mellow, and does have that Prisma Illya vibe on letting the characters not face such tragic circumstances.

      Duly noted about Emiya’s version of the recipe. It did seem weird that Emiya did oversalt the filets. The initial salting is to lose moisture and was wiped away from the salmon, but it was overdoing it for him to incorporate more salt into the seasoning meant to stay on the fish.

      I did find it odd that he kept the dried boullion as is on the recipe. The show seems to hint at the moisture from the vegetables creating a stock for the boullion cubes to mix with, but it would more clumpy if anything. I agree that stock or broth itself would work better with what he’s going for. Sounds like maybe the 15 minute timing would be ideal and a thermometer to gauge just how warm the salmon got from cooking.

      • February 5, 2018 at 7:32 amZaiden

        Hey Choya! Perhaps you mistook the drizzling of sake to be another instance of salting, because I’m quite sure that Emiya didn’t oversalt the salmon fillets.

      • February 5, 2018 at 9:45 amChoya

        He put salt on both sides of the filet after the sake. After patting them down with a paper towel, he put on a salt/pepper mixture. Once it’s cooked, it might not be as salty, but I’d probably lower the ratio to at least 75% pepper, 25% salt.

    • February 3, 2018 at 12:22 pmvincent

      i like to use some compound butter instead of regular butter for this. and throw it in the brick oven in the backyard.

  • February 2, 2018 at 11:09 amAxe Armor

    Eat/Stay Night.

    • February 2, 2018 at 11:39 amHalfDemonInuyasha

      I’d love to eat and stay the night!

      …..I’ll go now.

      • February 3, 2018 at 4:23 pmu

        umlimited food work

        chef servant class

    • February 5, 2018 at 9:47 amChoya

      After all this time, Lancer finally showed us what the title meant by “Stay Night”

  • February 2, 2018 at 11:38 amHalfDemonInuyasha

    • February 5, 2018 at 9:48 amChoya

      Lancer’s smile needs to be protected as does Saber’s food-happy smile

    • February 16, 2018 at 3:01 pmRena

      This can be the only time we won’t cry for them :”D

  • February 2, 2018 at 4:56 pmruicarlov

    I just watched this back-to-back with ep. 1 of fate/extra. Man, talk about a mood whiplash. Familiar faces, completely unfamiliar everything else. Good thing I watched this second place. Needed the fuwa-fuwa and the fuzies after the Fateverse fornicated my brain with a big relentless SHAFT.

    • February 5, 2018 at 9:51 amChoya

      It is definitely a nice healing show to at least take off some of the strain from how intense the first Extra episode was. It’ll be weird to see what Emiya-san’s Menu does with it’s Shinji episode knowing how much of a turd he was in Extra and Stay Night.

  • February 3, 2018 at 12:48 amzztop

    This episode adapts Chp 2 of the source manga.
    Ep 1 was original, likely so it could tie in with the Japanese New Year.

  • February 3, 2018 at 4:00 pminfo600

    Somehow, I got a feeling that the folks watching this may not care about accuracy with the source manga this time around – given that it’s a spin-off of a spin-off – IMO…

    …It’s literally fluff, the animation – no baggage whatsoever. (Thank goodness I already ate watching that, lol)

    • February 5, 2018 at 10:20 amChoya

      It is definitely fluff created to serve as fluff, but with a series like Fate/Stay Night, it is a relief to see these characters in fluffy scenarios outside of the pain and torment they faced in the original. I’m reminded of one picture where someone responds to why anyone would be entertained by Emiya-san’s Menu only for the person to respond with a picture of Lancer meeting a grisly fate in the UBW TV series. It makes something that would sound like betrayal to fans of other serious series’ actually get a warm welcome.

  • February 4, 2018 at 7:53 pmrandom viewer

  • February 4, 2018 at 7:56 pmrandom viewer

  • February 7, 2018 at 1:31 amIncognito

    Watching this episode after watching the first movie of Fate/stay night: Heaven’s Feel in the theater today (Thank you, ODEX!) = Also one hell of a mood whiplash.

    *Stomach growls*

    Ah, dangit… That being said, looking forward to an episode with Rin and Archer.

    Also, can white wine be a good alternative ingredient to sake for that recipe?

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