One Plate Breakfast (Wafu)

Posted November 18th, 2010 in Food 2 Comments »

It may be because of the weather, or it’s just that I’m tired…  I’ve been feeling sick lately.  No fever yet, but you know you can feel when your body is getting sick by having some symptoms such as running nose, sneezing, muscle aches, and headache.

I had these symptoms yesterday, and I knew I would have fever if I didn’t do anything.  So, what I thought of doing were….

① Eat well, ② Take hot shower (bath would be much better…), ③ Sleep well.

As I mentioned before I’ve been eating Indonesian and Chinese food over the last couples of weeks, and my body can’t take any more oily food!  And, my body needs more vegetables.  I don’t feel good if I don’t eat vegetables.  It’s not that I feel guilty, my body really feels weak –  get tired easily, and I have to rush to the toilet many times.

So, when I’m feeling weak, the food I eat is always Japanese food!

* Spinach and Silver Fish Rice (あっさり☆ほうれん草と雑魚の混ぜご飯)

* Onion Soup (ネギ汁)

* Natto (納豆)

Maze-gohan (mixed rice) is such an easy dish to make, as you just need to mix the ingredients with steamed rice.  (Spring) onion is one of miracle food that ease inflammation of sore throat – that’s what we say in Japan.  There is an old saying that if you catch a cold, tie a spring onion around your neck overnight.  Next morning your fever and symptoms of the cold/flu are gone.  There is something to do with Allyl sulfide, apparently.

Before I proceed to the recipe, I just want to say that I felt much better this morning!  I ate this one plate last night too, and I don’t have muscle aches and headache anymore.  Thanks to the hot onion soup… and hot shower and a good sleep.  This was my breakfast today as well.


<Spinach and Silver Fish Rice> serves 1

  • 100g steamed rice, hot
  • 15g blanched spinach
  • 5g silver fish
  • 1/4 tsp roasted white sesame seeds
  • a drop of soy sauce
  1. Spread silver fish in a frying pan (no oil).  Roast over medium heat until crunchy.  Set aside.
  2. Chop spinach finely.  Sprinkle a drop of soy sauce, and leave it for 5 minutes.  Gently squeeze out excess liquid.
  3. In a bowl: mix silver fish, spinach and sesame seeds with steamed rice.  Be careful not to break the rice.
<Onion Soup> serves 2 ~ 4
  • 2 small onions (100g)
  • 1/2 cup chopped spring onions
  • 2 tsp dried cut wakame seaweed
  • 3 cups water
  • 35g miso paste
  • 1 tsp mirin
  • 1g ginger, minced
  1. Slice onion thinly.
  2. Place water, onion and spring onion in a sauce pan, and turn on the heat.  When it comes to the gentle boil, turn down the heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
  3. Turn the heat to very low, and add wakame, miso paste, mirin and ginger.  Turn off the heat.  Leave it for further 5 minutes.

2 Comments on “One Plate Breakfast (Wafu)”

  1. 1 Jo said at 3:27 pm on November 18th, 2010:

    I love how your recipes are so simple yet nutritious and yummy! I’ll definitely be trying these recipes soon. Glad that you’re feeling better 🙂

  2. 2 umepontarou said at 9:11 am on November 19th, 2010:

    Thank you Jo 😀 I hope you like it!

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