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Bob’s Japanese Beef
400g Beef fillet thinly sliced
3 stalks Spring onion, cut into 3cm lengths
6 fresh shiitake mushrooms, stem removed
300g tofu, cubed
300g Shimeji mushrooms stems removed
200g Chinese cabbage roughly chopped into stamp size pieces
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1⁄2 cup Soy sauce
1⁄2 cup Obento Mirin Seasoning
1⁄4 cup Cooking Sake
2 tbsp Sugar
1⁄4 cup Water
Put all cooking stock ingredients into a pot and bring to the boil
for 1-2 minutes. Turn off heat and set aside. Heat oil in a deep
frying pan. Spread beef slices over the bottom of pan. Pour in
stock. Turn up the heat to high and simmer beef for 1 minute. Add
remaining ingredients and simmer for 1-2 minutes or until food is
cooked. Ladle into individual bowls and serve immediately.
with Captain Chaos
BY THE SEA
Special timber including Teak, Mahogany,
Sitka Spruce, Oregon,
Kauri, White Beech,
Qld Maple, Silver Ash
144 Renwick St,
02 955 88 444 www.anagote.com
I’m already excited about Christmas. This year I will spend
the holidays in Japan with my son Ben and his wife Chikako
at their restaurant and guesthouse called Flatt’s By The Sea
situated on a peninsula in the Noto, Ishikawa Prefecture.
The last time I was there the restaurant was right on the
sea front. During storms wild waves swept water right up to the
door. Since then the restaurant has moved up on to a hill that
overlooks the water.
From summer in Australia wearing T-shirt and shorts to winter
in Japan. Because the area has up to 90cms of snow, I will have a
white Christmas. Ben has assured me that the bar has plenty of
OP rum so at least I will be able to rug up and watch the Hobart
race while I sip my drink not noticing the snow building up on
The peninsula is beautiful with pine forests and bamboo and
dotted with small picturesque fishing villages. When I was over
last it was late autumn so the air had a nip in it. I had sailed up on
a mate’s yacht from Bali and had come ashore on the coast near
Kanazawa. Ben had picked me up and driven me back to his place.
“Hey, great to see you’ve got your boogie board with you
because we get a few waves here now and then.”
“Geez, by the feel of the air the water must be bloody freezing!”
“Nah! Once your in it’s OK.”
I was fast asleep on a warm futon on the floor with the doona
over my head when Ben woke me.
“Hey Dad, come on. The surf’s up. Grab your gear.”
I rolled on to the floor and using the wall I pulled myself up
... I now know why we invented beds. I could feel the cold coming
from the Tatami mats on the floor. I thought I’m not going to go
in the water without my wet suit. I walked over and looked down
at the wall there was a three-meter drop to the water.
“Over here you can jump into the water without hitting the
rocks.” Ben was standing over to one side. Just below him was a
dark head with goggles.
“ Who’s that? ” I said pointing to the head.
“It’s Chikako. She’s collecting sea urchins for the restaurant.”
“Bloody hell. You certainly take fresh for real.”
“Hurry up! Stop hanging about. Let’s go.”
We jumped into the foam of a broken wave and made our way
out past the break. The waves were great and we were having fun.
I saw a few waves breaking a bit further out so I paddled out. I
could hear Ben calling something out to me but I couldn’t make
out what he was yelling. I thought I would find out when I caught
a wave in. A huge comber came out of nowhere. I dived down
and suddenly I found myself caught in a fishing net.
The more I struggled the more entangled I became. I could
just get my head above the water. I looked around for help but
couldn’t see anyone through the spray. A voice yelled for me to
hang on. I thought I wasn’t going anywhere ... except maybe down.
“Dad! I yelled out a warning. There are nets set all along
the coast.” (I learned later they stretch up to 300 metres off the
coastline and are hard to see if the day is overcast.)
“I’ll have to cut you free. You’re lucky Chikako has a knife. She
was using it to gather some seaweed.”
I kept my head above the water while Ben sawed away at the
net freeing me and my boogie board.
“Mate, I ’ve had enough for one day.”
“ Yeah! Let’s go and get something to eat and drink.”
In the kitchen I said to Ben, “I know you guys cook mainly
sea food. However, I bought some beef so let me try a Japanese
meat recipe I read about. You can help me with finding the
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