Japanese New Year’s Breakfast Uni Ikura Donburi and Champagne

A happy 2011 to all you foodies out there!

2010 was probably the best year of my life, therefore there were very few KF articles this year, sorry!! KF does still get lots of access, encouraging comments, links and mentions. Thank you!

To ring in the new year, to hope for a year of happiness and contentment, people like to have good food and drink. Here is some inspiration, KyotoFoodie style!

Japanese New Year's Breakfast, KyotoFoodie Style - Uni Ikura Donburi and Champagne 京都フーディお正月朝食 - 雲丹いくら丼 + シャンパン

Uni Ikura Donburi and Champagne

Japanese New Year's Breakfast, KyotoFoodie Style - Uni Ikura Donburi and Champagne 京都フーディお正月朝食 - 雲丹いくら丼 + シャンパン

Uni Ikura Donburi - detail

Even before I was the KyotoFoodie, I dreamt up this breakfast for Japanese ’Oshogatsu’ New Year’s Day. Japanese have osechi on New Year’s Day morning, all together, at home, a family meal, all out of one box. Osechi is real Zen master food, it is great. However, I couldn’t really call it delicious, and that is fine. Traditionally, the idea was to give the womenfolk three days rest by eating preserved food for the first three days of the year. Truly delicious or not, you only eat osechi once a year and it definitely gives you a taste of life from like 1000 years ago. How Zen master!
I like osechi but this is my idea of how to celebrate the new year. This is my take on Japanese zeitaku (luxury).

How to Do It:
1. You wake up on Jan 1st, not too early, hopefully not hung over from the previous evening’s festivities.
2. You see a big box of excellent Osechi on the dining room table. But, you save that for later. Hey, this is New Year’s Day. You should go back to bed – drunk on champagne, real soon.
3. You have the most zeitaku donburi imaginable – for breakfast. This meal is:
Rice cooked in dashi, heaps and heaps of konbu and maybe sake and mirin. (I thought about cooking the rice in champagne this year, but chickened out. Maybe another day?)
On the rice you heap tons of uni (sea urchin roe) and ikura (salmon roe). This is New Year’s Day, so don’t hold back! I aim to make it about 1 inch thick, this is at least 5 times more than you would get if you ordered this dish at a decent donburi restaurant.
4. You drink a bottle of champagne, with your zeitaku breaki. (One bottle per capita. No sparkling wine, go with the overpriced French stuff today.)
5. You go back to bed and sleep for another few hours.
6. You wake up and think: Hey, this is starting out to be a really great year! (And, its only like half a day old.)
7. What to say to your lover: I hope I don’t need to explain this part on this PG13 site.

Japanese New Year's Breakfast, KyotoFoodie Style - Uni Ikura Donburi and Champagne 京都フーディお正月朝食 - 雲丹いくら丼 + シャンパン

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Japanese New Year's Breakfast, KyotoFoodie Style - Uni Ikura Donburi and Champagne 京都フーディお正月朝食 - 雲丹いくら丼 + シャンパン

All Gone!

What to do if you can’t get, or eat, uni and ikura: Ah, how about steak and lobster, etc? The point here is to:
1. Have one of the most luxurious dinners of the year – for breakfast!
2. Drink a bottle of champagne.
3. Go back to bed (or futon).

’Recipe’
1. Get your lover close and be sweet.
2. Cook rice.
Use really good water, preferable from a shrine with the best, or second best feng shui in the prefecture.
Cook that rice in dashi with, and I quote, an ’insane’ amount of konbu. Miwa, said that my white rice is black, because of so much konbu. Good, good. Make your white rice ’black’ with flavor on New Year’s Day!!!
3. Serve and Indulge
Heap with tons (and I mean tons) of fresh uni and ikura. Authentic KyotoFoodie style is that it should exceed 1 inch in thickness!
4. Go back to bed.

Japanese New Year's Breakfast, KyotoFoodie Style - Uni Ikura Donburi and Champagne 京都フーディお正月朝食 - 雲丹いくら丼 + シャンパン

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6 Responses to “Japanese New Year’s Breakfast Uni Ikura Donburi and Champagne”

  1. Wow talk about zeitaku! That’s and insane amount of ikura and uni. I noticed you had two glassed of bubbly. Hope you were sharing the breakfast with someone:-) See you soon!

  2. Chieko says:

    If you can make a breakfast like that, I want to be your sweetie!

  3. Hey Marc,
    Yes, zeitaku was the theme of the day! Cheri helped drink that bottle of champagne, she is so hot for me.
    Many congrats on conquering the foodie blogosphere last year! Though I am not an internet rock star like yourself, I hope that you will continue to reply to my email (fan mail) and visit KF.

    Hello Chieko, Oh, what a comment! Thank you. My current ‘sweetie’ is a beagle, so who knows…笑

  4. Chieko says:

    Japanese girl giggle….

  5. Chieko says:

    That amount of ikura and uni used is past the point of decadence! Those are like two of my most favorite foods! They are up there with saba and oysters and shio ika. When I was a kid we called ikura “bubbles” and tobiko “baby bubbles”. I like to savor the ikura so that each one “pops” in my mouth when I bite down on it. Uni is uni. There is no comparing it with anything else. I used to snorkel on a reef in Florida and find them. They had tube feet which extended past their spines and would stick to your hand. If you brought them to shore and out of the water, the sea urchin would no longer be bouyant and drop from your hand leaving little tube feet on your skin. Even though I knew that wonderful uni lay within, I always released them back to the sea.

    Thought I’d share. I think your uni/ikura donburi should be placed high on your personal menu of what to do special. Of course, you have to make sure everyone likes it. I like it! You rock!

  6. Sushi Köln says:

    This looks too delicious! Thank you very much!

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