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Monday, March 5, 2012

Okazuya Food: Kimpira Gobo

Back in June of 2011, I blogged about spicy shredded potatoes.  In that post, I went on and on about a yummy gobo aroma in the vicinity of Komohana Street.  Its the same smell that the old Hilo Lunch Shop (when it was across the street from Chiefess Kapiolani Elementary School) used to hit you with when you walked through the double screen doors.

This past weekend, The Rents went to Waimea to pick up a big box of daikon for pickles.  The vendor gave them a bunch of gobo, and I was lucky enough to get a big fat stalk.  After peeling the stick (I had to ask The Help for directions on peeling gobo, as I don't remember ever seeing it prepared; The Help remembered his gramma cooking gobo so was able to tell me what to do. . .he was actually supposed to do it for me!).  After a few minutes, I realized there was no way I was going to shred the darn thing by hand, so I got out the food processor and the julienne disc (the same one I used for spicy shredded potatoes) and shredded the gobo in minutes.  And just like the potatoes, a salad spinner makes quick work of drying the gobo shreds.

If you don't own a salad spinner, I have some free advice to give out.  Buy one which doesn't have a cord.  The cord eventually gets frayed and guji-gaji.  Once that cord breaks, the spinner will need replacing anyway.  The model I like is the OXO brand.  There is no cord to break, and its easy to clean.  I had a large one and a smaller one, but I gave the larger one to The Rents (now THEY can store it).

The cooking part went by quickly too, and we were able to eat kimpira gobo with our leftover kun pao fried tofu, salty fish fried rice, and spicy bbq pork. . .lotsa heat on a single plate!

Speaking of heat, early last week, the union members in Zone school voted to ratify the extended learning time memorandum of agreement which will give teachers at Zone schools a 17% increase in salary and a 19% increase in work time.  Who the fuck taught these teachers math is beyond me?!?  A stinking 17% in pay is not worth my 19% less freedom time.  Teachers say they put in the extra time anyway so they might as well get paid for it.  Yes, teachers work hard, but right now, they are choosing what they do when they put in that extra time.  When $ compensation is given for that extra time, they will not get to choose what they do in that extra time; orders will be dictated.  I wonder if they actually thought they could choose what they do during that extra time.  They must be smoking something.  Just saying.  But for the High Commander, I would've put in the time on my own, without any compensation.  Again, just saying.

I have four days left until I begin my spring break.  Please pray for me that I will be able to control the hot lava spewing from my mouth these days. But I need to go see someone at _____ High & Intermediate tomorrow, so there is a good chance I will not be able to contain myself!

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Kimpira Gobo

     1 lb gobo, shredded or cut into matchsticks
     3 c water
     1 tbsp vinegar
     1 tsp salt
     1 tbsp (or more) dried shrimp
     3 tbsp shoyu
     3 tbsp sugar
     3 tbsp sake
     1 chili pepper, seeds removed

Combine water, vinegar, and salt.  As soon as gobo is shredded or cut, place in water mixture.  Drain.  Heat oil in a skillet.  Add dried shrimp and saute a few minutes.  Add gobo and remaining ingredients.  Stir-fry until all liquid is absorbed.

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