Nikuman – Bread Baking Day #28
Posted by osakaben41 on March 28, 2010
The trick to being broke in Japan in your early 20s is to know the seams in the system, and how to live off $20/day without dying of malnutrition. Having spent roughly 2-years there, split between Tokyo & Osaka, I can testify to the number of my people saved by late-night convenience store dinners. Put aside any thoughts of those 7-11 hotdogs, stuck on hells own treadmill, or the stomach cramping plastic wrapped microwave burrito. You too can live, nay Thrive, off the occasional $2 meal.
Pardon the nostalgic rantings of a middle-aged man, fondly remembering his youth. I’ve got 2 kids, a mortgage, dog, and am working towards being vested in a public sector union job. I think my days of eating only junk-food and beer, and expecting to function like an adult the next day are pretty much over. I don’t buy $1 steamed buns for breakfast at 10 in the morning after dancing and drinking all night long. I put the kids to sleep and bake them in my own home.
More importantly, this would be my first entry into the world of “Bread Baking Day”, a group of bakers that collectively post their bread creations monthly. Our challenge for March, hosted by Rachel at Tangerine’s kitchen, was to bake buns. I get the feeling she was thinking more along the lines of a nice dinner roll, but lets wait for the round-up to see how far off base I was with this.
The recipe for this one came from Spice of Life, but there are hundreds out there to choose from, involving mushrooms, beets, pork, vegetarian, you name it. This one then is for those of you that know what it is to smell these treats, fresh from the florescent lit display case (after waiting all day for you to stop by). For those that haven’t had the pleasure, well, you’re probably better off eating a real meal instead.