It is getting cold especially in the morning and evening here in DC. We even had snow. We are definitely getting into “Nabe” 鍋 season. When I posted “Nabemono” 鍋物, I mentioned “Dotenabe” 土手鍋, which is famous in the Hiroshima 広島 region. It uses miso smeared (or “schmeared” in NY and NJ) around the rim of a pot (resembling a “bank” made of soil, “dote” 土手 in Japanese, along the river) with dashi broth poured in the center of the pot. You dissolve the miso into the broth as you cook. Oysters, for which Hiroshima is famous, among other ingredients, have to be included, in this nabe dish. I found a variation of this dish in the 1st volume of “Otsumami Yokocho” おつまみ横町 P149, I decided to make this nabe dish. When I was choosing which vessel I was going to use for this dish, I found this one (below). I completely forgot that we had it. It is a miniature (about 7-8 inches), imitation cast iron (I guess it is made of cast aluminum with anonized surface) “nabe” with a wooden lid. It is a perfect vessel for this dish.
Here it is when the lid was lifted and the oysters were revealed. When I read the recipe, I immediately thought I had to modify this. The seasoning broth, as instructed, would be too salty and way too sweet for our taste. Besides, I needed some green.
Oyster: The oysters we got were not the best. I bought some already shucked and in a plastic container (I am no sure if they had been pasteurized, probably not). There were a total of 10-12 medium to small oysters. I washed them in salted water, drained and put them on layers of paper towels.
Tofu: I used 3/4 leftover tofu from when I made other dish. I cut it into cubes as seen above.