Reel Cuisine

An illustrated food and movie blog


Episode 12

"What kind of restaurant makes you cook your own food?"

Illustrated by : Cristina Bueno
Lost in translation
  • Cold soba noodle salad
  • Miso soup

Lost in Translation is a modern masterpiece. It’s the movie where we first fell in love with Scar-Jo, and stayed in love with Bill Murray. From the opening shot of SJay’s booty, to Bill’s final unheard whisper, the film entrances us. To accompany it, we decided to cook some Japanese food (duh.) We made a classic Miso soup and a fresh and tangy Soba Salad. Itadakimasu!

- Anna

"I just don't know what I'm supposed to be"

Cold soba noodle salad

20 min

2 servings
  • 1 fresh ginger, peeled and sliced into very thin strips
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice (about 3 limes)
  • 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 package (about 8 ounces) soba noodles
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 1 English cucumber, peeled, halved crosswise, then sliced lengthwise into thin strips
  • 1 ripe avocado, pitted, peeled, and sliced
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • cilantro
  • 2 tomatoes (optional)
  • 1. In a small saucepan, bring ginger, sugar, and 1/3 cup water to a boil. Reduce heat to low; cook until ginger is soft, about 5 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to transfer ginger to a bowl; set aside. Reserve syrup.
  • 2. Make dressing: In a shallow bowl, whisk together lime juice, soy sauce, and 2 teaspoons reserved syrup.. Set aside.
  • 3. In a pot of boiling water, cook the noodles according to package instructions. Drain; transfer to a large bowl. Drizzle with oil and 1 tablespoon dressing. Toss to coat; let cool.
  • 4. To serve, add cucumber and tomatoes sliced to bowl along with the dressing; toss to combine. Divide among plates; top with avocado and reserved ginger, chives and cilantro. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.

"Why do they switch the r's and the l's here?"

Miso soup

10 min

4 servings
  • 4 cups water
  • 3 tablespoons miso paste
  • 1 (8 ounces) package silken tofu, diced
  • 2 green onions, sliced into ½ inch pieces
  • 1. In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat bring water to a boil. Reduce heat to medium, and whisk in the miso paste. Stir in tofu. Separate the layers of the green onions, and add them to the soup. Simmer gently for 2 to 3 minutes before serving.
Bon Appétit!!!