Hourensou no Ohitashi

“Hourensou” is the Japanese word for spinach. This is a quick, healthy side dish or appetizer. The dashi gives it a unique Japanese flavor. Enjoy! Yield: 2 servings Time: 15 minutes Ingredients 1 bunch of spinach (hourensou) Spices 3/4 cup Dashi soup or 3/4 cup hot water mixed with 1 tsp hon-dashi (soup stock powder) 1 tbsp soy sauce One pinch of katsuobushi Preparation Boil spinach for 3 minutes (until slightly wilted) Submerge in cold water then wring out with a paper towel Chop spinach into 2″ pieces Mix dashi soup and soy sauce in a bowl Add spinach and refrigerate for 10 minutes Transfer the spinach to a serving dish, discard the liquid, and top with katsuobushi

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Renkon no Kinpira

Kinpira is a Japanese cooking style in which sliced vegetables are stir-fried and seasoned with sugar and soy sauce. Renkon (lotus root) has a snappy texture and a distinct appearance that will surely afford you many compliments! Yield: 2 servings Time: 15 minutes Ingredients 3/4 lb Renkon (about 6″, thin sliced into wheels) 1 small carrot (sliced crosswise and halved) Spices 2 tbsp soy sauce 2 tbsp sake 1 tbsp mirin 1 tbsp sugar 1 tbsp sesame seed 1 tsp sesame oil 1 tsp vinegar Preparation Mix 3 cups water and 1 tsp vinegar in a bowl, then marinate renkon for 3-4 min Mix spices (soy sauce, sake, mirin, sugar) in a small bowl Heat sesame oil in …

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The Japanese Grill: From Classic Yakitori to Steak, Seafood, and Vegetables

American grilling, Japanese flavors: That’s the irresistible idea behind The Japanese Grill. In this bold cookbook, chef Tadashi Ono and writer Harris Salat, avid grillers both, share a key insight: that live-fire cooking marries perfectly with mouthwatering Japanese ingredients like soy sauce and miso. Packed with fast-and-easy recipes, versatile marinades,…

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