Living in a Prefecture that grows 80% of all wasabi in Japan, I thought it was about time I came up with a few recipes with wasabi!
I fully understand that wasabi and wasabi paste is not readily available outside Japan, but if you have the chance to get at least a tube of real wasabi, I a a few recipes for you that requires only a little of the precious stuff.
Bear in mind that wasabi (as well as umeboshi!) is a natural medicine by itself, one more reason for you to buy some.
As for the following recipe, the second one, vegans and vegetarians can substitute the mayonnaise with gomadare/sesame sauce or a simple vinaigrette with olive oil, wine vinegar, salt pepper and wasabi!
Wasabi, Umeboshi & Avocado Salad:
INGREDIENTS: For 1~2 persons
-Avocado: 1 (choose a ripe one!)
-Umeboshi/Japanese pickled plum: 1 (if you don’t want too much salt, choose a sweet one!)
-Mayonnaise: 1 teaspoon
-Wasabi paste: 1/2 teaspoon
-Soy sauce: 1 teaspoon
-Lemon juice: as appropriate
-Nori/dry seaweed: as appropriate
-Cut avocado in halves, peel, discard seed and cut into samll enough pieces. Drop them in a bowl. Add the lemon juice and stir delicately. Very iportant as it will preserve the colour of the avocado and add to taste.
-Take out and discard the umeboshi seed and chop/mash fine. Add to avocado and stir delicately.
-Add mayonnaise (or vinaigrette), wasabi, soy sauce and stir/mix delicately.
-Serve in a bowl topped with dry seaweed cut in short and thin strips.
-Add peeled orange wedges for looks and taste!
So easy, isn’t it?
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