Yama Imo is Yam in English.
As said many a time before, it is a very healthy vegetable.
The Japanese often eat it raw in salads or as an appetizer.
Here is a very simple suggestion for vegans, vegetarians and omnivores alike!
Great with beer or Japanese sake!
-Yama Imo/Yam: 1/4
-Ooba/Large shiso/perilla leaves (if not available, use perilla leaves): 3~4
-Soy sauce: of your choice and as appropriate. (can be replaced with ponzu)
-Wasabi: grated as appropriate.
-Peel yama imo.
Cut it in 5~7 cm-long and 1/2cm wide strips/sticks.
If you find cutting it raw diificult, freeze it first, then cut. It will re-attain its original state very quickly.
-On a serving dish, make a bed of leaves.
Place yama imo sticks as shown on pics.
-For the sauce, you can either mix the soy sauce (or ponzu) with the grated wasabi and serve it in small dish for dipping if you use chopsticks.
If you use a fork, pour the sauce over the yam imo.
Note: I use sprinkle the yama imo with plenty of roasted sesame seeds for extra taste and crunch!
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