I’m no vegan and never will be, but many of my friends are!
Now, daikon, or Japanese radish, has become a universal vegetable and recipes to accommodate it are innumerable!
The Japanese, especially in winter, have a very interesting way to cook it and serve it with a miso-based sauce, which even me, a meat eater, just can keep my fingers away from: furofuki daikon!
It si served in many restaurants from modest ones to very expensive establishments who keep their recipes secret, although there is very little to hide!
Here is a basic recipe that will allow you plenty of leeway.
bear in mind that this the basic recipe. I will leave precise proportions to your skills and priorities!
Rice: a few grams
Irigoma/ground sesame seeds
Konbu Dashi/Seaweed soupstock
Cut the daikon into round slices about 4~5 cm thick.
Peel the daikon slices.
Do not throw the peeled skin away. You can cut it fine and use it in many recipes such kinpira!
Cut away the sharp edges. This will prevent the daikon to break into pieces during the cooking!
Make a cross shallow cut on both sides. There are many reasons for doin this!
Fill a large pot with enough water to cover the daikon. Add konbu/seweed. drop the daikon in water.
Let simmer over a light fire for about an hour or until the daikon ha become soft. If daikon emerge because of insufficient water, add hot wter (cold would stop the cooking!) so as to cover the daikon.
Adding rice to the daikon (form the start) will sweeten it and also help whiten it.
While the daikon is simmering prepare the sauce with white miso, red miso, mirin, sugar, sake and konbu dashi soup stock.
This is when your taste preferences can be taken into account!
Cook all the ingredients together in pan stirring all the time with wooden spoon.
Cook until you obtain a thick paste.
Serve the daikon topped with sauce and sprinkled with ground sesame (irigoma). sesame seeds can be served whole, too, naturally!
Serve it together with its steamed leaves!
It can served hot in winter or cold in summer!
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