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Leek Oil For Ramen, Okonomiyaki, Mabodofu, Yaki Meshi and Goya Chamburu Recipe


Leek oil/negi abura/ネギ油 is a seasoning widely used in Japan to be be added fro extra taste to ramen, okonomiyaki, mabodofu, aki meshi and goya chamburu in particular!
I’m pretty sure it can be used in many other Asian dishes so keep some within reach all the time!

According to personal priorities and taste the amount of the ingredients can be easily fiddled with so the following recipe is only a guideline! have a good lookat the photos for a better understanding though!


Lard and sesame oil



The present recipe includes long leeks (green), onion, fresh ginger root, lard and salad oil, but you can make it simple (especially for vegans and vegetarians) with salad oil only, or if you want to make it more sophisitcated also use sesame oil!
In any case those basic ingredients should provide for plenty of scent and taste!


Chop all ingredients finely.


In plenty of oil cook all the ingredients on a low fire until they acquire a rich orang-brown color. Keep an eye on it all the time as it can change quickly!
I actually mixed plenty of salad oil with first a little lard, and a little sesame oil at the end for best taste!


Once the leek has shown the first signs of scorching the oil is ready. Take off the fire immediately.
Sieve the oil and let cool down completely before pouring it in a jar for later use.
Do not through the leeks and others but use them as topping for ramen!
Naturally you can keep the leeks in the oil if you do prefer so!
Do not be shy from experimenting!

A few recipes using this leek oil to come soon!


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Japanese Vegetables 6: Leeks


Leeks, or “negi/葱” in Japanese, are an almost universal vegetable.
It is used in cuisine at restaurants and homes on all continents and have been recognized for ages as very beneficial plant.

Recent research has demonstrated that they are an effective cure against colds in particular, not only for humans, but for many animals, too.
Some people do not appreciate them because of their pungent smell and taste, but this can be taken care of with a couple of simple steps.

Back home in France, we boil the central part of fat leeks and eat them under the name of “poor man’s asparaguses”!

-Season: leeks can be bought all year round, but the best season is from November to February in the Northern Hemisphere.

-Analytic data (as per 100g):

Energy: 28 kcal
Water: 91.7 g
Carbohydrates: 7.2 g

Inorganic qualities:
Potassium: 180 mg
Calcium: 31 mg
Manganese: 0.10 mg
Phosphorus: 26 mg
Iron: 0.2 mg
Zinc: 0.3 mg

B1: 0.04 mg
B2: 0.04 mg
B6: 0.11 mg
C: 11 mg
Folic acid: 56 microg.

Dietary fibers: 2.2 g

-Fatter specimens will have more taste.
-Choose specimens with a “wet” bottom cut.
-If you use large specimens raw in salads, first cut 5~8 cm long sections, then cut them thin lengthwise and leave them some time in clean cold water. The pungency will greatly diminish.
-To chop leeks for cooking, cut them first in 5~10 cm sections, then cut them thin lengthwise, and only then, chop them crosswise.


-Combined with Judas’ Ear Mushrooms, or sardine, or mackerel, or seaweed, holps lower blood cholesterol and high blood pressure, and prevents blood vessels hardening.

-Combined with umeboshi/Japanese pickled plums, or Japanese sake, or ginger, or shiso/perilla, helps prevent and cure colds, combats ageing and helps recovery from diseases.

-Combined with onion, or cucumber, or garlic, or Judas’ Ear mushrooms, helps blood flow and combats blood clotting.

-Combined with seaweed/wakame, or sweet potato, or lotus root, helps combat constipation and obesity.

There are innemurable varieties in the World, but I will introduce here the main varieties encountered in Japan:

The most common and popular variety. Also called “Nefukanegi”

“Hakata Manno”:
A choice specimen raised in Kyushu Island

“Me” or “Hime”:
Could be called leek sprouts,too.
Eaten raw in salads, sushi, finger foods.

“Ito” or Thread Leek, used in the same way as “Me/Hime”.

“Koshizu”, another common and popular variety.

A choice specimen originting from Kyoto.

“Kujo Hoso”. Same as above, but a lot thinner.

A short fat specimen popular for “nabe” and soups.

A fat variety with a short stem and long leaves. Popular with soups and “nabe” (Japanese-style pot-au-feu)

“Sakutonosama Negi”
A variety of the above. Turne sweet upon beig cooked.

“Aka Negi”
Red Leeks in Japanese, soft with little pungency. Considered as a delicacy.

Spring onion, a cross between onion and leek. Very popular in salad and as sesaoning.


From Tochigi Prefecture. Fat and short, their scent and taste are different. Turn sweet with frost.

“Sendai magari Negi”
From Miyagi Prefecture. These leeks bend naturally as they grow!

“Kannon Negi”
From Hiroshima City.

From Yamagata and Akita Prefectures. Very popular cooked with eggs or meat.

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