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Japanese Cuisine: Koyadofu Cheese & Bacon Rolls

Koyadofu is one kind of tofu that can beasily arranged into all kinds of interesting appetizers in Japanese Homes’ Gastronomy!
Here is a simple suggestsion for yummy snack to be eaten by all, and with a good beer for adults!

Koyadofu Cheese & Bacon Rolls

INGREDIENTS: For 8 rolls

-Koyadofu: 4 sheets or 80 g
-Sliced cheese: 2
-Flour: as appropriate
-Thin pork belly slices: 8
-Salad oil a little

SAUCE:
-Dashi/Japanese soup stock (if unavailable use bouillon of your choice): 1 cup/200ml/cc
-Soy sauce: 2 tablespoons
-Mirin/sweet Japanese sake: 2 tablespoons
-Sugar: 1 tablespoon

RECIPE:

-Soften the koyadofu into lukewarm water. Press water out firmly.
Cut each “sheet” into identical halves

-Cut the sliced cheese into 4 identical parts.

-Cut the koyadofu as shown in picture through 4 fifths of it depth. Insert a pice of sliced cheese inside the cut.

-Roll the koyadofu “sandwich” inside a slice of pork belly and sprinkle with flour.

-Heat some oil in frying pan. Place the rolls together with their “tails” down. Cover with glass lid and cook over medium fire until the meat is conpletely cooked and attained a nice colour.

-Add the sauce ingredients and cook turning the rolls 2 or 3 times until the juices have practically disappeare/evaporated.

-Serve on a plate with some chopped thin leeks and if desired sprinkle with a little chili pepper!

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Vegan Japanese Tofu Gratin

Gratin can become a problem for vegans as they usually involve the use of butter and milk.
Here is a simple recipe that will help you solve that problem:

Japanese Beans Gratin!

INGREDIENTS: For 1 person

-Tofu (kinudofu/Silk tofu) 1 block/300g
-Onion: 1
-Shiitake Mushrooms: 3
-Oil: 2 tablespoons
-Flour: 2 tablespoons
-Soy milk: 1 cup/200 cc/ml
-Miso: 1 tablespoon
-Salt & pepper: as appropriate

RECIPE:

-Cut/Dig out tofu block to a depth of 2 cm and leaving a 1 cm wide rim.

-In an oven dish cook the tofu block for 2 miutes 30 seconds in the microwave oven, take out and let rest for more than 3 hours.

-Chop the onion finely and cut the shiitake mushrooms in 5 millimeter/half a centimeter strips.

-Wrap the chopped onion in cellophane paper and cook in microwave oven for 1 minute.

-Pour some oil in a frying pan and sautee the onions. Once a nice smell cmes out the onions add the shiitake mushrooms and fry. Season with salt and pepper.

-Switch off the fire. Add the flour and mix well with a soft spatula.

-Add the soy milk and miso and mix. Switch on the fire and cook until the sauce has acquired a smooth texture. Switch off fire. (you may add the tofu dug out of the block!)

-Pour some oil in a clean frying pan and fry the tofu block on both sides until it attains a nice colour (see picture above).

-Serve the fried tofu on a dish and pour the onion-mushroom sauce on it!

NOTE:

-If you want to really look it like a gratin, you may grill the lot!

-Decorate with some leafy greens!

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Make your own Tofu (repeat)

zarudofu
“Zarudofu”, my favourite variety of tofu just filtered out in a “zaru/basket”. You just eat it with a spoon on its own. No seasoning needed!

Following a suggestion by Japansoc I decided to pst again the tofu recipe!
This article concerns the home-making of it!

Ingredients (for one large piece, one cho/”丁” in Japanese)

Soy beans: 2 cups (360cc)
Nigari: 2 large tablespoons
(Magnesium chloride is an important coagulant used in the preparation of tofu from soy milk. In Japan it is sold as nigari (the term is derived from the Japanese word for “bitter”), a white powder produced from seawater after the sodium chloride has been removed, and the water evaporated. In China it is called “lushui”.. Nigari or Lushui consists mostly of magnesium chloride, with some magnesium sulfate and other trace elements. It is also an ingredient in baby formula milk).
Water: 5 cups (twice and a half the volume of soy beans)

Utensils:
One large pot
One large clean cloth pouch to press tofu through
One bowl
One mixer
One thermometer
One large piece of gauze to filter water off shaped tofu
One large wooden spoon
One wooden tofu-shaper case

RECIPE:
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1) Preparation: soak soy beans in water overnight

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2) Preparation: Mix nigari with 1 cup of water and set aside

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3) According to its size, Pour the whole or part by part soy beans and water (1) and make paste as fine as possible. If mixer runs at an even pace without crushing beans into paste, add more water. The paste obtained is called “namago” (生呉)

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4) Pour the bean paste into a large pot with an equal amount of water. Heat stirring all the time. The paste will come to a boil suddenly. Switch off fire. Switch on low once the paste has settled for 10 minutes and take off fire.

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5) Pour paste into the cloth pouch and press. Right of the picture is tofu paste before pressing. Left is pressed out tofu

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6) Solidifying (coagulating) with nigari.
Stir tofu over light fire. When the temperature has reached 75~80 degrees Celsius pour in nigari slowly and stir all the time. The solid matter will sink to the bottom and accumulate. The coagulation will be complete when liquid above tofu has become transparent. Stop the operation and let rest for 15 minutes.

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7) Arrange the gauze inside tofu a tofu shaper case which should have small holes to let excess water run out.

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8) Cover with lid with a weight (or glass of water) of about 250 g and further press out water for 15 minutes

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9) Delicately empty tofu in basin filled with called water and leave it there for an hour to take out excess nigari. Store in refrigerator.

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Koyadofu/Pressed Tofu Recipe

As promised here is the basic recipe to make Koyadofu/高野豆腐 or pressed tofu.

Koyadofu is extensively used in veganand vegetarian food in Japan.

It can also be deep-fried into great crunchy morsels!

INGREDIENTS:

-Tofu: 1 block/400 g (actually it is up to you!)

RECIPE:

-Place the tofu in a plate/bowl and let rest there for 10 minutes.  Throw away the water that comes out naturally. Cut the tofu into 3 “slices” across the width. You may skip that step and proceed with whole block.

-Wrap the tofu into cellophane paper and freeze the tofu inside the freezer of your refrigerator.

-Will be ready once completely frozen.
The trick is to press water out of the tofu once you have thawn it.
The tofu will have taken its colour and consistency naturally.

Recipe suggestion:

Prepare a stock soup with 1 cup of seaweed dashi/soup stock, 2 tablespoons of sugar, a little salt, 1 and a half teaspoons of mirin/sweet sake, and 1 and a half teaspoons of soy sauce.
Cook the koyadofu in it and serve once soft enough.

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Vegan Japanese Burger

Here is another simple recipe to convince my friends that Japan is a great country for vegans and vegetarians (and omnivores!)!

Vegan Japanese Burger!

INGREDIENTS:

Koyadoufu as sold in Japan either in single sheets or ready cut.

Koyadiufu cuisine example

Koyadoufu/高野豆腐 is tofu which has been pressed hard to almost a solid state although it still possesses an elastic and tender quality.
It is available in Asian markets either dried or preserved in light brine.

I will post the recipe very soon!

-Koyadofu: 1 “sheet” or approximately 100 g (wet weight)
-Boiled soy beans: 1/2 cup
-Carrot: 1/2
-Cabbage: 2 leaves
-Black pepper: a litle
-Miso: 1 teaspoon
-Tomato puree: 1 teaspoon
-Oil: 1 tablespoon
-Flour: 2 tablespoons
-Potato: 1
-Soy milk: 5 tablespoons
-Salad oil: 3 tablespoons
-Salt: a small pinch

RECIPE:

-If the koyadofu is dry let in rest in lukewarm water until it has come back to its soft state. Press the water out hard and chop finely.

-Drop the boiled soy beasn in a food processor/mixer to “chop” finely. Don’t make a paste!

-Chop the carrot finely. Cut the the cabbage leaves into very thin strips>

-Fry the carrot and cabbage in a fry pan with oil and black pepper.

-Once the oil has coated the carrot and cabbage well, reduce fire to low, cover with a lid and steam fry for a while.

-Once the carrot and cabbage are cooked add the miso, tomato puree, chopped koyadoufu, soy beans, and continue steam-frying for a little while.
Switch off the fire.
Add the flour and mix.

-Let cool long enough to be able to handle it.
Form a burger and place on an oiled oven hot plate.

-Peel the potato and cook it in a microwave oven until tender (or boil it beforehand).

-Let the potato cool down before dropping it in the food processor with the soy milk and salad oil. Mash the potato, but don’t process too long or te potato willbecome glue!

-Season with a little salt and cover the burger with it.

-Bake for 10 minutes at 190 degrees Celsius or until it has reached a clour of your liking!

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Japanese Snack: Wasabi, Umeboshi & Avocado Salad

SYNOPSIS:

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

RECIPE:

-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.

NOTE:

-Add peeled orange wedges for looks and taste!

So easy, isn’t it?

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Vegan Japanese Snack: Imo & Wasabi

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 is a natural medicine by itself, one more reason for you to buy some.
The present recipe also include yama imo/山芋, or long yam, which also so good for stamina and health!

Vegan Japanese Snack: Imo & Wasabi

INGREDIENTS: For 2 people

-Long yam (fresh): 7 cm long piece
-Mitsuba/Trefoil/Japanese honeywort
-Dry seaweed/nori: as appropriate
-Soy sauce: 1 teaspoon
-Wasabi paste: 1/2 teaspoon
-Soy sauce for “washing”: 1 teaspoon

RECIPE:

-Peel the yam and cut into pieces of your preferred size.
If you are sensitive to the yam “juice”, freeze it first!

-Boil the trefoil lightly and for only a short time. Drain and press water out. Add the soy sauce “for washing”, mix and press the the trefoil again!
Cut the trefoil into 1 cm long pieces.

-In a bowl mix the yam and trefoil with the soy sauce and wasabi. Mix well.
Place in serving dish topped with dry seaweed cut into short thin strips.

-You may add many green leaf veg to this recipe of course and decorate it with sliced red radihes for example!

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Vegan Japanese Non-Wheat Steamed Bread

Although I’m not, I understand that being a vegan or vegetarian can be trying at times, and even frustrating when looking for new reipes.
Now, if on top of that you suffer from allergies such wheat allergy it can easily become a nightmare.
Here is one vegan bread recipe that does not make use of wheat flour!
And it is Japanese, although all Asians could say the contrary!LOL

Vegan Japanese Non-Wheat Steamed Bread

INGREDIENTS:

-Rice flour: 200 g (sold as “riz blanc”/リブラン in Japan)
-Brown sugar (fine): 100 g
-Cornstarch (vegan one): 2 tablespoons
-Baking powder (vegan one): 2 teaspoons
-Salt: a pinch
-Salad oil or olive oil: 1 tablespoon
-Soy milk: 200 cc/ml

RECIPE:

-Pour the rice flour, brown sugar, cornstarch, baking powder and salt in a vinyl pouch and shake until well mixed.

-Pour rice flour mix in a rice steamer/cooker mold. Add soy milk and mix with a spatula. It will appear as slightly more liquid than a pancake mixture.

-Add the oil and mix well. Steam until satisfaction. Don’t hesitate to continue steaming if not satisfied with the consistency. Actually steaming it twice will achieve proper results!

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Vegan Japanese Bread

Everyone likes his/her bread but some pople do have priorities!
Here is a simple recipe for vegans and vegetarians!

Vegan Japanese Bread!

INGREDIENTS:

-All-purpose flour: 260 g
-Salt: 4 g
-Brown sugar: 20 g
-Fermented soy milk margarine: 20 g
-Water: 130 ml/cc
-Soy milk: 50 ml/cc
-Baking powder: 2 g

RECIPE:

-For quick results us a HB (stands for “Home Bakery” in Japanese) bread cooker.

-In a bowl drop and mix flour, salt, sugar and fermented soy milk margarine.

-In the HB “pan” pour the water and soy milk and stir.

-Add the flour, salt, sugar and fermented soy milk margarine mixture and stir.

-Add yeast powder, stir and close the HB. Switch on and wait!

Simple, isn’t it?
The HB is worth the investment, I can tell you!

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Japanese Bread: Beni Imo to Goma no Pan/Violet Sweet Potato and Sesame Bread

This recipe is a quick and simple braed suggestion for Debra at Hapabento who loves her violet Sweet Potatoes and might one day find herself in a hurry!

Beni Imo to Goma no Pan/Violet Sweet Potato and Sesame Bread!

INGREDIENTS:

-All-purpose flour: 200 g
-Whole wheat flour: 50 g
-Sugar: 10 g
-Salt: 3 g
-Dry yeast: 5 g
-Soy milk: 160 g
-Butter: 15 g
-Black sesame seeds: 20 g

Violet Sweet Potato Paste
-Sweet violet Potato: 200 g
-maple syrup: 2 tablespoons

RECIPE:

-After having heated the violet sweet potatoes, peel them. Cook inside the microwave oven until soft.
Instead of above and if you have the time, bake the violet sweet potatoes inside their skin at 250 degrees Celsius for 30~40 minutes. This way the sweey potatoes will be sweeter.
In a bowl reduce them into a paste with a wooden spoon/spatula.
Add the maple syrup and mix well.
Make a ball with it and leave aside.

-Warm up soy milk to 40 degrees. Add all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, dry yeast, sugar and salt. Mix well and form a ball. Knead on a working table until smooth.

-add butter and knead. Add black sesame seeds and mix. Let ferment a first time for 50 minutes at 35 degrees Celsius.

-Wrap violet sweet potato paste ball with the bread dough and let ferment a second time for 30 minutes at 30 degrees Celsius.

-Shape the bread according to preference. Make incisions/cuts across the surface. Humidify it with a water sprayer. bake for 15 minutes at 200 degrees Celsius., or steam it for 15 minutes at 220 degrees Celsius.

Still searching for violet sweet potato recipes!LOL

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French Gastronomy: Pigeon at Pissenlit

Service: excellent and very friendly
Facilities: great washroom, great cleanliness overall
Prices: reasonable, good value.
Strong points: Interesting wine list. Great use of local products.
no-smoking-logo!

When I saw the new “noren/entrance curtain” at the entrance of Pissenlit the other day (secret?) I knew it was a lost cause!
I just had to check what was on the menu, which evolves so well with the seasons!

The chef, Mr. Tooru Arima, told me that he had just received pigeon from Ibaraki Prefecture!
-Okay, I’ll go for it!
-It will take some time. How about an hors d’oeuvres first?
-Fine, I leave it to you!

What came was a very unusual combination of North African and Japanese cuisine!
Actually, when you think that Japan imports vast quantities of squid/cuttlefish from North Africa, I shouldn’t have been surprised.
The squid is called “mimi ika/耳烏賊”, meaning squid with “large ears”. It is comparativeley small but with large “ears”.
The dish consisted of a taboule salad with Moroccan couscous and home-marinated, very soft mimi ika squid, and plenty of local trefoil and herbs.
A very sophisticated hors d’oeuvres!

And then the whole pigeon came!
It is prepared in two steps, first a l’etouffee/pan steamed and then roasted before being cut and served with its sauce and vegetables (organic vegetables from Shizuoka).
Cooked to perfection, well roasted and crunchy on the outside and tender and half raw in the middle. Going through many textures in a single bite!

The head has been cut to reveal the brains, a real delicacy if a bit gross!

Now the “stick” is very japanese in concept. It is simply a yakitori made with the liver and heart of the smae pigeon!
Barbarous again, but so delicious!

It was lunch and I had been ravenous. I therefore finished with a small plate of cheese to go with the red wine:
Aged gruyere, Trou du Cru, Crottin Chavignol, Roquefort and Explorateur!

What’s in next? LOL

PISSENLIT
420-0839 Shizuoka City, Aoi Ku, Takajo, 2-3-4
Tel.: 054-270-8768
Fax: 054-627-3868
Business hours: 11:30~14:30; 17:00~22:00
Closed on Tuesdays and Sunday evening
Homepage (Japanese)
Credit Cards OK

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French Cake by Bernard Heberle: Foret Noire

My good friend, Bernard Heberle, the owner/chef of Abondance in Hamamatsu City has just been elected the best patissier in Shizuoka Prefecture (4,000,000 souls) by the biggets Food Blog Community in Japan, namely Tabelog!

He was kind enough to send me his latest creation with the following comments in French:

“Biscuit léger au chocolat surmonté de copeaux de chocolat imbibé de liqueur de griotte sertie d’un moelleux au chocolat blanc et griottine et une mousse au chocolat amer et finition a la crème chantilly vanillée.”

“light chocolate biscuit topped with chocolate flakes imbibed with griotte/cherry liqueur surrounded with a white chocolate moelleux and griottine/cherry, and a sour chocolate mousse and vanilla scented Chantilly cream.”

Hope you understand!
In any case an absolute marvel!

Abondance
Address: Hamamatsu Shi, Sumiyoshi, 2-14-27 (in front of Seirei Hospital)
Tel.: 053-4738400
Fax: 053-4738401
Opening hours: 10:00~20:00. Closed on Tuesdays.
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Japanese Dessert: Beni Imo to Ringo no Tart /Violet Sweet Potato & Apple Tart

This recipe is a quick and simple tart suggestion for Debra at Hapabento who loves her violet Sweet Potatoes and might one day foind herself in a hurry!

Beni Imo to Ringo no Tart /Violet Sweet Potato & Apple Tart

INGREDIENTS:

-Frozen Pastry: 2 sheets
-Beni Imo/Violet Sweet Potato: 3 small
-Apple: 1/4~1/2
-Dry raisins: as appropriate
-Eggs: 2
-Fresh cream: 100 cc/ml/1/2 cup
-Sugar: 100 g
-Cinnamon powder: as appropriate

RECIPE:

-Line a tart mold with the two frozen pie sheets one on top of the other. Fill the middle with weighted beans (used for cooking), leaving only a two-finger rim free. Dry bake for 20 minutes at 230 degrees Celsius.

-While the pie sheets are baking, peel the sweet potatato and cut them into thin strips. Wash the potatoes and drain. Wrap them in aluminum paper and steam for 25 minutes.

-Take the baked pie sheet out. Discard the weighted beans. Cutthe apple into thin strips like the potatoes. Fill the pie sheets with sweet potatoes, apples, and raisins.

-In a bowl, mix the eggs, sugar, fresh cream and cinnamon powder.
Pour over the tart. Bake for 40 minutes at 210 degrees Celsius.

NOTE:

Adults may add a dash of liqueur to the eggs!

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Vegetables Facts & Tips 20: Japanese Mustard Spinach/Komatsuna

This the 20th installment of a very long (yet incomplete) series of postings to share information on vegetables, especially the ones available in Japan as many expats (and Japanese) and friends abroad need more of such data for their daily requirements.
Please refer to VEGETABLES FACTS & TIPS for other vegetables!

Incidentally、 nothing, pictures included, is copyrighted in my food blogs, so please feel free to use anything!

Komatsuna (Brassica rapa var. perviridis or var. komatsuna, コマツナ(小松菜、冬菜、鶯菜) is a type of leaf vegetable. It is a variant of the same species as the common turnip. It is grown in Japan, Taiwan and Korea. It is also known as Japanese Mustard Spinach and is usually stir-fried, pickled, boiled and added to soups or used fresh in salads. It is an excellent source of calcium. It is also used for fodder in some Asian countries. The leaves of komatsuna may be eaten at any stage of their growth. In a mature plant they are dark green with slender light green stalks, around 30 cm long and 18 cm wide. It is most often grown in the spring and autumn, as it cannot endure extreme heat or cold for more than a short time.

That for the Wikipedia information.

FACTS:

-Komatsuna is a very interesting vegetable as it contains a lot of calcium to be added to Potassium and Natrium.
-It is also rich in Vitamin A Beta carotenes, K, B2, C and vegetal fibers.
-Season: December to February and longer in colder countries.
-Originally it was grown in Eastern Japan in Edo Times, but is now available in Osaka and other cities.
-Combined with fish it is particularly beneficient to human bones.

TIPS:

-Can be eaten raw or cooked, sligtly bpoied and stir-fried.

-To preserve more easily, boil them lightly before storing in the fridge.
Ought to be wrapped in newspaper and stored inside the fridge if raw. Can be stored that way for p to 3 days.

-To preserve it beautiful green colour, boil it lightly and trnsfer it immediately into iced water. As it will change colour in contact with oil, add dressing at the very last second.

COOKING SUGGESTIONS:

With pasta!

Komatsuna Bread for vegetarians!

For vegetable and fruit juice!

Komatsuna Kimchi!

VARIETY:

Chijimi Komatsu

A smaller and “frizzled” variety, sweeter than the usual komatsuna.
Can be eaten the same way. Great slightly boiled with ground sesame seeds and dressing.

HEALTH FACTS:

-Combined with dried sardine whiting, or with sakura ebi/Cherry blossom shrimps, or with scallops, or with konbu/seaweed, helps preserve human bones, and activate rejuvenation.

-Combined with tomatoes, or with wakame seaweed, or with carrots, or with green chili peppers, povides for extra stamina, and helps prevent cancer.

-Combined with rice vinegar, or with orange, or with lemon, or with strawberries, helps prevent stress, and sore back/articulations, and helps swift recovery.

-Combined with konnyaku/devil’s tongue tuber, or with mushrooms, or with celery, or with bamboo shoots, helps combat obesity and prevent high blood pressure. Helps lower down blood cholesterol.

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Vegan Japanese Cuisine: Yuzu Miso Dressing

Vegan and vegetarians do sometimes experience problems making dressings for their food.
The Japanese have an easy and very tasty way to remedy for such an issue:
Yuzu Miso Dressing/Lime and miso dressing!

INGREDIENTS: To accompany 5 steamed turnips

-White miso: 150 g
-Dashi: (Check HERE for Vegan Recipe!): 2~ tablespoons
-Japanese sake: 2 tablespoons
-Sugar: 2 teaspoons
-Yuzu/lime juice: 2 teaspoons
-Yuzu/Lime zest (finely chopped or better, grated): 1/2

RECIPE:

-In a pan drop the white miso, sugar, sake and dashi. Mix well until the sugar is dissolved. Switch on fire.

-Cook on a small fire for 7~8 minutes. Switch off fire. Add the yuzu/lime juice and grated yuzu/lime zest. Mix well.

-Pour over steamed vegetables and serve immediately.

Easy, isn’t it? But delicious!

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