Cute Japanese Meal

cuteJapaneseMeal

Vegetarian Gozen

Vegetarian Japanese Meal is cute. The rice bowl always comes with a few small plates to accompany it. I bought tatsoi at a farmer’s market and saw a bag of dried daikon (white fat turnip) in my pantry.

Serves 2

Ingredients: 1 cup sweet brown mochi (sticky) rice, 1 bunch tatsoi, 1 clove garlic, 1 bag dried daikon, 1/4 cup dried hijiki, 1 abura-age (thinly sliced fried tofu), sugar, tamari or soy sauce, sake (or mirin or white wine), olive oil, salt

  1. Cook rice with 1.5 cups of water. If you are doing this in a pan over stove top, heat rice and water in a medium sauce pan (the mixture should be less than the half of the size of pan) with high heat. When it starts bubbling, reduce the heat to low, cover with a tight lid, and simmer for 15 -20 minutes. After heat is turned off, let it sit for at least 10 minutes before eat.
  2. Boil 2 cups water, pour over the dried daikon. Cover, and let it sit for 5 minutes. Put this and 1 Tbsp sugar, 1 Tbsp tamari and 1 Tbsp sake in a medium sauce pan. Let it boil, then reduce the heat to simmer for 5 minutes until liquid is almost gone.
  3. Cut tatsoi in 2″ length, remove the roots. Wash them with cold water to remove sands. Drain well. Mince a garlic clove. Heat 1 Tbsp olive oil in a frying pan, put garlic in, wait for 1 minute, put all the tatsoi in. Cook for a few minutes until it welts. Season with salt.
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