Start the lunar New Year by trying out these traditional Japanese recipes.
Japanese Recipe -67
Mochi, a Japanese rice cake, is grilled with soy sauce and then enjoyed after being wrapped with a piece of dried seaweed.
Mochi is a rice cake made from short grain rice. It is beaten into a paste and then moulded into the desired shape. It can be eaten all throughout the year but is most commonly consumed during the New Year.
Nori is the name for dried, edible seaweed in Japan. It is commonly used as wrap for sushi and Onigiri. It can also be used as a decoration for some dishes.
This Kizakura Nigori Matcha is ideal for “Isobeyaki”
Kizakura Nigori Matcha
Coursely filter Nigori Sake from Kyoto this is creamy sweet matcha flavour cloudy Sake gives you something to rave about. The creamy texture allows it to match with the texture of the cooked Mochi and the Matcha flavour balances the salty flavours to give you a refreshing aftertaste.
Japanese Recipe – 68
Shirataki and Konbu Ponzu Salad
This salad has very little calories with Ponzu, a citrus & soy based sauce.
Konbu is edible kelp and is very popular in Japanese cuisine, both as an ingredient in its own right or as an important part of Dashi or soup stock.
Shirataki are made from Konnyaku potatoes (konjac yam) and are thin, translucent and gelatinous. Shirataki have almost no calories, carbohydrates, fat, sugar, or protein, but contain a beneficial type of soluble fibre, making them a great health food.
This Ozeki Junmai Rai is ideal for “Shirataki and Konbu Ponzu Salad”
Ozeki Junmai Rai
The feel is like a premium Daiginjo at room temperature this beautiful mouthfeel of Rai comes in smooth and semi-sweet matching the saltiness of the Konbu flavour. At cold temperature it brings forth a journey of smoothness on the palate leaving nothing behind.
Japanese groceries are available at Lion Oriental Foods Co.