January 2018 is upon us. With the excesses of Christmas behind me, I’m thinking once more about healthy foods. Indeed, the overarching theme for this month so far has been: getting as many nutrients as possible, and getting them piping hot. Two of the healthy Japanese dishes I’ve been eating – clear soup and rice porridge – fit the bill perfectly. So today, I’d like to share some information about these two simple dishes and their roots in Japan’s high and low cuisine.
The two Chinese characters notionally contained in the word furikake, 振 and 掛, mean ‘shake’ and pour’ respectively. That makes furikake as close a Japanese translation of the word ‘sprinkles’ as I can imagine. No chocolate sprinkles here, however; instead we’re talking about savoury sprinkles for rice.
So, you bought a tub of miso and made your own miso soup for a while. Congratulations! You are now a fully fledged fermented bean paste convert. But what to do when you’re bored of soup variations? Here are three easy ways to use miso you might not have tried!
Today I’d like to share a cheat’s version of a sauce that’s quite hard to find ready-made in the UK: ponzu shōyu (ポン酢醤油). It’s a great match for umami vegetables like broccoli, as well as more classical fish or tofu applications.