I made a Japanese feast for Sunday’s dinner. An ohitashi is basically a Japanese salad. A variety of green are parboiled, lightly dressed with a soy sauce based dressing and then served chilled. Using spinach seemed just too ordinary. I had planned to use komatsuna (Japanese mustard greens), but the greens at the store were yellowed and bug eaten. In the next bin was some fresh mizuna (also called Japanese mustard greens), so I decided to use that for my ohitashi.
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Several days ago, a friend of Jan’s (Jennifer Anderson) gave her three yuzu to pass on to me. Yuzu’s flavor is describes as a cross between a grapefruit and a mandarin orange. It is the key ingredient in authentic Japanese ponzu sauce. Having turned this bounty into ponzu sauce it seemed clear to me that salmon teriyaki would be a good use for it. Steamed rice and pickled vegetables are the obvious go-together for a weekend Japanese meal.
You can buy ponzu sauce in many Asian stores and even some of the larger supermarkets (at least in California). I had made some fresh ponzu sauce and I was experimenting with what I could do with it. I had bought some frozen edamame pods, which are immature soybeans, picked before they’ve had a chance to turn into the harden beans. Tossing these delicate morsels with the sauce seemed like such a good idea—one more small plate for my Japanese dinner.
Adapted from a California Citrus Specialties recipe
Several day ago, a friend of Jan’s (Jennifer Anderson) gave her three yuzu to pass on to me. Yuzu’s flavor is describes as a cross between a grapefruit and a mandarin orange. They are the size of small oranges, but not particularly juicy—the three yuzu produced ⅓ of a cup of juice. This sour fruit juice is the key ingredient in authentic Japanese ponzu sauce.