Based on french glazed carrots. If you like your carrots less cooked, you could stir-fry them instead. A food mandoline comes in handy for speeding up this recipe, which is super quick if you have some spare dashi on hand. An attractive dish.
Serves 6 sides
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 lb carrots, sliced in 1″ angles
1 cup dashi
1/4 teaspoon mirin
1 teaspoon soy sauce
2 tablespoons kombu relish
2 tablespoons scallions, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
Heat vegetable oil in large saucepan over medium heat. Toss in carrots with 1 cup dashi. Bring to a boil, cover, and reduce heat. Cook until tender but not mushy, 15 minutes Remove carrots and quickly reduce liquid over high heat until there’s 1/4 cup liquid left. Add mirin and soy sauce. Cook until slightly reduced, 1 minute. Toss carrots in and coat. Add kombu relish. Cook 2 more minutes. Serve on plates topped with scallions and toasted sesame seeds.
Just think of it as Japanese stock. And it’s not just for miso soup either. Dashi is excellent with carrots. Or, to make it a light meal, serve it over a fried egg topped with bean sprouts, scallions, and fried shallots.
You can use either dried shitake mushrooms or whatever combination of fresh you have lying around (I had a bunch of stems left over from a previous dish).
Kombu, dried kelp, sometimes called konbu or dashima, is rich in calcium. Do not wash kombu before using it; wipe with a damp cloth if you must.
1 piece kombu, about 4 × 7 inches
1 1/2 cups bonito (dried fish) flakes
1/8 cup dried shitake mushrooms or 1/4 cup fresh mushrooms, rinsed
2 tablespoon soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon mirin (sweet cooking rice wine)
Boil kombu in 6 cups water. Once rapidly boiling remove kombu and keep for other use (such as kombu relish). Turn off heat. Toss in mushrooms and bonito flakes. Cover and let sit for 30 minutes. Strain through cheesecloth. Add 1/2 teaspoon mirin and 2 tablespoons soy sauce, or to taste.
I recently came up with this miso soup recipe after following another recipe that came out way too salty.
Play around with the combination of misos until you find what suits your tastes. The white miso is sweeter and less salty. The red miso is aged and has more umami and bite to it.
The spinach is adding an extra nutritional punch, but leave it out if you like. Also you could substitute bean sprouts, shaved carrot or daikon, cabbage, or whatever you fancy.
Shichimi togarashi is also called Japanese seven spice seasoning. It contains red pepper, roasted orange peel, yellow sesame seed, black sesame seed, Japanese pepper, seaweed, and ginger; it is delicious sprinkled on many dishes. You will find it at Asian supermarkets.
The miso will separate so stir before serving and stir occasionally while eating.
The end result is a delicious layering of umami, all without msg or any gimmick squeezed from a tube.
6 cups dashi
1 cup spinach leaves
5 ounces medium or firm silken tofu (about 1 1/2 cups), cut into 1/2 inch cubes
3 scallions, finely sliced, including both white & green
3 tablespoons red miso
3 tablespoons white miso
1/4 teaspoon shichimi togarashi, or cayenne pepper
Bring dashi to simmer and add spinach leaves. Once the leaves have wilted (1 to 2 minutes), add the scallions and tofu. Simmer for half a minute. Turn off heat. Allow to cool to 100 degrees (about 15 minutes). Put misos into bowl and ladle in one cup of dashi. Whisk together. Add miso to soup and whisk until smooth. Return to low simmer, but do not boil. Serve in bowls sprinkled with shichimi togarashi.