Menu Japonais

Simple Miso Soup
Serves 4 / Prep/Cook 10 mins
800ml instant dashi or water
3 tbsp white miso paste
100g firm tofu, cut into cubes
Large pinch of dried wakame,soaked in cold water for 5 minutes, then drained
2 spring onions, sliced

1.      Bring the stock to a simmer. Put the miso in a cup or small bowl and mix in a tablespoon of the hot stock to soften it slightly and make a smooth liquid paste. Stir the paste into the stock until it dissolved.
2.      Put the tofu and wakame in the bottom of the 4 serving bowls and pour over the hot soup. Sprinkle with the spring onions.

Itsu’s special salad

Serves 2 /Prep/cook 15mins

25g thing glass noodles
100g edamame beans
Large pinch of dried wakame
2 carrots, shaved into strips
20g mixture of coriander,basil and mint, chopped
20g rocket leaves
10g pumpkin seeds
2 tsp sesame seeds, toasted
100g firm tofu, cut into cubes
2 tbsp spicy sauce (see recipe below)

1.      Put the noodles in a bowl and cover with boiling water for 3-5 minutes or according to packet instructions.  Drain, then set aside.
2.      Cook the edamame beans in boiling water for 3 minutes, then drain and refresh under cold water
3.      Put the noodles into a bowl, add the wakame, carrots, herbs, rockets, seeds and tofu and beans and toss together. 
4.      Serve the salad with the spicy sauce.

Spicy Sauce
120g silken tofu
3 tsp tahini paste
3 tsp sriracha chili sauce or 1 hot red thai chili chopped
2 tbsp lemon juice
3 tsp sugar or sugar alternative
1 cloves garlic
1.5 tsp black pepper
½ tsp salt
1 tbsp water
1 tbsp light oil, such as groundnut or grapeseed

Put all the ingredients into a blender and whizz to make a smooth sauce. Use the sauce immediately or store in a screw-top jar in the fridge until needed.  Will keep up to 2 weeks.

Crisp salad with sesame dressing
Serves 2 / Prep 10 mins
100g mixed salad leaves
1 carrot, grated or cut into fine sticks
1 red or green pepper, deseeded and sliced
1 celery stick, sliced
Small handful of radishes, halved
3 tbsp sesame sauce (see recipe below)
1 tbsp sesame seeds, toasted to serve (optional)

Put all the ingredients (apart from the sauce and seeds) into a bowl.  Add the sesame sauce and mix well.  Sprinkle with sesame seeds.

Sesame sauce 

4 tbsp mirin sauce
3 tbsp tahini sauce
1 tbsp soy sauce
3 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp sesame oil
1 tsp sugar or sugar alternative
1 small clove garlic, grated or crushed (optional)
1 tbsp water

Put all ingredients into a bowl and stir well to make a smooth sauce.  

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