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FUROFUKI DAIKON (Simmered Japanese Radish with Sweet Miso)

[From February Issue 2010]

Ingredients [Serves 2]

  • Daikon (Japanese radish: thick part) 6 to 8cm
  • 2.5 (500ml) cups rice-rinsed water
  • 5×10 cm (approx.) konbu seaweed
  • Yuzu miso (bean paste with citron)
  • 2 tbsp (approx. 30g) miso
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp mirin (sweet cooking rice wine)
  • 1 tbsp Japanese granulated stock (available at stores)
  • pinch of citron skin
  • Mentori : (beveling) cutting the edges of daikon and pumpkins before cooking. This prevents the edges from crumbling while cooking.
  • Kakushi-boucho: (hidden knife) since daikon is thick, a cross-shaped incision is made in the underside of the daikon. It speeds up the cooking and makes it easier to cut with chopsticks when eating.
  • Kome-no togi-jiru : (rice-rinsed water) starch contained in water that has been used to rinse rice absorbs the bitterness and acrid taste of daikon. If this water is not available, add 1 tbsp of uncooked rice in water.

To Prepare

  1. Cut the daikon in 3~4cm thick rounds then peel skin deeply.
  2. Trim the cut edges (mentori). On one side of the disk, cut a cross that goes 1/3 deep (kakushi-bouchou).
  3. Place the daikon in the pot with the cut side facing down. Add the kome-no togi-jiru (rice-rinsed water) until the daikon is fully submerged.
  4. Put on the otoshi-buta (drop-lid) and boil on high. Then simmer for approximately 7 minutes over a medium heat.
  5. Take the daikon out, and rinse with cold water. Wash the pot and otoshi-buta.
  6. Place konbu seaweed in the pot. Add the daikon and water until the daikon is fully submerged, put on the otoshi-buta and lid. Boil on high, and then cook for approximately 20 minutes on a low-medium heat.
  7. Make the yuzu-miso sauce. In a pan, add the ingredients in the order listed (excluding the citron) while mixing. Once smooth, put pan over heat. Mix for 2 to 3 minutes over a medium heat. Set aside to cool for a while then add grated citron skin.
  8. Place the daikon on a plate with the yuzu-miso sauce.

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