Soy Sauce-Mustard Dressing for Vegetables

 

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Soy Sauce-Mustard Dressing

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1/2 cup dressing for a half pound of vegetables

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For almost a year, I’ve overlooked this useful recipe. Because it’s not customary in Japanese cooking to drown vegetables in butter, I craved something simple to flavor them. I’d occasionally make up something similar. It turns out that this is a traditional dressing for all kinds of briefly cooked vegetables: broccoli, asparagus, bean sprouts, cabbage, leafy greens. . .

I cooked the broccoli in boiling water for 1 minute, shocked it in ice water, and drained. I tossed it with the dressing right before serving it—when Japanese mustard is exposed to air it quickly looses its potency. The reddish “salad” in the picture is cucumber kimchee from the little store on the corner. The dumplings are Ebi-no Age-shinjo.

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons light-colored soy sauce (usukuchi shoyu)
  • Japanese mustard powder 1 Tablespoon mirin
  • 1/2 cup dashi
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon hot mustard paste (1 tsp mustard powder mixed with 1 tsp water)

Mix the above ingredients except the mustard in a small bowl or cup. Add the mustard a little at a time, stirring and tasting as you go. Cover until you’re ready to use it.

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2 thoughts on “Soy Sauce-Mustard Dressing for Vegetables

  1. Tess, I’ve made and enjoyed the Creamy Sesame-Vinegar Dressing. This sounds like something different we’d like, too.

    You do a splendid job with the Japanese cooking, and your pictures are not to be believed. What a food stylist/ photographer you’d make!

    Marcia

  2. Yes, give it a try! It is even easier than the creamy dressing. Plus it has no fat at all!!

    Thanks for the ego boost…

    Tess

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