Kimizu: Egg and Rice Vinegar Dressing

If you want a sauce to inspire your creativity in Japanese cooking, this should get you started. Though kimizu—egg and rice vinegar sauce—is not derived from European cooking, you could almost think of it a Japanese Hollandaise sauce. It compliments the same delicate flavors of steamed vegetables, shell-fish, white fish, or chicken breast. I’m betting it would even be good on poached eggs. There is no butter in kimizu, so its bright flavor adds sparkle to blanched asparagus, broccoli, or spinach. It’s a pretty yellow topping to accent pink shrimp. Or make a luxuious salad with lobster or crab and cucumbers; avocado slices would add even more richness. It is served chilled or at room temperature, so you can easily make it a day ahead of a fancy meal.
Egg-Vinegar Sauce
1/3 cup sauce
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Have ready:kimizu Japanese egg and vinegar sauce

  • a pot of simmering water—the bowl in which you whisk the sauce should be able to float in the saucepan. I put a colander in the pan to keep the bowl more stable, yet still floating in the water.
  • a large bowl of cold water with ice cubes to stop the cooking quickly

Ingredients:serve this Japanese sauce on vegetables, shellfish, chicken

  • 2 egg yolks (Ms. Shimbo asks for 3, but the sauce seems too thick)
  • 1/3 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons komezu (rice vinegar)

Whisk the egg yolks in a small bowl. Add, one at a time, the salt, sugar, and rice vinegar. Float the bowl in a pan of simmering water over low heat, and whisk the mixture to prevent the eggs coagulating as they cook. When the sauce has thickened, put the bowl into ice water and continue whisking until the sauce is cool.

kimizu Japanese egg and vinegar sauce with steamed chicken

I could have arranged this plate with steamed chicken and purple asparagus more carefully, but it would be even better if you could just taste the picture!

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4 thoughts on “Kimizu: Egg and Rice Vinegar Dressing

  1. Pingback: Lemon Chicken with Golden Sauce « Tess's Japanese Kitchen

  2. My mother (born and raised Osaka) made this with lemon juice and either hot Japanese mustard or wasabi. She called it Japanese Hollandaise sauce!

    • She was very creative and never measured anything. I learned from the BEST! Thanks, Mom!! (RIP)

    • I forgot to add she would slurry the egg yolks first. So while that was warming up, she’d beat the “crap” out of the egg whites and add those. You still ended up with a nice smooth sauce with less waste. She was frugal…grew up during WWII in Osaka. I think the wasabi/mustard effectively acts as an emulsifier. Just don’t let the temp get too high where the egg starts curdling. Really, like making Hollandaise. Thanks, Tess!!!

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