A conversation about ‘soul food’ and cuisines is incomplete without the mention of Japanese food. The traditional food in Japan consists of rice, sauces, seafood, and many aromas involved. It is a cuisine that has been preserved after years of social, economic, and political changes. From craving a good plate of sushi to the juiciest yakitori, how nice it would be if you could cook these yourself? We at Nature’s Basket have brought to you the top three Japanese dishes you must try!
- Rock Corn Tempura with Tentsuyu sauce
The most essential ingredient for this dish is sweet corn, and the quality of the corn plays a role in determining the dish’s flavour. Buy sweet corn from Nature’s Basket online, make a legendary Tempura, and end your day by fulfilling your Japanese cravings.
1 cup dashi (Japanese soup stock)
¼ cup mirin (sweet rice wine)
½ cup of Soy sauce
½ tbsp sugar
For the Rock Corn Tempura:
50 Gram Corn, boiled
25 Gram Tempura flour
10 Gram Nori sheet, chopped
Instructions:For the sauce:
- Add all the ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil(medium heat)
Let it cool and serve as a dip in small bowls
For the Tempura:
1. Take a bowl and make a batter of tempura flour, chopped garlic, salt, and water
2. In a saucepan, add sweet corn to boiling water and let it cook
3. Add the boiled corn into the flour along with nori sheets and preferable seasoning
4. Fashion them into small balls and deep fry it until golden brown
5. Place on tissues to drain the excess oil and serve hot with the Tentsuyu sauce.
2. Japanese Ramen Noodles
Ramen noodles are one of the most notorious dishes in Japan. The flavours and the combination of spices with a mix of veggies make it a mouthwatering dish and here’s how you can make it:
- ½ yellow onion (diced)
- 3 cups of crimini mushrooms or white mushrooms sliced
- 1 red bell pepper (thinly sliced)
- 3 tbsp of Soy Sauce
- 2 tbsp Rice Vinegar
- ¼ tsp ginger powder
- sesame seeds (optional)
- red pepper flakes (optional)
- salt and pepper
- 250 gms of Quinoa noodles
- 3 cloves of garlic
- 4 tbsp of sesame oil
- 1 soft boiled egg
- Boil the quinoa noodles according to the package instructions
- Drain the water after rinsing with cold water and add some sesame oil to avoid sticking
- Cut mushrooms and bell peppers and pour soy and vinegar sauce, set aside
- In a pan, add pure sesame oil and once it’s hot, add sliced onions and chopped garlic. Saute until the onions soften
- Add the soaked mushrooms and bell peppers. Continue to saute until the mushrooms cook
- On a medium flame, toss the noodles into the pan and mix well
- Transfer to a bowl, garnish with sesame seeds, and serve hot!
- For the sauce, add vinegar, soy sauce, ginger, salt, and pepper and mix well
Pour onto the mushrooms and bell peppers and let soak until the flavours are absorbed by the veggies and place the soft boiled egg on top!
3. Chicken Karaage with Sweet chilli sauce
Chicken Karaage is one of the tastiest Japanese fried chicken dishes and what makes it better is a tangy twist to it by making a saucier version of it! Buy some fresh chicken online on Nature’s basket and get cooking tonight!
For the chicken:- 450 grams of skinless, boneless chicken thighs
– 2 tbsp sake (seasoning that helps penetrate the flavours and eliminated odour)
– 2 tbsp soy sauce
– 1 spoon ginger (grated)
– 1 cup cornstarch
– 3 cups of vegetable oil for deep frying
– 2 scallions (sliced)
1. Marinate the chicken in a sauce of sake, soy sauce, and grated ginger. Refrigerate for 30 minutes
2. Add oil in a pan and wait until it is hot enough. Meanwhile, take the marinated chicken and coat it with corn starch
3. Add chicken pieces cautiously and deep fry until it is golden brown. Place on tissues to drain excess oil
4. In a separate pan, add sweet chilli sauce and add 2 tbsps of water. On medium heat, add coriander to the sauce and mix well
5. Add the chicken to the bubbling sauce and give it a good stir. Transfer into a bowl and serve with rice!
The aromas and nuances of Japan are extremely delicious and now, you can savour it in the comfort of your homes!