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Spring Flavor using Sweet Shio-koji ♪ Blanched Nanohana with Vinegar Sauce

Spring Flavor using Sweet Shio-koji ♪ Blanched Nanohana with Vinegar Sauce

The combo of this versatile seasoning with vinegar is similar to vinegar miso sauce ♪ Cut up the nanohana after boiling to create this aromatic seasonal dish ♡

Ingredients: 4 servings

Nanohana
1 bunch
Sweet shio-koji (Recipe ID: 1684858)
4 tablespoons
Vinegar
4 teaspoons

Steps

1. Cut 1 cm off of the end of the nanohana stems, and soak the bottom ends of the nanohana in water to crisp them up.
2. In a large pot of boiling water add a little salt (not listed), and holding the leaf ends of the nanohana, cook the stem end of the greens for about 30 seconds, using cooking chopsticks to keep the stems underwater.
3. Flip the nanohana over and boil for a further 20 seconds, and afterwards, boil the whole nanohana until the leaves turn a uniform dark green (about 30 seconds). Remove and cool in ice water.
4. Drain well, and cut into 3-4cm pieces. Shake out even more water it possible.
5. Mix together the sweet shio-koji and the vinegar, and spread over the plated nanohana. You can also mix the sauce and nanohana together in a bowl and then put on a plate.
6. ※ I used Iio Jozo's "Fuji Vinegar." The acidity and the flavor varies among vinegars, so make sure to test the flavor.

Story Behind this Recipe

I figured the aroma of the versatile shio-koji could stand in for miso, so I tried making something in the style of vinegar miso sauce.