Aromatic Garlic Parboiled Chrysanthemum Leaves

Aromatic Garlic Parboiled Chrysanthemum Leaves

The hint of garlic in this parboiled chrysanthemum leaf dish tones down the bitterness, making it easy to eat even for those who don't like chrysanthemum leaves.

Ingredients: 2 servings

Chrysanthemum leaves
1 bunch
◎ Tubed garlic
1 cm or more (about 1/2 teaspoon)
◎ Mentsuyu
1 tablespoon
◎ Sesame oil
1/2 teaspoon
◎ Sesame seeds
to taste


1. Rinse the chrysanthemum leaves, briefly parboil, then soak in chilled water. Drain the excess water, then cut into bite-sized lengths.
2. Blend together the ◎ ingredients, toss with chrysanthemum leaves, and serve.

Story Behind this Recipe

I usually just prepare the chrysanthemum leaves with soy sauce and bonito flakes, or stewed with sesame sauce, but since my kids don't like the smell of chrysanthemum leaves, I seasoned them in a Chinese style version with garlic and sesame oil. My kids were thrilled! Of course, the adults were, too.