Braised hijiki with bacon is a regular side dish that my boyfriend loves. Maple syrup gives a hint of deep sweetness to the dish. You can eat it as is or add to other dishes such as rice bowl, flavoured rice, omelet and salad.
This is a souvenir from Canada. I like its clean sweetness and use it as a condiment.
Drain the hijiki. Cut the bacon into 1 cm pieces. Julienne the carrot and shiitake mushrooms (after rehydrating). Reserve the soaking liquid.
Heat vegetable oil in a saucepan and fry the step 2 ingredients quickly. Add the A ingredients and fry until the excess moisture has evaporated over medium heat. It's done.
Serving suggestion 1: eat with white rice.
Serving suggestion 2: serve over rice and garnish with julienned shiso leaves.
Serving suggestion 3: mix into the rice and serve with chopped spring onions.
Serving suggestion 4: roll into an omelet.
Serving suggestion 5: toss in a salad.
Serving suggestion 6: top on sliced tomatoes or halved cherry tomatoes. Sprinkle with white sesame seeds.
Serving suggestion 7: top on natto and sprinkle with chopped spring onions.
Story Behind this Recipe
This dish has light seasonings and you can eat a lot as-is. My boyfriend doesn't like strong seasonings, so I used maple syrup for a subtle sweetness. He loves this dish because he loves bacon.
Maple syrup is lower in calories than refined white sugar. It also doesn't raise blood sugar levels easily and has a lot of minerals such as calcium and potassium. It is a healthy alternative to eat minerals.