Cheese (Processed, sliced, cream cheese or whatever type you like)
3 slices (about 30 g)
3 small pieces
Cut the tomato into 2-3 cm pieces. Put in a bowl and sprinkle with sugar. If the tomatoes aren't very sweet, add extra sugar.
Add the sesame oil to the bowl and mix, then add the ponzu sauce and mix again. Chill in the refrigerator for about an hour.
Cut the cheese into 5cm pieces, and the nori into thin strips.
Add the cheese just before serving and mix. Transfer to serving plates, top with nori seaweed, and enjoy.
Story Behind this Recipe
An izakaya (Japanese gastropub) I used to go to used to serve a salad with the same combination of ingredients. They no longer exist...but I made my own version using flavors that I think taste best. It uses Japanese (nori and ponzu), Italian (cheese and tomato) and..Korean? Chinese? (sesame oil) ingredients, so I'm calling it multinational.
If you have some time, chill in the refrigerator after adding the sugar. Then, add the sesame oil and ponzu sauce in that order then put it back in the refrigerator to let the flavors meld together. Top it with cheese just before serving. You can use Korean nori or regular nori seaweed, whatever you like!