Japanese Flavor Profile

Japanese Flavor Profile


FLAVOR PROFILE TABLE
Base:
dashi, mirin, soy sauce
Spices:
garlic, ginger, sesame seed
Herbs:
shisho (member of the mint family), scallions
Trademarks:
bamboo shoots, bean sprouts, bonito flakes, cabbage, carrots, cellophane noodles, daikon, Japanese eggplant, kombi, dried and fresh mushrooms, miso, nori, pickled ginger, ponzu sauce, radish, rice, rice vinegar, sake, sesame oil, sherry, soba noodles, sriracha sauce, tofu, udon noodles, wasabi, water chestnuts

THREE, TWO, ONE

A Japanese-inspired dish begins with this simple 3|2|1 cooking method:

3 base ingredients + 2 (or more) spices + 1 (or more) herb + trademarks (optional)


FIVE SIGNATURE Japanese DISHES
miso soup
okonomiyaki (Japanese pancake)
sushi
tempura
teriyaki barbecue

NOBLE SUGGESTIONS
  • Dashi is a unique fish broth that is not typically found at the average grocery store. Well, it is not in my neck of the woods anyway. It is possible to whip up a batch of dashi using just a few {peculiar} ingredients. It is also more realistic to substitute vegetable stock or chicken stock for dashi {sigh of relief}. Take it even a step further by infusing the stock with fresh ginger and garlic.
  • Ramen. That crunchy bag of noodles and mystery seasonings that made many a meal during our college years. Ramen has way more potential than this, friends! Swap the water and seasoning packet for chicken broth and prepare noodles according to the package instructions. Portion the noodles and broth into serving bowls and pile on the toppings. Whatever suits your fancy: cooked meats, hard boiled eggs {sliced}, fresh seafood, tofu, nori, bamboo shoots, scallions, sesame seeds, fried garlic, pickled ginger, bean sprouts.
  • Homemade teriyaki sauce is merely a soy sauce reduction. Pour ½ cup soy sauce, ½ cup mirin and 2 tablespoons brown sugar into a sauce pan. Optionally add fresh garlic and ginger to the pan to infuse more flavor. Bring contents to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer until liquid is reduced by half. Remove garlic and ginger {if added} and let cool. Teriyaki sauce pairs well with grilled or roasted meats and vegetables. Try it over grilled salmon.

BRAG AND BLOOPERS

Lets be honest. Sometimes brilliance happens in the kitchen and other times it is a complete fiasco. We want to hear it all. Brag about new cooking skills or let us share in the frustration. Please reply to this post.

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