Crunchy Pickled Plums Give Contrast To Marinated Tuna

Crunchy pickled plums give contrast to marinated tuna

"Danshi Chubo ni Hairo-kai" (Men, let us enter the kitchen club) will celebrate its 40th anniversary in November.

The Tokyo-based club, known as Danchu-kai, has been active since back in the day when men rarely ventured into the kitchen unless they were raiding the fridge for a beer.

Pickled Chinese Cabbage, A Daily Treat To Keep You Going All Winter

Pickled Chinese cabbage, a daily treat to keep you going all winterCooking expert Yoshiharu Doi advocates a simple style of eating: a bowl of rice, miso soup with a heap of ingredients, plus pickled vegetables such as Chinese cabbage.
“At home, when we serve rice balls, miso soup and pickled vegetables to our guests, they eat lots of them, commenting how tasty they are,” he says happily.

Japanese Pickled Ginger

Japanese pickled gingerFresh pickled ginger makes a versatile condiment and the ultimate sashimi partner.

125g fresh ginger, peeled
1 teaspoon salt
60ml (1/4 cup) rice wine vinegar
60ml (1/4 cup) water
55g (1/4 cup) caster sugar

Sablefish Pickled In Saikyo Miso, The Choice Fuel For Soccer Stars

Sablefish pickled in Saikyo miso, the choice fuel for soccer starsGrilled sablefish ("gindara") pickled in Saikyo miso is the most popular dish among members of the Japanese national soccer team, says Yoshiteru Nishi, the chef who cooks for them.
“Blue fish such as mackerel is a 'like it or hate it' sort of ingredient, but this dish disappears in no time even if I prepare enough for more than double the number of team members,” he says.

Wasabi Soy Beef Kebabs With Pickled Ginger And Asparagus Salad

Wasabi soy beef kebabs with pickled ginger and asparagus saladIngredients

60ml (1/4 cup) salt-reduced soy sauce
1 tsp wasabi paste
1 garlic clove, crushed
1 tbs mirin
1 tsp sesame oil
500g trimmed rump steak, thinly sliced into long strips
1 bunch asparagus, trimmed, sliced
200g green beans, trimmed, sliced
150g (2 cups) cooked brown rice
20g pickled ginger
75g baby spinach leaves
1 red onion, cut into 2cm pieces

Yakitori Chicken With Pickled Carrot Salad

Yakitori chicken with pickled carrot saladIngredients

1/4 cup (60ml) light soy sauce
1/4 cup (60ml) mirin (Japanese rice wine, see note)
8 chicken thigh fillets, halved
1 cup (200g) Doongara rice (see note), cooked to packet instructions

Carrot salad
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 tablespoon caster sugar
2 large carrots, sliced into ribbons using a vegetable peeler or mandoline
1/4 cup coriander leaves
1 long red chilli, seeds removed, finely chopped
1 tablespoon sesame seeds, toasted

Teriyaki Salmon With Pickled Vegetables

Teriyaki salmon with pickled vegetablesIngredients

1/4 cup (60ml) gluten-free tamari (see note) (naturally brewed soy sauce)
1 tablespoon caster sugar
2 tablespoons mirin (see note) (sweet Japanese rice wine)
1 tablespoon sake or shaohsing (Chinese rice wine) (see note)
4 skinless salmon fillets
Steamed rice, to serve
1 teaspoon black (see note) or white sesame seeds

Fish Pickled In Miso

Fish pickled in misoPeople are seeing fermented food in a new light, and "miso-zuke," or pickling food in miso, is a useful recipe once you get the hang of it. Chef Kimio Tomura, who specializes in Kyoto cuisine, introduces a dish using fish and light-colored "white miso." If butterfish is hard to come by, choose salmon, yellowtail (buri), scallop or Japanese Spanish mackerel (sawara) instead.