Spinach Ohitashi • おひたし
Recipe by: Fae’s Twist & Tango (fae-magazine.com)
Ohitashi おひたし means to steep vegetables in dashi sauce.
Ohitashi can be made with various vegetables, spinach being most common.
• 1 bunch spinach
• 1 tsp salt
• soy sauce
• 2 Tbsp low sodium soy sauce
• 2 Tbsp dashi (stock)
• Shaved dried bonito flakes (katsuobushi)
• Sesame seeds
◊ Wash spinach thoroughly.
◊ Pour water in medium size pot and bring to a boil. Add salt (this will retain spinach’s bright green color). Put spinach in, stem side first, and gradually place spinach leaves in hot water. Immerse spinach in the boiling water to make sure it cooks evenly. Depending on leaf thickness of spinach, 1 ~ 2 minutes cooking time is enough.
◊ Drain and immediately soak in a cold water to stop from further cooking.
◊ Once cooled, lift spinach out of water by stems. Put on sudare/bamboo-rolling-screen to drain excess water. Also, press gently to push out excess liquid.
◊ As shown in illustration, pour a few drops of soy sauce all over to infuse flavor.
◊ Cut spinach in 5 cm/ 2” length and place in individual small bowl/kobachi.
◊ Mix soy sauce and dashi. Pour a teaspoon on each dished spinach. Garnish with bonito flakes or sesame seeds.
~ どうぞめしあがれ•Douzo Meshiagare! ~
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