These dried infant Sardines can be found at Japanese or Asian grocery stores as ‘Niboshi’ or ‘Iriko’. ‘Niboshi’ is a very popular ingredient for Japanese home cooking, but it’s so hard to find where I live. Yesterday I found a bag of ‘Niboshi’ at a nearby Korean grocery store! I bought it and cooked this favourite dish for the first time in many years.
50g ‘Niboshi’ (Dried Small Sardines)
1/2 cupful Walnuts
1 tablespoon Oil
1 & 1/2 tablespoons Sugar
1 tablespoon Soy Sauce
1 tablespoon Sake (Rice wine)
1/2 teaspoon Rice Vinegar
1 teaspoon Toasted Sesame Seeds
- In a small bowl, combine Sugar, Soy Sauce and Sake (Rice Wine).
- Heat Oil in a frying pan over low heat, cook ‘Niboshi’ (Dried Small Sardines) and Walnuts until golden and crunchy, but do not over cook.
- Add the sauce mixture, stir to combine, and remove from heat. Sprinkle Rice Vinegar over and stir. The sauce will thicken with the remaining heat.
- Sprinkle with Toasted Sesame Seeds and enjoy. This dish is great for drinking!