One of Japanese iconic dishes of Spinach is ‘Ohitashi’, marinated in dashi-base sauce. I particularly like Wasabi flavoured ‘Ohitashi’. If you don’t like Wasabi, forget this dish. My daughter enjoys most of the food on this planet, but Wasabi is one of the few things that she doesn’t enjoy.
I usually stock a bottle of ‘Mentsuyu’ (a dipping sauce for Japanese noodles), that can be made quite easily. ‘Mentsuyu’ can be used as a seasoning sauce. Using ‘Mentsuyu’, this dish can be made very quickly. Just mix it with Wasabi and marinate Spinach & Wakame. If you don’t have it, it is still simple to make.
Spinach 1 bunch *250 to 300g
Dried Wakame 5g OR 2 tablespoons
‘Mentsuyu’ 4 tablespoons *OR Dashi Stock 2 tablespoons & Soy Sauce 2 tablespoons
Wasabi Paste 1 to 2 teaspoons
- Soak Dry Wakame in cold water until soft, drain well. Cut into smaller pieces if large.
- Wash Spinach well and boil in boiling water until tender. Dip in cold water to stop cooking further, drain well and squeeze to remove excess water. Cut into 5cm length.
- Place ‘Mentsuyu’ (OR Dashi and Soy Sauce) and Wasabi in a bowl, mix well, then add prepared Spinach and Wakame, mix to combine.
- Serve with extra Wasabi on top.
Lovely. Had this as a side for miso meatsauce. It made a refreshing contrasting side
Afra, you cooked this dish and enjoyed it? Again, I am impressed and happy to know that this kind of dish is accepted by non-Asian palate.
Yes I really liked it!!! I will say the first bite suprised me and had me a little doubtful. But after that I just enjoyed it! I have actually made it again this evening for a side to a “european falvoured” chicken liver dish with cauliflower mash. It was perfect contrast/harmony. I would have NEVER thought of this combination myself – thank you so much
That’s wonderful to hear.
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This Japanese dish looks healthy. I love spinach, so I will definitely try this recipe.
It’s too late for me to find your comment as it is in year 2022. I hope you enjoyed this dish, Dr. Cowan’s Garden.