Ramen Heresy

Japanese/American Cultural Collision

Friday, February 17, 2006

In Praise of Dashi.

Dashi cures all ills and makes you happy. Dashi is a broth made from konbu seaweed and bonito flakes. Salty but damn tasty. It is the base for my latest heresy. Scallop Ramen. This one is actually made in the Japanese style. Everything is prepared seperately and assembled at the very end. Make a marinade of 3/4 cup of sake, 1/2 cup teriyaki sauce, 1/4 cup garlic teriyaki sauce, the juice of 1 orange and 1 lime.
We already have a heresy going with the marinade. Kikkoman, one of the oldest companies in Japan, is the creator of teriyaki sauce. They didn't think it would sell in Japan so they marketed it in the U.S.. So teriyaki remains a style of cooking in Japan, but is a sauce in the U.S.. The oranges would be considered strange in Japan as well. In Japan they can't get real oranges, they have mikan (tangerines) which are much sweeter so the flavor wouldn't be right for this dish.
Enough of that. After about an hour drain the scallops and save the marinade. Saute thin sliced onions, celery and garlic and set aside. Boil the noodles from 1 pack of instant ramen (throw the flavor packet away) in plain water, drain and rinse. Pan sear the scallops.
Heat 2 cups of dashi and 3 tbsps. of the marinade till it simmers. Divide the noodles into two bowls, top with the onion mixture and the scallops. Pour the dashi over it and enjoy.
Japanese but not...really not if you ask a Japanese person.


Blogger humblefiance said...

I think Dashi is one of great discoverly from Japanese old people.
Dashi is base for Most of Japanese food. But...no Orange for Japanese one..I guess..

Darling, I want to try your cooking way of Dashi with Orange ne!
Next time please cook for me for my first exprience^^v
Kayo will say something to you if she read this one, but she cant come here I guess...fufufu

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