Miso is most commonly used to make miso soup, an everyday dish in Japan, but there are many more ways to create delicious dishes with miso. This thick, rich, and satisfying pea soup combines the richness of miso with a British classic; it’s so warming and wholesome that you’ll soon be wondering why you ever made soup without miso. Incorporating miso into your diet will also boost your nutrition: miso is a high energy whole food, packed with friendly bacteria. Remember the old adage about an apple a day? In Japan, it’s a bowl of nourishing miso soup.
Donburi is a quintessential Japanese dish that’s a big household favourite. To make a donburi, take a big bowl of rice – the don – and top with whatever you’re hungry for: juicy pork cutlet for katsu-don, sliced cooked beef for gyu-don, or heaps of just-fried tempura for ten-don. Here, we’ve combined the distinct flavour of sushi rice with avocado and fresh tuna for a simple but special don. The combination of raw tuna with creamy avocado is sensational, while the piquant wasabi sauce simultaneously complements the creaminess of the sauce while cutting through the avocado. This is really worth a try.
When making nigirizushi, it is imperative to have all the necessary ingredients to hand before you begin. If you are right handed, the sushi rice should be in a bowl on your right. Besides the toppings, you should also have wasabi to hand, and a bowl of tezu, or vinegared water for dipping hands.
Tezu is essential, because without it, the rice will stick to your hands. Ordinary water will not do either, because this will wash the sushi vinegar off the rice, and affect taste and consistency.