Broth and Dipping Sauce for Japanese Noodles and Tofu

We don’t often make bowls of noodles, but really, I don’t know why. This broth (or dipping sauce) is delicious. Topped with fresh greens, mushrooms, spring onions, the noodles are far too good to ignore. Although we used Japanese noodles for today’s dish, we used Chinese Spinach as our greens, along with cute little pieces of yuba (dried beancurd) tied in knots. I know that you will enjoy this dish.

Use this broth or dipping sauce for any noodle dish or tofu dish, or for anything else that you would like to use a broth or dipping sauce with. Kept fairly thick, it makes a great dressing too, for Asian style salads.

Japanese Noodles are served cold in summer and hot otherwise, in a broth or with a dipping sauce. The broth or dipping sauce can be made up to a week before use. We make our own vegetarian dashi (stock) for the sauce with handful of dried mushrooms, some dried seaweed and light miso paste.

Similar recipes include Miso and Tahini Sauce, Spread and Dressing, Soy and Sesame Dipping Sauce, and Sesame Ginger Dipping Sauce.

Are you looking for other Noodle recipes? Have a look at the wealth of noodles available. Try Persian Noodles with Eggplant, Saffron and KashkKitsu Udon.

You might also like our to explore our Dipping Sauces, Noodle recipes and  Japanese dishes. Or check out our collection of Late Spring recipes.

This recipe is from our Retro Recipes series, vegetarian recipes from our first blog from 1995 – 2006. It is a recipe we still use often, when we feel in a noodle mood.

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Miso Soup with Wakame

Miso has made its way back into our kitchen. A favourite of old, somehow it disappeared from our ingredients some time ago. But I adore soup made simply from dissolving a spoon of miso in hot water. Sip. Feel relaxed. Comforted. Rested.

There are dozens of different types of miso. Today we’re using Genmai. Genmai Miso is a mellow, sweet, golden miso paste of whole soybeans and brown rice which is traditionally aged in cedar kegs for up to 18 months. It is good for soups, sauces and slow cooked dishes, and is often referred to as Brown Miso. This is a version of the recipe that came with the miso – I have tinkered with it a little. It is an unusual one for me, as I usually just add sliced vegetables to miso dissolved in hot water. It is quick, easy and delicious, and sautes the vegetables briefly before adding to the soup.

Please remember to offer miso soup to your friends and family when they are overwrought, when they are having a hard time, when they are so tired they can no longer stand up, when they have a young kids or babies that won’t allow them to sleep, or when life throws enormous challenges at them. It is incredibly restorative.

Please also read my recipe for making amazing miso soups.

Similar recipes include Miso and Tofu Dipping Sauce and Dressing, Miso and Tahini Sauce, Spread and Dressing, Miso Sesame Dressing, Tofu, Spinach and Sesame-Miso Napoleans, and Japanese Baked Eggplant with Miso and Sesame.

Browse all of our Miso recipes and all of our Soups. Or explore our Early Autumn dishes.

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Very Quick Radish Pickles | Japanese Radish Pickles

Simple Pickled Radishes

Lucy Nourish Me is in love with the flavours of the orient – shoyu, tamari, mirin, rice wine vinegar, rice vinegar, kombu and much more more. She uses them with aplomb. Right now I am exploring radish recipes, and Lucy has a couple that remove the tangy peppery flavour and make the radishes a great vehicle for the flavours of Japan.

Lucy adapted this recipe from Jamie Oliver, and of course (can’t help myself) I have adapted it again. What a nice chain we make, linking recipe to person to recipe to person over time and space.

This is the quickest and simplest of radish recipes, honestly. I love the peppery tang of radishes, but these recipes from the East are a nice change.

Similar recipes include Quick Pickled Radishes with Asian Flavours, and Slightly Pickled Cucumber and Red Radish Salad. Also try Slightly Picked Mushrooms with Tamari and Sesame.

Explore our other Radish Recipes and our other Quick Pickles. Try our Japanese dishes. Our Late Spring recipes are all here.

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Japanese Simmered Sautéed Eggplant in Beautiful Broth

This dish has to be eaten to be believed! How can eggplant taste so not-like-eggplant?

Eggplant always surprises.

This is one of those dishes things that is an absolute surprise! The sort of recipe that makes you want to rush out to plant your own huge eggplant patch! This is more of a summer dish in Japan as eggplants are one of the best antidotes to Japan’s hot and sultry summers. But it can be cooked at any time that eggplants are in season. The broth is heavenly, and the eggplant acts like tofu, soaking up all of the flavours.

Similar dishes include Steamed Thai Eggplants with Sesame Soy Dressing, Steamed Thai Eggplants with Chilli and Lime, and Japanese Eggplant with Miso and Sesame.

Browse our Eggplant recipes here and here. Or you might like to browse Japanese recipes here and here. You might also like our Kombu recipes. Check out our easy Summer recipes here and here.

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Cucumber and Avocado Salad with Asian Style Dressing

A quick summer salad that takes less than 5 minutes to make.

The simplest of salads, quick, easy and divine. The cucumber and avocado so soft and delicately balance with the dressing.

Try some other cucumber recipes – Cucumber, Feta, Mint and Dill Salad, Cucumber Yoghurt Salad (Raita), Tomato and Cucumber Cold Soup, or Mozzarella and Cucumber Salad with Caperberries and Lemon.

Perhaps you are looking for Avocado Recipes? Have a look at Avocado and Celery Cold Soup.

Browse our other Cucumber recipes here and here, and our Salad recipes here and here. We have a collection of Bittman Salads here. Or be inspired by our Mid Summer recipes here.

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Pickled Ginger | King Dong

Who does not know the delights of pickled ginger these days? Ubiquitous with sushi, it is as common today as pickled beetroot. Come to think of it, much more common. In 1999, when I first made this, it was a different matter, and if you wanted pink pickled ginger, you made your own. Enjoy!

Are you looking for similar recipes? Try Carrot and Kombu Quick Pickle, Pickled Cumquats, and Pickled Jicama.

You might also like to browse our Ginger recipes and our Pickle recipes. Check out our easy Early Spring recipes as well.

There is also a information post on Ginger here. and one on Pickled Ginger here.

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Red Rice with Adzuki Beans Congee

Japan, Korea, China and India have versions of congee, a long-cooked rice porridge. It is delicious and a wonderful winter dish.

After yoga today was a surprisingly good breakfast of red rice cooked, congee style, with azuki beans, topped with some sesame salt quickly made, spring onions, umaboshi plums, toasted sesame oil and some radicchio finely chopped. At other times there are other toppings.

This is a warming dish, great any time of the day – and especially good on a cold winter’s day.

On the stove top it can take 4 hours to cook, and I love congee cooked in a traditional Chinese clay pot. The flavour is quite different cooked this way. However, this time it was cooked overnight in the rice cooker on the slow cooker setting. Ready at 5am, it stayed warm until I was ready for it after yoga.

Similar recipes include Adzuki Bean and Parsley Soup, and Adzuki Bean, Barley and Pumpkin Soup with Miso and Parsley.

Are you looking for rice recipes? Browse our collection. We also have Japanese recipes. Our Adzuki Bean recipes are here. Or browse all of our Early Winter dishes.

You might also like to read How to Make Congee.

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Steamed Eggplant with Sesame and Spring Onion

A Japanese Style luxurious aubergine dish – salad, side dish, main course or condiment.

Ottolenghi has a great steamed eggplant recipe in Plenty More, rather like the Thai one that I posted here but just different enough to try it out.

Don’t you just love the silky texture of steamed eggplant – so different to its grilled counterpart?

Steaming maintains some of the aubergine flesh’s texture, which doesn’t happen if you cook it in any other way. It gives this dish a particular substantial quality, making it suitable to serve with just plain rice or fried tofu. It can also be used as a condiment or side dish.

Are you looking for Spring Onion dishes? Try South Indian Spring Onion Soup.

You might also like to try some Eggplant Dishes. Try Smoky Eggplant and Tomatoes, Steamed Thai Eggplants with Sesame Soy Garlic Dressing, and Steamed Thai Eggplants and Zucchini with Chilli and Lime.

Browse all of our Eggplant recipes, our Japanese dishes, and all of the Ottolenghi recipes we have tried. Or gain inspiration from our Late Summer recipes.

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Kombu Baked Vegetables

Kombu adds a gentle but wonderful flavour to these vegetables.

Gratitude. Such an important ingredient of happiness. Gratitude is a state of mindfulness. The practice of writing down each day three things that you are grateful for brings about a different daily perspective. You catch yourself thinking – how wonderful that sound is, what a wonderful butterfly, how heavenly the sky looks today, the rain will feel so delicious on the skin.

I am grateful for kombu, that Japanese seaweed that adds such a gentle flavour to dishes.

This is a great dish for Thanksgiving, if you celebrate that US festival. Other Thanksgiving recipes are here.

You might also like to try Japanese Baked Eggplant, and Gentle Autumn Vegetables. Our Japanese recipes are here and here. Or be inspired by our Autumn dishes here and here.

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Tofu and Spinach Layers with Chilli Miso and Sesame Sauce

A simple dish that delivers more than it promises.

This wonderful dish, full of the flavours of Japan without being Japanese, the flavours of SE Asia without being South East Asian, became an instant family success. We made it often, but somehow, as we no longer all live so close together, it has fallen from our menus. When I do make it again, I recall why we loved it so much, and give myself 2 helpings.

The first time this dish was served to the gathering family (in 2001), all went silent as they ate, tasted, yet could not get the words from their tastebuds to their brain to their mouths. Silent eating, always the mark of a great dish.

It makes a great first course – or a light meal.

Similar recipes include Miso and Tofu Dipping Sauce and Dressing, Miso Soup with Wakame, Black Pepper Tofu, and Sticky Tamarind and Kaffir Tofu.

You might like to browse our tofu recipes, and Spinach recipes. Find inspiration in our Late Summer recipes.

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Japanese Baked Eggplant with Miso and Sesame

You won’t believe that this is eggplant!

There are a couple of Japanese dishes that I make over and over again. A couple of eggplant dishes, a tofu dish and a noodle dish. This eggplant dish is quite amazing and may change your mind about eggplant all together (in a good way).

Are you after more Eggplant Recipes? Try Thai Steamed Eggplant, Saffron and Rose Scented Aubergine, Eggplant Steaks, and Eggplant, Sultanas and Pine Nuts with Yoghurt.

Also try Miso Soup with Wakame.

Have a look at all of our Japanese recipes. We love eggplant and have a wealth of recipes for you. You can browse them here. Or explore our Mid Spring dishes.

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