Sunday, March 30, 2008

Mom's Batayaki

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This is great dish for a dinner party! You place an electric skillet in the center of the table, and a platter of raw food. Everyone cooks their own food, and then dips the food in a wonderful batayaki sauce, eating it with Japanese rice. Yum! We have had many wonderful batayaki family meals together over the years. Pictured here is my mom with her mom, Grandma Miki Tanagi.


Batayaki Sauce:
½ cup soy sauce
½ cup sugar
1/3 cup water
2 T sesame oil
ginger, grated – to taste
1 garlic clove, minced
Chopped green onions
Sesame seeds

Mix soy sauce, sugar, water, sesame oil, ginger and garlic together. Microwave the sauce until the sugar dissolves (1 min). Serve in individual bowls. Garnish with chopped green onions and sesame seeds.

Meat and Vegetable Tray:
Sukiyaki meat (buy at a Japanese market like Mitsuwa, Nijiya or Marukai in San Diego)
Tofu, sliced
White onions, sliced
Spinach, nappa or bok choy slices
Zucchini, sliced
Mushrooms, sliced
Bell peppers, sliced

Place a large electric skillet or electric frying pan in the middle of the table. Melt butter in the pan. Each person cooks their own meat and vegetables, then dips the cooked food in the batayaki sauce. Serve with Japanese rice.

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