Friday, February 26, 2010

2 Recipe #76: Avocado with Sweet Soy Bean Paste

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This is a really simple side dish, but it's very tasty. I got the idea for this Japanese-inspired recipe from a local Asian restaurant that's a favorite of ours. Since they weren't about to give away their secret recipe, I decided to replicate it on my own. And here's the end result:

Avocado With Sweet Soy Bean Paste

1 Tbsp. sugar (I haven't tried honey as a healthier substitute, but it might work as well.)
1/2 Tbsp. mirin
1/2 Tbsp. sake
1 Tbsp. miso paste without MSG
1/2 tsp. sesame seeds
1 avocado, peeled, pitted, and sliced lengthwise

Directions: Boil the first three ingredients until they thickens into a sauce. Let cool for about 5-10 minutes, then stir in miso & set aside. When cooled, drizzle sweet soybean paste over avocado & sprinkle sesame seeds on top.

Serving Suggestions: Garnish with shredded lettuce/cucumber, & pickled ginger. You can also add wasabi if you'd like.  You could also steam or sauté eggplant & toss that into the mix. That would be a tasty addition.


selengut said...

Hi Corey! I saw this recipe Friday afternoon just as I was contemplating the evening's dinner with friends. Hey, I just happened to have a few ripened avocados sitting at home. Home run appetizer! You seem to have nailed the composition of the sauce, maybe a tad sweeter than I'd like, but very close to how I've had it at several Japanese restaurants. I fresh-toasted the sesame seeds, mmmmm.

Cyberpenguin said...

Thanks Jeremy! Hope you have fun trying the recipe. The version I've usually had in Japanese restaurants is usually an equal balance of salty/sweet, though you can of course adjust the balance of the recipe's ingredients to your liking.

Let me know how the recipe turns out for you!

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