A week or so ago, I wrote about the fantastic Japanese-Korean meal I made with my friend. One of the delicious Japanese dishes Eriko made was called ohitashi, which literally means 'to sit/soak in water'. It's a yummy, light spinach dish that is quite easy to make. You boil spinach, wring it out, cut it, and drizzle it with a sauce. Simple! Here are the step-by-step directions.
Ingredients (serves about 4 people):
-1 lb fresh spinach
-1/4 cup fish broth
-1/4 cup soy sauce
-bonito flakes (optional)
1. First, bring large pot of water to boil. Salt it. When the water is boiling, put in the spinach and boil for about 4-5 minutes.
2. Remove from heat and drain.
Once spinach is cool enough to handle, squeeze the water out of it. Try to make it into the shape of a log.
3. Cut the log into 4 pieces with a sharp knife.
There we go!
Here is the spinach in a little bowl.
4. Combine fish broth and soy sauce in a small bowl, then drizzle several spoonfuls of it over the spinach.
5. Here we go!
And Eriko topped off the spinach with a little bit of bonito flakes, which are dried, paper-thin flakes made out of the bonito fish. Yum!
I love this dish because it's so easy to make, and you end up eating tons of spinach that is all compacted into a little block. Yum! I can't wait to make this myself sometime soon, it was a great pairing to bulgogi.
Have a great day!
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