Easy Japanese

Easy Japanese Salad

It’s been a busy but good week so far. I’ve been so occupied that in fact, I actually made this meal on Saturday and have only tonight got around to posting it! Anyway, if you’re looking for a quick and tasty meal that could be whipped up mid-week or for something simple on a Saturday, this is it.

I love Japanese and so my aim was to make a Japanese style salad. I had  a bit of meat in the fridge (in this case, venison – not very Japanese I admit) and I was due to do a vegetable shop so I had a limited selection of onion, garlic, carrot and cabbage. How to make something tasty from these few ingredients? It’s all in the delicious sauce, poured over a bowl of rice covered with a refreshing crisp cabbage and carrot salad and topped with warm stir fried meat strips.

The flavours in this meal worked so well that I will definitely be making it again. I’m going to try a fish version next time using salmon and avocado instead of the meat.

Easy Japanese Salad (Serves 4)

2 cups finely sliced cabbage
1 grated carrot
1.5 cups rice
3 cups water

400g stirfry beef (or for a vegetarian version use salmon)
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 teaspoon fresh ginger
1 teaspoon honey
1.5 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon rice bran oil
1 onion

Japanese Sauce (the key component! Last several weeks in the fridge)
1/3 cup lemon juice
1/3 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 teaspoon sesame oil
3 teaspoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon rice bran oil

Combine garlic, ginger, honey and soy sauce then tip over the meat, marinade for at least 1 hour.

Combine sauce ingredients and refrigerate until ready to serve. Prepare the salad by finely slicing the cabbage and grating the carrot (grated apple or fennel would also work well with this!).

Cook rice by bringing the rice and water to the boil then turning off the heat and allowing to absorb for 15 – 20 minutes. Meanwhile,  heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a pan, sautee garlic then add marinated meat and cook until desired.

To serve, place the rice in the bottom of the bowl, top with a generous handful of the salad and then the warm meat. Pour over a generous splash of the delicious sauce and enjoy!


3 Responses to “Easy Japanese”
  1. Niggy says:

    That looks delicious ! I wonder if Hubby was responsible for the venison ?

  2. Anonymous says:

    Yum will defo try this one!

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