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Japanese Dressing

Japanese dressing jar

Verdict: one of the best salad dressings I have ever made at home. The first time I made this dressing, I made 3 more batches within the same month. So delicious and light, it makes me excited to eat salad!

Do you ever feel like you should be eating more salad? For me, when I take a break from salads and need to get back into them, it’s hard to think that a cold salad could be satisfying. Thank goodness I have this Japanese dressing recipe in my back pocket, it makes me look forward to having salad again! It’s a light, soya based dressing. The sesame oil gives it richness and depth while the rice vinegar brings a brightness. The small amount of onions is subtle, mellow, and sweet.

salad and dressingJapanese dressing will bring more veggies into your life.

This dressing makes any salad irresistible. I once brought this dressing and a very simple salad to a Thanksgiving dinner and witnessed people go for seconds and thirds of salad – not for the stuffed turkey or beautifully roasted fall vegetables. Seeee, you can make friends with salad!

You will probably need a trip to the supermarket but it’s well worth getting all the ingredients. Throughout the year, the mustard powder and rice wine vinegar serve no purpose other than to help create this dressing but it’s okay, this recipe is so spectacular, I don’t mind these items taking up the pantry space.

Japanese dressing ingredientsThe dressing ingredients.

Linh’s Kitchen favourite salad:

Watercress, spinach and arugula mix, red and green cabbage mix (sometimes called ‘Crunchy salad’ mix), red onion, cucumbers, and grape tomatoes.

Simple salad: spinach, carrots, cucumbers and tomatoes.

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Momofuku Steak Ssäm (Lettuce Wraps)

Steak ssam lettuce wrap

Verdict: This was an incredible dish, like nothing I have ever cooked or tasted. The preparation was easy and the flavour combinations of apple juice marinated beef, ginger, scallions and kimchi cannot be beat.

When I saw this recipe on Serious Eats, I knew I had to try it, like walking by  a house with a pie cooling on an open window sill or walking pass a shoe store in the middle of winter and seeing soft leather boots.

Apple juice marinated flank steak Magical scallion-ginger mixture

Although I have yet to experience the award winning Momofuku restaurants, I had a feeling that any recipe from David Chang (owner and chef) would produce incredible results. Apple juice in a marinade? That would be a first! A dish that requires kimchi, the tangy and spicy Korean pickled cabbage? Hot white rice? Sweet and savoury grilled steak? All wrapped in a crunchy lettuce leaf? I don’t think I could ask for more in a recipe.

Flank steak with new friends

I have never eaten anything like this before, so incredible and novel, it encourages you to swear out in delight. The recipe produces a complex and inviting mixture of flavours and textures: the sweet steak, spicy kimchi, and the sherry infused ginger-scallion mixture, alongside the soft rice and crunchy lettuce. I loved the sweetness imparted by the apple juice with the mellow but savoury umami flavour of the soya sauce and sesame oil.

Steak ssam lettuce wrapped

The taste combination was so delicious, we couldn’t stop thinking about this meal for weeks. We could be brushing our teeth or walking into work, innocent and mundane activities, when the memory of this taste experience would assault us. It would stop us in our tracks and cause our mouths to salivate instantly.

Prepare this dish. You and your guests will not regret nor forget it.

Flank steak with kimchi, rice and scallion-ginger

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