Food Forum
Vol. 31 No. 4  January 2018

MORE ABOUT JAPANESE COOKING

FUSION RECIPE

COD YUKI-MI NABE
“SNOW-VIEWING” HOT POT WITH COD

Hakusai napa cabbage and dashi are ingredients used in traditional Japanese nabe hot pot; here, Western-style cabbage is substituted for hakusai. If preferred, chicken or sliced pork may be used rather than cod. The name yuki-mi nabe refers to the impression of viewing “snow” (yuki), as evoked by white grated daikon.

Ingredients

Daikon
Serves 2

189 kcal Protein 27.6 g Fat 2.1 g (per person)

  • 3 cod fillets, total 250 g / 8-9 oz.
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1 t sake
  • Total 800 ml / 3 1/3 C dashi + bouillon*
  • 1 T sake
  • 1 T Kikkoman Light Color Soy Sauce
  • 1/4 cabbage, 200 g / 7 oz., chopped
  • 1/4 block of soft tofu,100 g / 3 oz.
  • 2 shiitake mushrooms, stems removed
  • Seri (Japanese parsley); or watercress or Italian parsley
  • 250-300 g / 1 C grated daikon, slightly drained
  • 1 knob fresh ginger, peeled and grated**
  • Kikkoman Soy Sauce or ponzu sauce, to taste***

Directions

  1. Sprinkle the cod fillets with 1/2 t salt and set aside for 10 minutes, then rinse and wipe with a paper towel. Drizzle the fillets with sake and cut each into thirds.
  2. Parboil the cod until the outer surface of the fish turns white; drain.
  3. In a pot, heat the dashi-bouillon stock, sake and light color soy sauce.
  4. Add the cabbage and cover. Simmer over low-medium heat until cabbage is nearly cooked.
  5. Cut the tofu into 2.5 cm squares, 1.5 cm thick (1 in. squares, 3/5 in. thick). Add the tofu, shiitake mushrooms and cod to the pot. Cook slowly over low-medium heat.
  6. Add seri, grated daikon and grated ginger. Turn off the heat just after coming to a boil, then serve.

* Instead of mixed stock, either dashi or bouillon may be used alone.
** Fresh ginger reduces the unique aroma of grated daikon; if ginger is unavailable, the cooking liquid can be flavored with bay leaf, kaffir lime leaf or lemongrass.
*** As diners serve themselves from the hot pot, they can season their portions to taste with either soy sauce or ponzu sauce.

Recipe by Michiko Yamamoto

1 C (U.S. cup) = approx. 240 ml; 1 T = 15 ml; 1 t = 5 ml