I once found a recipe in the web showing wagyu beef roasted over charcoal on a magnolia leave, glazed with a miso-sesame paste: Yummy! Had to give it a try.
Since a few days it's raining cats and dogs (think monsoon but disgusting cold) and there was no chance to fire up the outdoor bbq-grill so I choose my own method:
I took minute steak cuts - beef loin in thin slices. Usually this meat has to kiss the pan only. Oh, and it was no wagyu beef. This cow has never seen japan before, or experienced a beerwash or someting else exotic - just a common well breed german product. Due to the lack of dried magnolia leaves (my magnolia tree produces a lot of greens at the moment) I decided to try it with a hot non stick pan (and no charcoal of course).
6 minute steaks (beef loin) thickness of slices about 0.4 cm
1 tablespoon red miso
1/2 teaspoon sesame paste
1 tablespoon Sake (japanese ricewine)
For the paste: Just mix together.
Layer the steaks on a plate and brush the paste on both sides of the steaks. Let sit 30 minutes.
Heat a non stick pan with a very small amount of oil, put the steaks in and just flip them over after a few seconds. They are ready in a blink. Avoid to roast the miso too harshly. The surface of the steaks should just become a dry look but no burned or dark roasted marks or the miso turns bitter.
Transfer to a plate. Deglace the pan with 1 small scoop dashi (look at the salad recipe down below) and you will get a nice little sauce (for rice and meat)
Serve steaks with rice and salad.
German serving method - no bowls involved and no precutting of the steaks
This broccoli-snowpea salad is nice and easy and healthy:
|salad before tossing|
1 cup snowpeas
2 young onions, 1 big 1 small
1 garlic glove (fresh mild young garlic)
1 knob fresh ginger, peeled
instant dashi for blanching the vegetables and 2 tablespoons for the dressing
1 tablespoon soysauce
1 teaspoon sesamepaste
1 teaspoon sesameoil (from roasted seeds)
1/2 big lemon, juice only
Divide the broccoli in bite size pieces. Heat 1 l water with instant dashi.
Let broccoli cook in dashi 1 minute on high heat, transfer broccoli on a plate and let cool quickly.
Cook snowpeas for 1 minute in the same dashi and let cool in a bowl.
Cut a big young onion with a mandoline in thin slices.
Mix the small young onion - cut roughly in pieces, ginger, garlic glove, sesameoil, lemon juice, soysauce, sesamepaste and dashi in a blender until smooth. If you don't have a blender, grind the onion, ginger and garlic and stirr with the other ingredients.
Place greens and onion slices in a bowl and cover with the dressing.