Shabu Shabu salad and sesame dressing form a dynamic duo in Japanese cuisine, offering an irresistible fusion of flavors and freshness.
Sesame dressing, known as "goma dressing" in Japan, is a flavorful blend of toasted sesame seeds, soy sauce, vinegar, a hint of sugar, nerigoma (Japanese sesame paste), mayonnaise, and miso. With each bite, it's a burst of flavors, enriched by the inviting aroma of roasted sesame seeds.
Picture a Shabu Shabu salad, inspired by the Japanese hot pot technique. This salad is all about diverse textures, featuring delicate pork slices briefly blanched in boiling water, alongside an array of crisp veggies like lettuce, cucumber, and radish. What makes it truly special is your ability to customize it with your favorite veggies, turning it into a canvas of flavors awaiting your creative touch.
The true enchantment unfolds when you drizzle that nutty and savory sesame dressing over the Shabu Shabu salad. It's a culinary symphony, as the dressing beautifully complements the umami-rich meat and the fresh vegetables you've personally selected.
But it's not only about the taste; it's also about health. Sesame seeds are a nutritional powerhouse, boasting calcium, iron, and healthy fats, including monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. Moreover, they're a valuable source of omega-3 fatty acids, a type of polyunsaturated fat renowned for its cardiovascular benefits. This nutrient combination transforms the Shabu Shabu salad into a delectable and nourishing choice.
In essence, sesame dressing and Shabu Shabu salad form a harmonious pair, exemplifying the artistry and innovation of Japanese cuisine. With their rich flavors, invigorating textures, and a dash of cultural enchantment, they invite you to embark on a culinary adventure that's as gratifying as it is delightful.
Whether served as a side dish or the star of your meal, this duo guarantees a dining experience you won't want to miss. Now, let's jump into the recipe!
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 10 mins
Total time: 20 mins
Total servings: 2
- 200g Sliced Pork Belly or Shoulder, chopped bite-sized pieces
- 100g English Cucumber, peeled
- 80g Carrots, peeled
- 60g Mixed Greens
- 30g Cilantro
- 1 Tbsp Sesame Seeds (for the dressing)
- 1 Tbsp Mayo (for the dressing)
- 1/2 tsp Red Miso Paste (for the dressing)
- 1 Tbsp White Sugar (for the dressing)
- 1 Tbsp Nerigoma (Japanese Sesame Paste, can sub Tahini) (for the dressing)
- 1.5 tsp Soy Sauce (for the dressing)
- 2 Tbsp Rice Vinegar (for the dressing)
- 1 Tbsp Olive Oil (for the dressing)
- 1 tsp Sesame Oil (for the dressing)
- 1/4 tsp Salt (for the dressing)
- 1 Tbsp Water (for the dressing)
The KAI Small Japanese Mortar Grinder DH3020 works exceptionally well for achieving a fine texture! It's the perfect kitchen tool to have for making our homemade sesame dressing, especially if you want to make the dressing in bigger batches!
1) Gathering the Ingredients
Gather the ingredients for the salad and the dressing together.
2) Toasting Sesame Seeds For The Dressing
3) Grinding the Sesame Seeds
Grind the toasted sesame seeds using a mortar and pestle, like a suribachi. Then, set them aside.
4) Making the Sesame Dressing
Finally, add the toasted and ground sesame seeds. Set aside.
Note: You can substitute nerigoma for tahini if desired.
5) Cooking the Shabu Shabu Pork
In a medium-sized pan, get some hot water ready. Blanch the sliced pork in the hot water until it changes color. Once it's cooked, take it out of the pot with tongs and let it cool on a tray lined with kitchen paper. Arrange the sliced pork on the tray to let any excess moisture drain.
6) Preparing the Vegetables for the Salad
Thinly shave the cucumber and carrots using a vegetable peeler. Cut cilantro stems into smaller, bite-sized pieces.
Tip: Thinly sliced vegetables pair well with sliced pork.
7) Plating the Salad
Arrange the vegetables and sliced pork as desired.
8) Serving the Salad
Drizzle sesame dressing and the remaining grinding sesame seeds on top. Enjoy!