I love cooking with Asian flavors. Coincidentally (or is it not?), whenever I do, it’s a healthy and colorful meal. All you need are a few specialty items in your pantry. Soy sauce, mirin, miso, rice vinegar and sesame oil are good staples. Add srirachaca chili sauce, if you like a little heat. You’re now ready to create your own Asian-inspired dish.
Step 1. Saute a little minced garlic in the bottom of a rice pot, add brown rice, some salt to season and set to cook.
Step 2. About 5 minutes before done, throw a handful of edamame into the pot.
Step 3. Create a marinade of red bean miso, mirin, rice vinegar and a dash of fish sauce for the fish, sprinkle top with sesame seeds and let sit for at least 15 minutes before popping in oven.
Step 4. Bake with a few green onions and radish at 350F for about 10-12 minutes. Finish under broiler for 2-3 minutes.
Finishing Touches: grilled scallion, radish + fresh sliced cucumber drizzled with sesame oil and rice vinegar* and a sprinkle of chow mein noodles for crunch and fun.
*I use a wasabi-flavored sesame oil and chili-flake rice vinegar for extra flavor and a little heat.