The principle of Izakaya is this wonderful culture of people socialising over drinks and nibbling on simple yet delicious small serves of food.
A wide variety of dishes can be found at Izakaya bars, many of which require only a few ingredients and are generally grilled or fried. Miso and sake appear predominantly within these dishes as marinades.
My favourite is this miso dressing served with blanched green beans. This snack can also be served as a vegetable side dish and is super healthy, quick and easy to make at home.
Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 5 minutes
Makes: 4 as an entree
Ingredients 200g green beans
3 Tablespoons White Miso
1 Teaspoon Caster Sugar
2 Tablespoons Sake
½ Teaspoon Soy Sauce
5 Drops Sesame Oil
2 Tablespoons Water
Green Beans with Miso.
Bring a saucepan of water to the boil.
Wash and trim the ends of the beans.
Blanch beans by adding to the boiling water and cook for approximately 3-4 minutes.
Once cooked, drain the beans under cold running water and set aside.
Blanch the Green Beans.
Add the miso paste, caster sugar, sake, soy sauce, sesame oil and water into a small bowl. Stir thoroughly to form the miso dressing. Additional water can be added if the dressing is too thick.
Combine the miso, sugar, sake, soy sauce, sesame oil and water to create the miso dressing.
Transfer the green beans to a plate, add the miso sauce and toss to combine and serve.
The beans can be served hot or cold, as a snack or as a vegetable side dish.