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12 Japanese Marinade Recipes: Nanban-zuke

October 3, 2016

Nanban is originally an old Chinese term meaning ‘southern barbarians’. In Japan, however, nanban has been used to refer to anything new and different of foreign origin.
Nanban-zuke (Nanban-style marinade) was the term given to food that had been deep-fried and flavored with red chili and leek, then soaked in vinegar. At a time when oil and red chili did not feature prominently in Japanese cooking, this recipe was named "nanban" or "nanban-zuke" to point to its foreign origin. These days, it is an established Japanese cooking method.

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