Green Bell Pepper "Yakibitashi"
Yakibitashi is a cooking method in which ingredients are pan-fried, then simmered or steam-fried in flavored dashi. Enjoy the sweet bell peppers whole, seeds and all!
Photographed by HIDETOSHI HARA
Calorie count is per serving.
Ingredients (Serves 2)
- 4 green bell peppers
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- 65-70 ml dashi
- 1 1/2 tbsp mirin
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- 1/2 tbsp rice vinegar
Make shallow diagonal incisions 5 mm apart on one side of the peppers. Turn over and make similar incisions on the other side. Combine the [Flavored dashi] in a bowl.
Scoring the peppers will prevent them from bursting as well as speed up the cooking process.
Heat the sesame oil in a frying pan placed over high heat. Add the peppers and use a wooden spatula to press down and cook all sides until evenly browned.
The area near the stem is tough and bumpy, so press down firmly to cook evenly.
Pour the [Flavored dashi] into the pan and cover. Steam-fry for 3 minutes at medium heat. Uncover and turn over the peppers, then cover and steam-fry for 2 more minutes.