Stamina Boosting Stir-fried Unagi
Richly flavored but easy on the salt. The combination of unagi (freshwater eel) and nagaimo yam is addictive.
Photographed by HITOSHI MATSUSHIMA
Calorie count is per serving.
Ingredients (Serves 2)
- 100 g unagi kabayaki
- Approx. 5 cm nagaimo yam (net 100 g)
- 100 g bean sprouts
- 1 bunch Chinese chives (100 g)
- Sansho pepper, as needed
- 1/2 tbsp sake
- 2 tsp sesame oil
- 2 tsp soy sauce
- 2 tsp mirin
Cut the unagi into 5 cm wide slices and then lengthwise into 1.5 cm strips. Place on a heat-resistant plate. Sprinkle with 1/2 tbsp of sake and loosely cover with plastic wrap. Microwave (600 W) for 50 seconds.
Peel the nagaimo and cut into 1 cm wide slices. Stack the slices and cut lengthwise into 1 cm wide strips so that you end up with thick sticks. Rinse the bean sprouts and drain thoroughly. Cut the chives into 3-4 cm lengths.
Heat 2 tsp of sesame oil in a frying pan and fry the nagaimo. When fully coated in oil, add the bean sprouts and stir-fry for 1 minute. Add the chives and stir-fry briefly before adding 2 tsp each of soy sauce and mirin. Stir-fry briefly before adding the unagi. Lightly mix together and plate up. Sprinkle with sansho pepper.