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Learn how to prepare delicious cured “nametake” enoki mushrooms at home to use as a topping for rice, tofu and more!

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This simple homemade recipe from Nametake is full of authentic flavors. Cured mushrooms are the perfect topping for a simple bowl of steamed rice and as a side to any meal. They're usually sold ready-made in a jar, but they're not always easy to find outside of Japan, so why not make your own? It's super simple and takes less than 10 minutes!

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Nametake is a popular Japanese food made from enoki mushrooms. The mushrooms are cooked in a flavorful sauce made from dashi, soy sauce and mirin. The result is a flavorful, umami-rich dish that pairs well with rice or noodles. Nametake is often enjoyed as a side dish or used as a seasoning for various dishes. I love keeping it in the fridge and adding it to any meal as a side or garnish. It helps me incorporate more veggies into my meals and tastes delicious.

In Japan it is very easy to find the name sold in jars at the supermarket so it is usually not prepared at home. You may also find it in Asian/Japanese supermarkets outside of Japan, but making homemade nome is super easy and ultimately cheaper and free of additives and preservatives.

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Before you start making your homemade Nametake, you'll need to gather a few key ingredients. Here's what you'll need:

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Enoki mushrooms

Enoki mushrooms, also known as Enokitake in Japanese, are a popular ingredient in Japanese cuisine. They have long, thin stems and small, white caps. Enoki mushrooms have a mild, slightly sweet flavor and delicate texture.

When selecting enoki mushrooms, look for fresh, firm ones with crisp stems and clean caps. Avoid mushrooms that appear slimy or discolored.

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Kombu Dashi

Kombu Dashi is a traditional Japanese broth prepared with a type of edible seaweed called kombu. It is a key ingredient in many Japanese dishes, including soups, stews and sauces. Kombu Dashi is known for its umami flavor and rich, savory taste that adds depth, richness and a subtle sweetness to dishes.

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Soy sauce is a staple ingredient in the name because it adds a savory, umami flavor. Choose high-quality soy sauce for the best flavor and avoid using low-quality soy sauces that are overly salty or contain artificial additives.

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Mirin is a sweet rice wine commonly used in Japanese cuisine. It has a delicate and slightly sweet flavor. Mirin is made from fermented rice and has a lower alcohol content than other types of rice wines.

Vinegar

The vinegar adds a slightly spicy and acidic flavor to the name. It also brings the flavor closer to commercially available products, as well as having sterilizing, preservative and sweetening effects. Depending on the type of vinegar you use, you can change the taste of nametake mushrooms. Rice vinegar is the recommended vinegar for porcini mushrooms, but if it is not available you can use other vinegars.

Step by step instructions

Follow these simple steps to create your own homemade name:

1. Prepare the mushrooms: cut approximately 1.5cm-2cm of the stem. Then cut the enoki mushrooms in half so they are not as long.

2. Make the sauce: Soak the kombu seaweed in water for 30 minutes – 1 hour. After soaking the seaweed, remove it from the water and slice it thinly. Place all sauce ingredients, including sliced ​​seaweed, in a saucepan over medium heat.

3. Cook the mushrooms: Add the enoki mushrooms and cook for about a few minutes.

4. Serve and enjoy: Serve immediately or reserve, cool thoroughly, transfer to a clean airtight container and refrigerate for about a week. It can be stored in the freezer for a month

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To take your Nametake dish to the next level, here are some tips to enhance its flavor:

– Use fresh, high-quality ingredients for best results. Fresh enoki mushrooms will have better texture and flavor.

– Adjust the seasoning to your taste. If you prefer a sweeter dish you can add a little sugar or increase the amount of mirin. If you prefer it saltier, increase the amount of soy sauce.

– Experiment with different seasonings. In addition to sesame seeds and green onions, you can try adding other ingredients like bonito flakes, umeboshi, or nori strips for extra umami.

– Serve Nametake with other Japanese dishes for a complete meal. It goes well with steamed rice, miso soup and grilled fish or tofu.

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Serving Tips

Nametake is a versatile dish that can be served in various ways. Here are some serving tips to inspire you:

– As a side dish: Enjoy the name as a tasty side dish along with the main course. Its savory taste will complement any meal.

– On rice: The name is often eaten as a condiment on a simple bowl of steamed rice. It's simple but satisfying. The mushrooms and sauce will soak into the rice which is super delicious.

– On top of tofu: The name is also usually served on top of tofu to add flavor and texture.

– With noodles or pasta: Add the name as a condiment to your favorite noodles, such as udon or soba. It also works as an ingredient or seasoning for a unique and interesting pasta dish.

– In sushi rolls: The umami flavor and meaty texture of nametake make it a good option for filling sushi rolls.

– On toast or crackers: Spread the name on toast or crackers for a quick and delicious snack.

– In salads: You can use it as a dressing on fresh Japanese-style salads such as cucumber salad and others.

If you have any leftovers, you can store Nametake in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It will stay fresh for up to a week. The texture and flavors will intensify when cooled and stored in the refrigerator, making it even more delicious!

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Learn how to prepare delicious cured “nametake” enoki mushrooms at home to use as a topping for rice, tofu and more!

Course: Starter, Condiments, Side Dish

Kitchen: Japanese

Preparation time 30 minutes

Time to cook 5 minutes

Total time 35 minutes

Portions: 20 portions

Calories: 4kcal

Author: Shihoko | Chronicles of Wands

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Instructions

  • Begin soaking the kombu strip in 1/4 cup water for 30 minutes to 1 hour.

  • Remove the stems of the enoki mushrooms and cut the rest in half as the picture indicates.

  • After soaking the kombu for 30 minutes to an hour, remove the kombu strip and slice it thinly (do not discard the soaking water).

  • Place the kombu soaking water, kombu slices, soy sauce, mirin, and vinegar in a saucepan over medium heat.

  • Once boiled, add the enoki mushrooms, melting them with your hands.

  • Cook the enoki mushrooms for a few minutes. Once the enoki mushrooms have softened, the broth will thicken.

  • Let it cool and then place it in an airtight container.

Notes

*1 requires approximately 2 cm/0.8 inch of dried seaweed or 1/4 teaspoon of instant dashi granules.
*2 If you don't have access to rice vinegar, replace it with white vinegar or any other vinegar.
*3 I purchased the pack in Tasmania, Australia and it weighed 360g/12oz.

Nutrition

Calories: 4kcal | Carbohydrates: 1G | Protein: 0.3G | Fat: 0.003G | Saturated fats: 0.001G | Polyunsaturated fats: 0.001G | Monounsaturated fat: 0.001G | Sodium: 164mg | Potassium: 6mg | Fiber: 0.02G | Sugar: 0.4G | Vitamin A: 0.1UI | C vitamin: 0.004mg | Soccer: 1mg | Iron: 0.1mg

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