For a dramatic presentation, Ohitashi is frequently rolled with a sushi mat into logs or towers, but the "lazy person's" way of just presenting as an attractive stack (the way I did) is just as delish and authentic. However you present it, Japanese side dishes are traditionally served on a separate plate than the main dish.
But if you have tried garlic mustard and not yet enjoyed it, this could be the dish that turns you around. Most of the bitterness is removed by blanching, and what remains is tempered by the salty umami flavors. The natural garlic taste of the leaves enhances everything.
And it's just so pretty!
Garlic Mustard Ohitashi
Serves 4 as a side, can be doubled or tripled
10 cups packed garlic mustard leaves, will cook down a lot
|I marinated for about 4 hours|
1/2 cup water
2 tsp dry dashi powder, use kombu or shiitake dashi for vegan
2 tbs soy sauce
Optional Garnishes4-6 garlic mustard flower heads, non-traditional but pretty!
4-6 tbs toasted sesame seeds, or a mix of toasted & black sesame
bonito flakes, I didn't use
- Rinse and pick through your garlic mustard.
I served it as a side to oven-fried spicy chicken katsu
- Bring a large stockpot of lightly salted water to a boil. Once boiling, add your garlic mustard. Blanch for 2-3 minutes. Drain, and run cold water over the greens to stop the cooking.
- Make your dashi broth by boiling the water, and adding the powder. Stir to combine.
- In a container with a sealing lid, combine your dashi and soy sauce. Add the greens and spread out as much as possible. If needed, add a little cool (but not cold) water, so make sure they are covered.
- Allow to soak for at least 1 hour, but 4-7 is better. If you are soaking for over 2 hours, you should soak in the refrigerator, but remove the dish and allow to come to room temperature, about 30 minutes before serving.
- Before serving, drain the greens. If you are forming into towers or logs, I recommend squeezing in cheesecloth to remove excess moisture.
- Use a sushi mat to form logs or towers (optional)
- Top each portion with your choice of garnishes. I used sprinkle of toasted sesame seeds, followed by one of black sesame, then a garlic mustard flowerhead on top.