Japanese dish, Spinach, Bento recipes-Ohitashi Spinach in Dashi maki Egg Roll

Ohitashi is one of the very popular Japanese cold dish. Usually we use green leafy vegetables to make it. Combining Japanese seasonings with katsuo’s umami can make very light yet tasteful dish. This time I made Dashimaki style egg sheet to roll in. It turned out very attractive Oshitashi! It’s also suitable to pack into your bento box~!

[ Ingredients ] *tsp=tea spoon tbs=table spoon
~ serves one ~
200g Spinach
1 tsp Salt

[ Oshitashi Sauce ]
1 tbs Dashi
or 1/2 tbs Water+1/4tsp dashi powder
2 tsp Mirin
2 tsp Soy sauce
One pinch Katsuo bushi

[ Dashi Maki Egg Sheet ]
1 Egg
one pinch Salt
1/2 tbs Dashi
or 1/2 tbs Water+one pinch of dashi powder
1/2 tsp White sesame
(•̀ㅂ•́)وto see Japanese seasonings explanations please click here!


[ Directions ]

Here’s a one of basic ways of blanching spinach.
Trim off the root but not the entire part, make sure each stems are still connected.

2. Cross cut the section so the bottom part will get cooked thoroughly.

3. Add salt into boiling water.

4. First, dip the stem part and hold until it softens.
(˃̵ᴗ˂̵)و~MASA’s Cooking Tips~
Some vegetables have different range of cooking time depending on parts. Same method may be used for other vegetables such as asparagus.

5. And then release the whole part, make sure the leaves get submerged in boiling water.

6. Cook for about 15~20 seconds and remove from the pot.
(˃̵ᴗ˂̵)و~MASA’s Cooking Tips~
Cooking too long will lose its nutrition.

7. Plunge in cold water to cool off.

8. Pull the spinach out of the water, squeeze well to remove excess water.
(˃̵ᴗ˂̵)و~MASA’s Cooking Tips~
Because the whole bunch spinach is still connected, it’s very easy handle!

9. Prepare Ohitashi Sauce. Combine dashi, soy sauce, mirin in a container.

10. Add crumbled Katsuo bushi.
(˃̵ᴗ˂̵)و~MASA’s Cooking Tips~
Adding Katsuo bushi can give another umami flavor to the sauce instantly!

11. Mix well, now you have Ohitashi Sauce!

12. Soak the spinach for about 5~10 minutes.
(˃̵ᴗ˂̵)و~MASA’s Cooking Tips~
You can soak any blanched leafy vegetable such as kale, cabbage!

13. Prepare an egg sheet. Add dashi and salt and mix well.

14. Warm up a fry pan on medium low heat and thinly coat the surface with a touch of oil.
Pour the egg and tilt the pan to let the egg spread evenly.

15. Here’s an easy way of cooking egg sheet without flipping!
After spreading the egg, cover the pot and turn up the heat to the maximum and wait for 10 seconds. Shut off the stove immediately, let it sit for 2 minutes.
(˃̵ᴗ˂̵)و~MASA’s Cooking Tips~
Using residual heat can cook the other side of the egg sheet!

16. After making sure the surface is set, you can remove from the pot.

17. Put the egg sheet on a piece of plastic wrap. Lay the Oshitashi spinach on the egg with leaving some margin on both top and bottom parts.

18. Start rolling from the bottom.
(˃̵ᴗ˂̵)و~MASA’s Cooking Tips~
To avoid coming loose while cutting, make sure to roll tightly.

19. Finally, use plastic wrap to roll in like a candy!
Let it sit for a couple of minutes to allow the egg sheet to stick well.

20. Cutting with plastic wrap on is much easier to handle!
Sprinkle some white sesame as you serve.

This can be a perfect side dish for Bento~!(˃̵ᴗ˂̵)و



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