Simmering is a common Japanese cooking technique, and it's super easy to do. These dancing shrimp are deceptively easy to make - and full of umami flavor.
- 1/2 leek, julienned
- 5 oyster mushrooms, thinly sliced
- 9 ounces large, head-on shrimp
- 5 tablespoons sake
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 3 - 4 drops sesame oil
- 1 teaspoon soy sauce
- 1 green onion, julienned
- Place the leek in a saucepan that has a lid. Lay the mushrooms on the bed of leek and the shrimp on top of those.
- Add the sake, cover and cook over a high heat until the sake starts to steam and the prawns start to dance' in the liquid, then reduce the heat to medium so the pot is just simmering and add the salt, sesame oil and soy sauce. Cover again and continue to simmer for two or three minutes.
- Transfer to a serving plate and sprinkle with the spring onion.
- Recipe provided by Makiko Sano, author of Healthy Japanese Cooking: Simple Recipes for a Long Life, the Shoku-Iku Way.