Author Notes: Dashi is a magical ingredient- adding a hint of smoke and umami to any dish. We love it in chawan mushi, soups and as one of the best sources of depth we can add to a dish. This is a variation on a theme we use with sweet potatoes, pork and potato stew and blackened green beans. We often make it from scratch bringing a sheet of kombu to a simmer in 4 cups water, then steeping for 10 minutes. We then add a healthy handful of bonito flakes and steep until they sink. Strain through a fine mesh strainer and use within a couple days. On lazy days or when we just need that extra boost, we use the granulated version. - savorthis
Serves 4 sides
- 1 medium kabocha squash
- 2 tablespoons oil (canola or light olive)
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 1 cup dashi
- 1 tablespoon soy
- 2 tablespoons mirin
- 1/2 teaspoon chili garlic paste (more to taste)
- cilantro, chopped, for garnish
- green onion, thinly sliced, for garnish
- Cut kabocha in half, seed and cut into about 8 moon shapes. Mix remaining ingredients except cilantro and green onion.
- Heat a large pan over medium high heat. Add both oils to pan and add squash. Cook a few minutes until slightly brown. Flip and cook a few more minutes. Add liquid mixture and simmer about 20 minutes or until squash is tender when pierced with a sharp knife, flipping over about halfway through. Toward the end the liquid will turn syrupy. Shake the pan to coat all pieces and remove to a plate.
- Garnish with cilantro and green onion.