Make namesake and top this on short-grain rice, porridge, tofu and even pasta. Also, namesake makes a terrific omelette. Nametake is enoki mushroom cooked in soy sauce, mirin and sake. It’s super simple but versatile. A lot of people in Japan purchase pre-made nametake in a jar made by huge food manufacturing companies, but homemade is actually economical and tastes FAR better. It only takes 10 minutes to make and lasts in the fridge for 5 days! So, what is your excuse?!
Growing up, I come back from school hungry and cannot wait for a dinner. So I serve myself a bowl of rice and top with nametake I find in the fridge to hold me over to a dinner! I make this in a large batch and top this on everythting to make a quick lunch and dinner. If you can’t find enoki mushroom, sliced shiitake and shimeji mushroom work perfectly well (NO porcini mushrooms)! —Arisa Slutsky
(1 package) enoki mushroom, cut into three equal lengthwise
mirin, preferably hon mirin
In This Recipe
Add mirin and sake to a small pot over medium heat. Cook for 2 - 3 min, evaporating alcohol.
Add soy sauce and sugar and stir.
Add enoki mushroom and cook for another 5 minutes. Do not boil.