Sometimes you’re hungry for izakaya style food… but you really just want to drink your beer out of a jar. When that happens, you’re pretty much left to do the cooking yourself, unless you’re brave enough to bring your own jar to an izakaya… let me know if you’ve tried that. For the time being, I’ll share with you how to produce an izakaya style dinner at home.
First, there are some things you’ll be needing.
- jar for beer – It’s better that way, maybe just because I’m from Virginia.
- beer – Anything will do.
- small plates, bowls, and dishes – One hallmark of Japanese presentation is in the dishes
- food – See below for details.
- beer in a jar
- hiyayakko (a tofu dish) with myoga
- daikon (japanese radish) salad
- pan-fried hotate (scallops) drizzled with soy sauce
- refried buri (Japanese Amberjack, a kind of fish)
- pan-fried roast duck
- refried mashed satsumaimo (Japanese sweet potato)
Breaking those down, one by one.
Beer in a Jar
Step 1. Traditionally a mason jar is used, however when unavailable we get creative. My jar comes from natural peanut butter purchased at an import store. I cleaned it well.
Step 2. Add beer.
Step 2. Toppings for this dish are most commonly ginger and negi (spring onions), but myoga is a decent alternative. Dice and dress.
Step 3. Flavor with a good quality soy sauce and or something like ponzu.
Step 3. Cut from the top of the circle down about 0.25 cm each strip, and then in the other direction to create very thin sticks.
Step 4. Arrange and dress with desired flavoring, soy sauce, ponzu, salad dressing, mayonnaise. Anything goes.
Step 2. Cook or reheat. In either case they go into a frying pan and get drizzled with soy sauce. You can oil the pan with butter if you like.
Step 2. Reheat and serve with cabbage in the same way as the hotate.
Pan-fried Roast Duck
Step 2. Brown in frying pan.
Refried Mashed Satsumaimo
Step 2. Reheat in frying pan, a little blackening never hurt anyone.
Step 3. Serve with duck, because it’s super oily.
Once you’ve finished enjoying, I recommend cleaning up immediately. This type of dinner involves a lot of dishes, and they’re trivial to clean up if you do it right away, but quite stressful if you leave them around. I was done in no time!