Tomoya Mutaguchi, owner and chef of Japanese tapas bar Izakaya Tomo in Edmonton, wanted to share some of the dining experiences he loved in Japan to a Canadian audience who may not be familiar with all that Japanese food has to offer.
If you’re a bit intimidated by making Japanese food at home, don’t be. Here’s Mutaguchi’s recipe for a traditional home-cooked dish popular in Japan, marinated fried fish with veggies!
2 mackerel fillets (or your choice of favourite fish)
1/3 cup + 4 tsp (100 mL) mirin (Japanese rice wine)
100 g sugar
2 cups (500 mL) soy sauce
3 L water
½ medium onion
Flour and oil for frying
2 carrots, sliced thinly
2 green onions, sliced thinly
- Combine mirin, sugar, soy sauce, water, lemon, and half a medium onion in a large pot.
- Bring to a boil, and then remove from heat.
- Sprinkle fish with salt, and remove excess moisture with a paper towel.
- Cut fish fillets into bite-sized pieces. Cover in flour and deep fry until crispy (if you don’t have a deep fryer, you can also pan fry fish in oil).
- While still hot, add fish to the marinade until fully coated. Add carrots and green onion, and marinate overnight.
- Serve cold or at room temperature!