You know that you’re going through a meh day when: (1) the morning was just beginning to look the same as any other day, (2) then the day just drags and drags whilst dragging whatever remaining life force out of you and (3) just wanna lie down and don’t want to do anything. Sounds familiar? I was feeling un-inspired and definitely needed a quick perk-me-up and coffee didn’t help a bit (by the way, I already had 2 cups 🙂 )
So, with that little remaining life force, I walked to my pantry and rummaged through the snack box, hoping to find some sweet and sour goodies. Then I saw a bottle of ‘something’ peeking out from a pile of dry goods that I had bought a week ago but had no time to organise. Interesting! Now, where did that bottle of Yuzu juice came from, I wonder?
“So, there you are, my dear yuzu … you’re the secret to brighten up any ‘meh’ day. Where have you been all my life?”
Yuzu is a citrus fruit, grown in China. It’s a commonly used ingredient in Japanese cuisine – the juice, due to its tartness (sourness), smack-in-the-mouth twang is used as flavouring agent while it’s aromatic zest for garnish. It’s somewhat close to what a lemon does. The fruit is not available in Melbourne but you can find the next best thing – yuzu juice from selected Japanese specialist stores. I paid about $8 for a 100ml bottle but the flavour profile is priceless. Todd & Diane’s White on Rice Couple has more information about yuzu.
I love the flavour of this dish, absolutely perfect for a quick lunch bite, part of shared starter or party finger food. It has a good balance between the sourness of the yuzu juice and the sweetness of fresh prawns. The sesame seeds add wonderful texture and fragrance. So, if you need a quick perk-me-up, don’t forget this dish can help you with it.
Grilled Prawns with Yuzu Dressing (adapted from Good Food)
Serves 1 as starter
5 large prawns, de-shell and de-vein
1 tsp sesame seeds, toasted
store-bought Shichimi togarashi (Japanese seven-flavour chilli pepper)
1 tbsp yuzu juice
1 tbsp mirin
4 tbsp grape seed oil
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp garlic, finely grated
1 tbsp japanese mayonnaise
1. Heat up a pan. Mix all the ingredients of the dressing in a bowl.
2. Brush the prawns with the dressing and place them on the pan for 2-3 mins each side until cooked through.
3. Once it’s cooked, arrange them on a plate and spoon over the remaining dressing. Garnish with toasted sesame seeds and if you like a little spiciness, sprinkle with some Shichimi togarashi.
See! It’s done – so easy and fuss free. You can also add some salad to go along with the prawns for more freshness. Enjoy!