Serve this orange-kissed nutty dipping sauce with Oden (a Japanese stew) or crispy fried tofu or with any succulent grilled meat.
I also like to use it as a dressing for cooked vegetables. Stir in some hot chili paste, to taste, and you have a spicy sauce for cooked thin spaghetti or Asian noodles. Try it as a marinade for chicken before roasting. To make this sauce, use sweet white Saikyo miso or yellow miso paste. Red miso paste is delicious too but slightly saltier.
1/4 cup fresh, natural peanut butter (or your favorite brand)
1 cup miso paste
2 tablespoons mirin
Grated zest of 1 small orange
2 tablespoons tart, fresh orange juice
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
1 green onion, trimmed, finely minced
1/3 to 1/2 cup Dashi, as needed (Go to the category Japanese Cooking and Culture to reference the recipe, Dashi-Japan’s Soup Stock,)
In a medium bowl, blend together peanut butter, miso paste, mirin, orange zest, orange juice, brown sugar and green onion. Stir in up to 1/2 cup Dashi to thin the sauce to a dipping consistency. Use at once or store in the refrigerator. Bring back to room temperature before using. Makes about 1-1/3 cups.
Dashi gives the sauce a subtle, delicious flavor. If unavailable, substitute plain chicken stock or even water.
Recipe from Fondues & Hot Pots, by Susan Fuller Slack, pages 147-148, The Berkley Publishing Group (HP label), New York, NY
Several types of Japanese miso paste are available from:
Hyundai Oriental Grocery & Gift
1807 Decker Boulevard, Suite 1
Cola. SC, 29206