BRAISED DAIKON by the Cute Gardener
A subtle, al dente rendering of an iconic Japanese root vegetable in a surprisingly simple broth that carries the tiniest hint of dark caramel to counteract softened briny kombu. The daikon acts like a tofu, soaking up its surrounding flavors. A perfect appetizer that goes down like a whisper, barely audible yet entirely complex.
Insanely simple recipe
Slice one daikon radish into 1/2-inch rounds. In about 3 cups of water, place daikon, 3 small strips of kombu, 1 tablespoon mirin, and 1 tablespoon Japanese soy in a pot. Cover and gently simmer until daikon is soft, but not mushy.