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japanese ginger dressing

blazee Jul 25, 2005 02:44 PM

i am addicted to the ginger salad dressing at sushi places, but i can't seem to find it anywhere. can anyone recommend a good recipe or tell me if this is available commercially.

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    Will Owen RE: blazee Jul 25, 2005 02:48 PM

    If you inhabit a part of the world that also contains Trader Joe's, they have a ginger soy dressing that may be what you're looking for. Lacking that, I'd think you could just make up an ordinary vinaigrette using rice vinegar, with some soy sauce and grated or finely-chopped fresh ginger.

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      Ronin RE: Will Owen Jul 25, 2005 03:47 PM

      Try to find a Japanese ginger grater--usually cheap aluminum versions are available at Korean/Japanese food stores. These have teensy sharp teeth that catch the tough fibres. A MicroPlane grater will do in a pinch. Will's basic recipe is fine for starters. Try adding a little shichimi(Japanese 7 spice powder)for some kick.

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      Jess RE: blazee Jul 25, 2005 05:18 PM

      The taste I was addicted to in those salad dressings turned out to be mirin. Get yourself a bottle and see if that's what you are missing from your ingredient list.

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        valerie RE: blazee Jul 25, 2005 10:19 PM

        There is a brand of salad dressing called "Jo's". They make a carrot ginger dressing that is excellent and just like the kind that they have in japanese restaurants.

        Even here in NYC, it's not available in every supermarket, so it might be hard to find. But once you find it, you'll be happy. It's addicting.

        They have a website, but it doesn't seem to be working at this time. But at least you can see what the logo on the bottle looks like, so you know what you're looking for.

        Link: http://magicbean.krad.com/

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          Autumnwine RE: valerie Jul 26, 2005 11:30 AM


          In which NYC store have you found Jo's dressing? Thanks.

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            valerie RE: Autumnwine Jul 27, 2005 04:13 PM

            I used to buy it at Fairway until I moved downtown last fall, so I can only guess that they still carry it. Now, believe it or not, I buy it at the Associated on 23rd & 2nd.

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          domokun RE: blazee Jul 26, 2005 12:39 PM

          If you are looking for the orange-colored ginger dressing, like they serve at Benihana, then this is your recipe. I have made it several times and it is awesome! Really easy to make too -- just toss everything in a blender. It is from Top Secret Recipes.

          Top Secret Recipes version of Benihana Ginger Salad Dressing

          1/2 cup minced onion
          1/2 cup peanut oil
          1/3 cup rice vinegar
          2 tablespoons water
          2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
          2 tablespoons minced celery
          2 tablespoons ketchup
          4 teaspoons soy sauce
          2 teaspoons sugar
          2 teaspoons lemon juice
          1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
          1/2 teaspoon salt
          1/4 teaspoon black pepper

          1. Combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend on high speed for about 30 seconds or until all of the ginger is well-pureed. (http://www.topsecretrecipes.com
          Makes 1 3/4 cups.

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            Chowhoney RE: domokun Jul 26, 2005 01:01 PM

            Yes, that is the recipe you are looking for. I use it as well, delicious.

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            blazee RE: blazee Jul 26, 2005 04:10 PM

            thanks for the feedback. the orange stuff is exactly what i was looking for. i'll be mixing up a batch tonight when i go home!

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              arifa RE: blazee Jul 28, 2005 01:31 AM

              you got me craving it, so i made some. i used this recipe and i am so pleased with the results:


              Link: http://www.recipezaar.com/113832

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