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Jul 25, 2005 02:44 PM

japanese ginger dressing

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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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  1. 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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    1. re: Will Owen

      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.

    2. 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.

      1. 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.


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        1. re: valerie


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

          1. re: Autumnwine

            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.

        2. 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. (
          Makes 1 3/4 cups.

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          1. re: domokun

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

          2. 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!