October 21, 2009

Fall is Here!! (Continued)/秋だ!!(続き)

Here in Niigata Prefecture (and also in Yamagata Prefecture), edible chrysanthemum flowers are very popular in the fall. They are called Kakinomoto, and are also called Mottenohoka (lit. unthinkable).

I boiled them in a pot of water with some salt and vinegar.

I combined:
100 ml dashi
3 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp sugar
出汁100 ml
I put some boiled kakinomoto in a dish, topped with katsuobushi (dried bonito shavings), and poured some sauce.


Yangsze said...

Wow, this is so interesting! I've seen edible chrysanthemums (the small yellow kind) used as garnishes, but never heard of cooking and eating them like this. What does it taste like? Is it sweet, like chrysanthemum tea, or stronger tasting like shungiku? I used to grow shungiku but I have never seen flowers like this. How is the texture? Is it soft when cooked like this? Sorry for all the questions, this is just so interesting to me ;)

Hiroyuki said...

A yellow kind is also available here.
Taste? It's rather tasteless. The recipe says that the tiny petals near the center of the flower are bitter. It actually says to remove them, but I hate to throw them away. (I didn't find them bitter.) The texture is crisp, and is interesting because each petal is hollow. It is soft, but it's soft even when it's fresh, and I don't think that boiling it changes its texture very much.
My wife wanted some acidity, so she added some vinegar to the dashi, soy sauce, and sugar mixture.