Five easy rice vinegar recipes

March 11 2020 by peachonomics , 0 comments - Leave a comment

Good morning! Excited to be sharing my love for rice vinegar with you all! It’s an ingredient we grew up with, and a pantry stable in my kitchen. Rice vinegar is an integral ingredient to Asian cooking, and adds great flavors to many classic recipes, while having very few calories. It’s a vital ingredient in sushi, as it is the hero that seasons sushi rice! However, its uses extend much beyond sushi making. Over the last few weeks, I partnered with NAKANO® Rice Vinegar and shared some easy and tasty Asian recipes on Instagram. Some of these recipes have been enjoyed in our family for decades! NAKANO Rice Vinegar is a not-so-secret ingredient that can be incorporated into your meals in the New Year as a step towards developing healthy eating habits. NAKANO Rice Vinegar contains no more than seven recognizable and real ingredients so everyone can clearly see what goes into creating delicious and light meals. Here are the five recipes that we love making and eating, featuring various NAKANO Rice Vinegar varieties. Click on the image link for the recipe details, and hope to see your recreations of these in your kitchen!

Kung Pao Tofu

Kung Pao is one of the most popular Chinese dishes both in China and abroad. It is very versatile, and can feature plant-based, meat or seafood as the protein option. This recipe uses NAKANO Toasted Sesame Rice Vinegar. If you like adding a drop of sesame oil to your cooking, you will most likely love this vinegar, as it has a hint of aromatic sesame, as well as little pieces of sesame seeds.

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Happy Saturday! Kung Pao is probably one of the dishes we eat most often at home. It's quick, easy, and versatile (great for chicken, beef, pork, tofu, fish, shrimp, eggplant, zucchini…so many meat, seafood and plant-based options!). The sauce (which bears the name Kung Pao or Gong Bao) is full of savory, sweet and tangy flavors #ad the tanginess comes from @nakanoflavors Toasted Sesame Rice Vinegar. Rice vinegar is not only for seasoning sushi rice! It is an integral ingredient to Asian cooking, and adds great flavors to many classic recipes, while having very few calories. Over the next few weeks, I'll be partnering with @nakanoflavors Rice Vinegar to share with you some easy and tasty Asian recipes, some of which we've been eating since we were kids 💚 NAKANO Rice Vinegar is a not-so-secret ingredient that can be incorporated into your meals in the New Year as a step towards developing healthy eating habits. NAKANO Rice Vinegar contains no more than seven recognizable and real ingredients so everyone can clearly see what goes into creating delicious and light meals. For this Kung Pao recipe, I used tofu as the main ingredient. I highly recommend using firm tofu, as the recipe does call for it to be cut into squares and pan-seared to have a golden crust before tossing in the sauce – silken or soft tofu would not hold its shape nearly as well. The sauce ingredients (see below) are what gives the dish its distinct flavor, and you are more than welcome, and encouraged, to get creative with what diced veggies you'd like to include in the recipe. Bell peppers, onions, carrots and zucchini are all great options. Recipe: Kung Pao Tofu (Serves 3-4)

Ingredients:
1 16-oz. block firm tofu, cut into squares
1 tbsp avocado oil (for cooking the tofu)
1/4 of orange bell peppers, diced
1/4 of green bell peppers, diced
Steamed broccoli florets, steamed rice, to serve Recipe continued in comments #nakanoflavors #ad #asianfoodrecipes #glutenfreerecipes #sffoodie #tofu #tofurecipes #kungpao #healthyeating #eatpretty #beautifulcuisines #bayareafoodie #bayareaeats #wellnessblogger #healthyish #healthyfood #sffoodies #sffood #bayareafoodie #手料理 #料理写真 #nycfoodies #nycfood

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Onigirazu

This dish has been taking over Instagram lately, and rightly so. It’s picture-perfect (who doesn’t love sushi and a good sandwich all in one!?), and packs some great protein and vegetables. Onigirazu is basically a sushi sandwich, where various filling ingredients are sandwiched between two “patties” of seasoned sushi rice, then wrapped in a sheet of seaweed. In this recipe, NAKANO Natural Rice Vinegar is used to season the cooked rice.

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Happy Friday! You know I love sandwiches in all forms 🙂🙂🙂Today I’m excited to share with you an onigirazu (Japanese onigiri-inspired “sandwich”) that you can make in under 20min for a quick and delicious lunch. The key to nailing the flavor of the rice used in the onigirazu is @nakanoflavors Natural Rice Vinegar. Over the next few weeks, I am partnering with @nakanoflavors Rice Vinegar to share some easy and tasty Asian-inspired recipes. Did you check out my last NAKANO recipe of Kung Pao Tofu? For the onigirazu, I used an easy tuna filling and lots of colorful veggie layers. What I love about the onigirazu sandwich is that it holds up much better than a regular bread-based sandwich – making it perfect for prepping ahead of time for a tasty appetizer. Just cut the sandwich into desired portions when you are ready to serve. NAKANO Rice Vinegar is made with real rice and the finest ingredients. Each rice vinegar is brewed according to traditional practices, creating a clean flavor that is mild and mellow. Just a splash of NAKANO Rice Vinegar adds a light twist to your favorite dishes and is all you need to bring the tastes of faraway flavors to your dinner table. Check out the full recipe in the comments below. 👍🏻 Recipe: Onigirazu (Serves 2-4 as an appetizer)

Filling Ingredients:
2 tbsp of tinned tuna, drained
½ tbsp mayonnaise (optional)
pinch of salt and pepper
¼ red pepper or 1 mini red pepper, sliced ¼ yellow pepper or 1 mini yellow pepper, sliced
a few thin slices of baby cucumber a few thin slices of carrot (I used a peeler to slice a purple heirloom carrot) 2 leaves of lettuce, washed and patted dry with a paper towel Recipe continued in comments . . . . . . . . . . . . . #nakanopartner #nakanoflavors #onigirazu #makesmewhole #feedfeed @thefeedfeed #homemaderecipe #美食推薦 #onigiri #healthyeating #eatpretty #beautifulcuisines #和食 #和食ごはん #bayareafoodie #bayareaeats #wellnessblogger #healthyish #edrecovery #healthyfood #sffoodies #fuelyourbody #cleaneats #nycfoodies #食卓 #手料理 #料理写真 #献立  #スタジオエム #다이어트요리 #다이어트레시피

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Dan Dan Noodles

Here is another popular Asian dish that’s been gaining a lot of features on social media. It is spicy, flavorful and aromatic, featuring some delightfully chewy noodles and crunchy peanuts. This recipe uses NAKANO Roasted Garlic Seasoned Rice Vinegar in the sauce, which is so delicious, that you’d want to make extra to keep for noodle cravings later in the week! Serve it with a side of greens – cucumbers are what most Dan Dan Noodles are served with, at home and in Chinese restaurants. Their crunch and cooling property pair very well with these spicy and savory noodles.

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Happy almost Friday! Do you love noodles? If so, you must try this Dan Dan Noodles recipe! It’s aromatic (from the garlic, scallions, etc.), spicy (🌶🌶) and creamy (from roasted sesame paste/tahini!) all in one, with a savory richness from @nakanoflavors Roasted Garlic Seasoned Rice Vinegar #ad I’m sharing the recipe details below so keep on reading! What I love about this recipe is that you simply mix all the sauce ingredients together and stir – no complicated cooking is involved. You can also make more sauce to keep in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days so you can have 🍜🍜 round 2. The classic way of serving Dan Dan Noodles (and many other Chinese noodle dishes) is with lots of julienned cucumber – it adds crunch, color, nutrients, and balance. The vinegar in the sauce also adds some lovely acidity and cuts through the richness of the roasted sesame sauce. For eight generations, NAKANO Rice Vinegar has perfected a classic, clean taste for flavorful, accessible Asian recipes at home. NAKANO Rice Vinegar contains no more than seven recognizable and real ingredients so everyone can clearly see what goes into creating delicious and light meals. . . . . . . . . #NAKANOFlavors #Ad #asianfoodrecipes #foodandwine #sffoodie #noodles #noodleworship #feedfeed @thefeedfeed #healthyeating #eatpretty #beautifulcuisines #f52grams #和食ごはん @food52 #bayareafoodie #bayareaeats #wellnessblogger #healthyish #healthyfood #sffoodies #fuelyourbody #sffood #nycfoodies  #手料理 #料理写真 #bayareaeats #献立 #다이어트요리 #다이어트레시피 #bayareafood #bayareafoodies

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Tofu and Vegetable Salad

As spring is approaching, many of us are craving a good salad. Are you bored of your salad recipes? Try this one, packed full of tender blanched bok choy, fragrant pan-seared oyster mushrooms, chewy and umami-rich seaweed, creamy avocado, crunchy pan-seared tofu, and a probiotic-rich salad dressing made with chopped kimchi and NAKANO Organic Natural Rice Vinegar. Salads will never be boring again!

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Happy Monday! Bringing you an Asian-inspired salad recipe today, packed full of veggie goodness (oyster mushrooms, seaweed, bok choy, avocado), crispy tofu, and a salad dressing made with kimchi and @nakanoflavors Organic Natural Rice Vinegar #ad. My family has always prepared tofu this way – by freezing firm tofu, then defrosting it – little air bubbles resembling honeycomb will have formed. This gives the tofu a whole new texture, a little spongy, and perfect for soaking up sauces, dressings etc. I cut it into small cubes and pan-fried each side to golden. It made the perfect protein addition to this salad! The dressing has a spicy kick (and probiotics!) from the kimchi, and some delicious acidity from the NAKANO Rice Vinegar – which contains no more than seven recognizable and real ingredients so everyone can clearly see what goes into creating delicious and light meals. Just a splash of NAKANO Rice Vinegar adds a light twist to your favorite dishes and is all you need to bring the tastes of faraway flavors to your dinner table. #NAKANOFlavors #Ad Ingredients: (Serves 2) Dressing Ingredients: 2 tbsp kimchi, finely chopped ½ tbsp mayonnaise ½ tbsp soy sauce 1 tbsp NAKANO Organic Natural Rice Vinegar Salad Ingredients: 1 tbsp dried seaweed ¼ avocado, sliced 2 oyster mushrooms, sliced 3-5 bok choy (depending on size), cut into halves or quarters Cubes of frozen firm tofu, defrosted Instructions continued in comments . . . . . #asianfoodrecipes #meatlessmonday #sffoodie #saladbowl #avocado🥑 #feedfeed @thefeedfeed #healthyeating #eatpretty #beautifulcuisines #f52grams #和食ごはん @food52 #bayareafoodie #bayareaeats #wellnessblogger #healthyish #healthyfood #sffoodies #fuelyourbody #sffood #nycfoodies  #手料理 #料理写真 #bayareaeats #献立 #다이어트요리 #다이어트레시피 #bayareafood #bayareafoodies

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Steamed Rice Rolls

Looking to switch up from your usual dinner side of pasta, rice or potatoes? Try steamed rice rolls! These delightfully chewy morsels are the perfect blanket for soaking up your favorite sauce/dressing. They are not dissimilar to flat rice noodles used in hor fun, pad see ew and drunken noodles, but come in a roll. You can find them in Asian grocery stores, and they are great for a quick weekday dinner: just pair them with your favorite protein and add a side of vegetables! This recipe features an additively yummy dressing made with NAKANO Seasoned Rice Vinegar, and chili oil.

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Happy Friday! Many of you may have had “cheong fun” at dim sum: slippery layers of rice “noodle”, often containing a filling like cilantro or shrimp. Today I’m excited to show you a similar version that you can easily serve at home: Steamed Rice Rolls served with a delicious sauce made with chili oil, sesame oil, salt and @nakanoflavors Seasoned Rice Vinegar #ad. The base ingredient of this dish is the “cheong fun” aka the rice rolls. Available in Asian grocery stores, these rice rolls are made with rice flour, wheat starch and tapioca flour as the main ingredients and made into a large sheet then rolled tightly to a compact roll. It is the perfect blanket for soaking up sauces, and this recipe makes it do just that, by creating an absolutely delectable sauce made with spicy chili oil, aromatic sesame oil, NAKANO Seasoned Rice Vinegar to offer some acidity balance, and a little salt to finish it off. You can get creative and add garnishes such as finely chopped scallions (a must!), sweet corn (a personal favorite), julienned cucumber, cilantro, diced fresh chili (if you like it spicy) and so on – the options are endless! NAKANO Rice Vinegar is made with real rice and the finest ingredients. Each rice vinegar is brewed according to traditional practices, creating a clean flavor that is mild and mellow. Each variety of NAKANO Rice Vinegar contains no more than seven recognizable and real ingredients, so you know exactly what goes into your dishes 💚 #NAKANOFlavors #Ad Ingredients: (Serves 4)

Sauce Ingredients:
1 tbsp chili oil
1 tbsp NAKANO Seasoned Rice Vinegar 1 tsp sesame oil Salt to taste Rest of Ingredients: 4 rice rolls (they’re about 9-10 inches long) 4 tbsp of cooked corn kernels, drained of any liquid 1 green scallion, finely diced Instructions continued in comments . . . . . #asianfoodrecipes #meatlessmonday #sffoodie #vegetarianrecipes #dimsum #riceroll #healthyeating #eatpretty #beautifulcuisines #f52grams #和食ごはん @food52 #bayareafoodie #bayareaeats #wellnessblogger #healthyish #healthyfood #sffoodies #fuelyourbody #sffood #nycfoodies  #手料理 #料理写真 #bayareaeats #献立 #다이어트요리 #다이어트레시피 #bayareafood #bayareafoodies

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