Daikon stir-fry with Japanese mince balls
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Easy and delicious recipe which can be customised with whatever you have in stock.
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Japanese
  • 2 daikon radishes
  • 2 tbs tasteless oil (canola or peanut)
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 3 tbs soy (to taste)
mince balls
  • 600g beef, already minced or rump
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tbs coriander seeds (or ground coriander)
  • 1 tbs cumin seeds (or ground cumin)
  • A bit of grated nutmeg (optional)
  • 1 echalote (or 1 small onion)
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 tbs fresh ginger, coarsely cut (or ground dry ginger)
  • 1 tbs sesame oil (or vegetable oil)
  • 1 tbs palm sugar (or any sugar)
  • 2 tbs tasteless oil (canola or peanut)
  • Fresh coriander (cilantro) to serve (optional)
  • 3 tbs Japanese soy sauce
  • 1 tbs palm sugar (or any sugar)
  • 1 tbs mirin (or rice vinegar)
  1. Peel the daikon and cut in the shape of French fries. If the inner white skin is too rough discard. It is usually alright to just consider it as you would the rest and just cut the whole radish in "fries".
  2. Cut rump in medium cubes. Mince in a food processor in several pulses
  3. Add all the ingredients and pulse several times until well mixed.
  4. Make nice little mince balls (all the same size for them to cook evenly). Place them on a plate.
  5. Heat oil in a frying pan. Drop half the balls at once. Shake the pan to make the balls roll. It will coat them in oil and will keep their round shape. Regularly shake the pan until they are cooked but not overcooked (not too dry). Taste one to be sure :) and stop right there... you can't eat them all now...
  6. Place them in a warm dish.
  7. Proceed with the second batch. Add to the warm dish and cover with foil.
  8. Wipe the pan if there is too much oil. If not, just add a bit of oil and raise heat to max.
  9. Chop garlic finely, tip it in the pan. Stir for 1 min.
  10. Tip daikon.
  11. Add soy. Stir and fry for 3 mins or more, according to your taste.
  12. Prepare the sauce by mixing the sauce ingredients together.
  13. Reheat the balls in the microwave if necessary. I don't, they're usually very hot :)
  14. Pour the sauce over the balls and toss them delicately in the sauce for at least 1 min.
  15. Tip daikon in a warm serving dish, tip balls on top with their sauce. Sprinkle fresh coriander.
  16. Done!
Recipe by The Flo Show.com at http://www.thefloshow.com/daikon-stir-fry-with-japanese-mince-balls/