DINING WITH THE CHEF
DINING WITH THE CHEF introduces Americans to the techniques, ingredients and harmony of Japanese cuisine. Hosted by Yu Hayami, who cooks alongside master chef Tatsuo Saito, and also by Patrick Harlan who cooks with chef Rika Yukimasa — and with occasional appearances by other guest chefs — the series presents delicious Japanese dishes that can be made at home.
In this episode, we’ll be making nanban-zuke marinated swordfish with some heat from a chili pepper, the perfect dish for appetites lost to the hot summer days. Chef Saito will be using bell peppers, onion, basil, and more for a beautiful and delicious dish, and he’ll also show the tricks to getting the best flavor out of vegetables. For our side, we’ll be making braised dried daikon radish. With its sweet and savory flavor and a sprinkle of toasted sesame seeds, it makes the perfect accompaniment, rounding out the meal alongside rice, miso soup, and freshly pickled vegetables.