Today, what we’re gonna be doing is making a mizuna salad using shiokoji and some other ingredients like extra virgin olive oil, some champagne vinegar, and some freshly-squeezed lemon juice, and maybe some salt, and a little bit of white pepper.
What is shiokoji?
Shiokoji is fermented rice with salt and adds a natural umami and sweet fermented complexity to everything it touches, either as a shiokoji marinade or as shiokoji Japanese pickles.
Or in this case, a delicious and simple Japanese salad dressing.
Shiokoji is extremely simple to make.
All you need is the kome koji (koji inoculated rice), water, salt and a little bit of time (5-10 days)
Adding shiokoji to your dressing helps it to emulsify. Usually, in a Western dressing, you might use something like mustard to help the emulsification. Shiokoji does a pretty good job of it.
If you’ve never used shiokoji in your dressing, this could be a good recipe to start with because it has a lot of flavor.
It’ll give you a good idea of what it actually tastes like and what to expect.
Uses of shiokoji
You can use your homemade shiokoji for virtually anything that calls for salt. Almost anything.
Use your best judgment and experiment.
Once you have tried it a few times, you’ll get a feel for the unique, fermented, salty shiokoji flavor and how it can affect both the flavor and texture of your favorite vegetables and meats.
Today, we will be making a salad dressing out of it for a unique and enhanced flavor!