Maguro Natto (Fermented Soybeans with Raw Tuna)

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Maguro Natto (Fermented Soybeans with Raw Tuna)
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Author: tess
Date: 6-25-10
Servings: 2
Prep Time: 10 minutes
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I originally had this dish at Riki, one of my favorite New York izakaya-style restaurants. My cousin, who grew up in Tokyo, ordered it, explaining how healthy natto was before wolfing it down. Since then I've developed quite a taste for this preparation of natto, which I think goes well with the overly gooey nature of it. However, for you natto newbies, I won't lie - it's hard to get used to the taste of these gooey, fermented soybeans, but I do think people exaggerate how bad/stinky it is. In any case, this dish is very easy to make ... really just putting a few ingredients together.

Recipe Ingredients:

  • 1/3 lb sashimi-grade tuna (maguro)
  • 50g package (1.9 oz) of fermented soybeans (natto) - usually comes in small styrofoam packages
  • 2-3 tsp small white radish (daikon), grated - optional
  • sprig of radish sprouts - optional
  • daub of wasabi
  • handful of thin seaweed strips
  • soy sauce to taste

Recipe Steps:

  • Slice the tuna into cube-like chunks. Place into a small serving bowl.
  • Open up the package of natto - don't use the mustard/soy sauce that comes with it. Just add the natto to the side of your serving bowl.
  • Grate the white radish (daikon) and also place into a bowl. You can also garnish this with fresh radish sprouts.
  • Place a daub of wasabi on top, and garnish with seaweed strips. Serve with soy sauce that can be added at the table. Also though the version I had doesn't have any egg in it, as I understand it this dish will sometimes have a raw quail egg mixed in. Mix thoroughly and enjoy this dish by itself, or on top of rice, which would make it maguro natto don.

Serving Size: 2
Preparation Time: 10 minutes

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YvesNY wrote 4 yearss ago

Seaweed strips: you mean nori strips

tum wrote 4 yearss ago

LOVED the recipe. Easy and delicious. My boyfriend loved having this for dinner.