Japanese Steamed Salmon and Pumpkin Rice
There are occasions when I get into the mood to cook more complex recipes that require more prep time and technique, and then there are days that inspire me to whip up something extremely simple and straightforward like this Japanese Steamed Salmon and Pumpkin Rice. Only 4 ingredients and 2 seasoning sauces that you toss right into the rice cooker. Oh, and get this - it tastes incredible as well!
There is this Japanese stall set up in the food street section of a popular shopping mall here in Singapore that we used to frequent. They sell traditional Okowa which is steamed glutinous rice with a selection of ingredients such as chestnut, mushrooms and seafood. My personal favourite is the Okowa with chestnut, which is also the inspiration for this recipe in which I have substituted the sweet chestnut with pumpkin. While my version of the Okowa is not the most traditional, the taste is very very similar to the one that I have tried and is really delicious. This Japanese Steamed Salmon and Pumpkin Rice is also crazy healthy as it is steamed with no additional salt or oil added. If pumpkin isn't your thing, you can replace it with shiitake or nameko mushrooms, or carrots.
As the ingredients cook in the rice cooker, be prepared to welcome the intoxicating fragrance of the salmon, pumpkin, mirin, soy sauce and rice coming together in a perfect symphony to invade your kitchen and whet your appetite, it really is out of this world.