Jul 19

Dau Miu Na Meshi, aka “Leafy Rice”

in Fruits & Vegetables, Japanese, Recipes By Region, Recipes by Type, Side Dish

Na Meshi made with Dau Miu Furikake

The Asian cultures do some amazing things with greens.  Living in Japan and traveling through Asia opened me up to a world of possibilities that went way beyond many of the things we might normally think of when preparing greens, like salad or steamed spinach.  The Asian cultures have also been using a wide variety of greens that many of us have never heard of, but are now showing up in the produce sections of our supermarkets.  If you have a copy of Peko Peko: A Cookbook to Support Japan’s Recovery, you might have noticed some of the different ways that greens are incorporated into dishes, from Edamame Spinach Dip to Tangy Mustard Stir Fry and Peko Peko Udon to Kale Chips with Gomashio.  (And if you don’t have a copy yet, what are you waiting for?!?)  I’ve found that the more I branch out and try different methods of incorporating greens into our family meals, the more I find that my children don’t hesitate in eating them up.  Forget that nasty pureed spinach that is sold in baby food jars, no wonder so many kids won’t eat their greens!  There are so many flavorful and delicious ways to prepare them, why wouldn’t my kids want to eat them?  A friend of mine recently introduced me to a fabulous resource for Asian greens here in the US.  If you’ve ever bought a bag of pre-washed/chopped greens like kale or collard greens, it’s likely they were from Cut ‘n Clean Greens from San Miguel Produce.  Well San Miguel Produce added a new line of fresh Asian produce to their products, called Jade.

Greens from Jade

San Miguel Produce sent me a box of greens to play around with, and boy were my girls happy!  Two of the family favorites were simple sauteed greens that I served with some slow cooker kalua pork, and na meshi, steamed rice mixed with homemade furikake made with greens instead of nori (seaweed).

Yu Choy

I don’t know if you can even call the stir-fried greens a recipe, but I’ll share with you what I did!  I used 9 ounces of yu choy (washed and cut into 3-inch lengths) and 6 ounces of baby bok choy (washed and sliced in 1/2).  I heated a wok over high heat and added about 1 1/2 tablespoons of toasted sesame oil.  Then I added 5 finely chopped garlic cloves and the greens and stir-fried them together for about 2 or 3 minutes until the greens had softened and wilted.  Then I pulled the wok off the heat, sprinkled everything with a generous pinch of salt and served them immediately.

Stir Fried Asian Greens with Slow Cooker Kalua Pork

Na Meshi means “Leafy Rice.”  My na meshi was inspired by a recipe in Elizabeth Andoh’s newest cookbook, KANSHA.  Andoh uses daikon radish greens in her rice, but I went with dau miu, one of my favorite greens.  Dau miu are snow pea shoots that are delicate and lightly sweet, tasting like a cross between peas and spinach.

Dau Miu, snow pea shoots

After rinsing and briefly blanching the dau miu to preserve the beautiful green color, I minced it finely and then put it in the oven at a very low heat and let it dry out until the dau miu was dry and brittle.  I combined the dried dau miu with some toasted sesame seeds, salt, and sugar to make a simple furikake, then gently folded the furikake into freshly steamed rice.

Folding dau miu furikake into steamed rice

Na meshi makes a wonderful accompaniment to a meat or fish dish, or you can do what I did with half of ours and make onigiri!  The heat of the rice brings out the natural sweetness of the dau miu and the nuttiness of the toasted sesame seeds.

Dau Miu Na Meshi, aka "Leafy Rice"

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Dau Miu Na Meshi

Recipe inspired by Na Meshi recipe in KANSHA, by Elizabeth Andoh

Makes 3 cups of rice

5 ounces dau miu
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons toasted black or white sesame seeds
1 teaspoon coarse sea salt
1 teaspoon sugar
3 cups steamed white rice, freshly made and still warm

1. Dry the dau miu: Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit (or the lowest temperature setting your oven has). Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper. Rinse the dau miu.

2. Bring 2 quarts of water to a rolling boil in a large pot, add the salt, then quickly blanch the dau miu until the color brightens, about 10 seconds. Drain immediately and transfer to a bowl of cold water to stop the dau miu from continuing to cook. Drain and squeeze out any excess moisture.

3. Wrap the dau miu up in a kitchen towel (or paper towel) to blot up any additional moisture. Using a sharp knife, chop the dau miu coarsely, then finely mince it. Spread the minced greens out on the prepared baking sheet.

4. Place the baking sheet in the preheated oven and oven-dry the dau miu until they become dry and brittle. This will take anywhere from 20 minutes to 1 hour and a half, depending on how finely your greens are chopped. Remove the greens from the oven and let them cool slightly, then rub them between your hands to break up any clusters into finer pieces.

5. Make the furikake: Combine 1 tablespoon of the sesame seeds, and all of the salt and sugar and grind them together in a mortar and pestle. Add the dau miu and remaining 1 tablespoon of sesame seeds and lightly mix.

6. Set aside 1 or 2 tablespoons of the furikake to add to the steamed rice. Let the remainder cool completely, then store it in a tightly sealed glass jar in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.

7. Make the na meshi: Sprinkle the furikake over the hot rice, then use a rice paddle or spatula and gently fold the furikake into the rice, distributing it evenly. The heat and moisture of the rice will rehydrate the greens. Serve piping hot, or allow to cool to room temperature.


* Legal Disclosure: San Miguel Produce sent me a box of greens, but the opinions expressed in this post are mine.

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Sharon Stirling July 19, 2011 at 10:02 am

That bowl of rice looks so damn tasty!! I love the idea of making your own furikake. My husband doesn’t eat fish so that limits his furikake options. He does however, enjoy shiso furikake. You’ve inspired me to try to put together a homemade version.


Paula - bell'alimento July 19, 2011 at 11:02 am

Beautiful : ) As always! Can’t wait to try this out.


Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga July 19, 2011 at 12:08 pm

Your leafy rice looks sooo perfect, light, and beautiful :)


Yuri July 19, 2011 at 4:59 pm

Homemade furikake? LOVE IT :D


Rachael @ Tokyo Terrace July 19, 2011 at 5:45 pm

This looks so delicious! A great way to use greens and enjoy your rice, too. Lovely as usual, Rachael!


Ilke July 19, 2011 at 7:32 pm

I love how the greens wilted but still bright green! I love white rice with greens and other veggies. Makes it much less boring!
Was so nice to chat with you tonight, the lady from granola/nut coast! :)


Joy July 19, 2011 at 8:08 pm

I love the rice recipe. Bok choy is a staple at my house. Those looked great.


Katrina July 19, 2011 at 10:39 pm

This looks fantastic! Awesome recipe!


Nicole O. July 20, 2011 at 7:32 am

This looks amazing and is the perfect blend of health and comfort food! It looks relatively simple to make except for the pork. I don’t have a slow cooker, but I can make it in a water bath in the oven over 3-4 hours, if I can find leaves to steam it in!

I love that you went one step further and dried the dau miu to make furikake, it’s de-mystifying the realm of Japanese condiments and also gives us ideas of ways to use leftover greens! I’ve never heard of or seen dau miu, but it may be because I don’t go to the Asian store that often these days now that I live in the city and the stores are all in the ‘burbs.

I ordered the Peko Peko cookbook but have yet to look at it! This, coupled with Just Bento, look so exciting!!


SammiGene July 20, 2011 at 7:36 am

About how long do you think this and onigiris would last in the fridge? It looks yummy, but I just get paranoid sometimes about how long leftovers are okay. :D


Rashmi from Yumkid.com July 20, 2011 at 12:35 pm

This looks delicious. I have to make it for the kids.I love how you have used fresh leaves and made the furikake


scrapper al July 31, 2011 at 6:09 pm

I never thought of making my own furikake. What a great idea! Like a previous commenter, I prefer mine without fish or seaweed.


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