Vegetable Stir-Fry (Yasai Itame)
Yasai itame is Japanese for vegetable stir fry. It's a relatively healthy dish that's simple and quick to prepare. Yasai itame is usually made with thinly sliced pork but since my husband loves spicy sausages, I made this one using small Berkshire links. There's very little cooking and seasoning involved other than chopping, stir frying the veggies and adding a little soy, and black pepper. This easy recipe pairs really well with a hot bowl of freshly cooked Japanese rice.
Cook time: 10 minutes
Yield: 4-6 servings
- 1 medium size carrot, cut into thin strips
- 1/2 small cabbage, chopped bite size
- 1/2 green bell pepper, cut into thin strips
- 1/2 red bell pepper, cut into thin strips
- about 2 cups, sprouts
- 2 Berkshire sausages (optional. The traditional recipe is usually made with pork), thinly sliced
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil (or other neutral oil)
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- Ajinomoto (optional)
- salt and pepper to taste
- In a large pan over high heat, add the sausages and cook for 2 minutes. Add cabbage, carrots and both green and red bell peppers. Cook for about 5 minutes, until cabbage has soften and charred just a little bit. Add sprouts and cook for a minute.
- Add soy, a sprinkle of Ajinomoto and cook for another minute.
- Season with salt and pepper, and serve.