Contributed by Naoko’s Kitchen
Shio Koji is a common seasoning in Japanese cooking. Although it’s gaining its popularity in the United States, it might not be as ubiquitous as other famous condiments such as soy sauce and miso. However, it’s an all-purpose seasoning loved by many Japanese people. Shio koji not only adds subtle salty taste to meats and fish, it also tenderizes the ingredients. Try using shio koji with this easy-to-follow recipe. The dish may look difficult to make, but with a bit of trick, you can easily make this recipe at home.
Tips for Cooking and Plating
#1 Wrapping chicken in both plastic wrap and aluminum foil
By keeping plastic wrap inside of aluminum foil, you can make sure the heat travels through to the core. Also, it helps to retain heat in the middle of the food.
#2 Peeling asparagus makes a big difference
Asparagus is a great garnishment to add bright green color to any plate. But by peeling it instead of just placing it as is, asparagus will turn into a beautiful garnishment.
#3 Edible flowers are easy way to add color
When you need a bit of color to your plate, edible flowers are great way to do just that.
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Shio Koji Marinated Chicken Roll (Tori Ham)
Recipe by Naoko's Kitchen
- 1 Chicken Breast Fillet
- 1 Tbsp Shio Koji
- 2 stalks Asparagus
- 1 pinch Sea Salt
Japanese Curry Hummus
- 3 Tbsp Hummus
- 1 pinch Sea Salt
- 1 Tbsp Turmeric Powder
- 2 tsp Soy Sauce
- ½ stalk Asparagus, boiled
- 1 tsp Scallions, chopped
- 1 tsp Ikura (Salmon Roe)
- Edible Flowers, optional
Butterfly chicken breast
- Place the chicken fillet on a chopping board and slice it into flattened butterfly shape (please make sure not to cut through the chicken completely).
- Apply sea salt over the chicken and marinate it with the shio koji in a plastic bag. Rest it in a fridge over night or at least for 1 hour.
Make the roll
- Place the plastic wrap and put the marinated chicken on top. Put asparagus in the middle of the chicken and start rolling from the bottom.
- Wrap the chicken roll really tight in the plastic wrap and twist the both sides firmly to make a log shape.
- Wrap the roll in aluminum foil.
Boil the chicken roll
- Plunge the chicken roll into boiling water and boil for 5 minutes.
- Let the chicken be in a hot water and set it aside until the chicken cools down, approximately for 2 hours.
Meanwhile prepare hummus
- In a small bowl, mix all the ingredients and set it aside.
Plate the food and serve
- Slice the chicken roll into about 1-inch thick.
- Place curry hummus in the middle of the plate and make a shape of cylindrical column, about 1 inch tall. Make sure the diameter is slightly bigger than the chicken roll.
- Carefully place the chicken on top of the hummus.
- Sprinkle scallions and ikura in the remaining area of the hummus.
- Gently peel asparagus, roll up to make garnishment.
- You can keep the chicken roll in a freezer for 2 weeks.