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Spicy Daikon with Ground Pork

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We had lots of daikon this winter. I usually serve it as a Japanese dish but sometimes you got to mix it up. This is a very spicy dish that is sure to warm you up.

Ingredients (serves 4)

* 2 large daikon                                       * 5-6 Tbspns kimchee sauce

*ground pork or sausage ,1/4 lb          * 1-2 inches ginger, minced

* 3-4 Tbspns water                                 * 4-5 cloves of garlic, minced

* olive oil                                                  * a pinch of salt ( if your meat is not flavored                                                             you may need to add more, adjust accordingly)

* 1 Tbspn maple syrup                         *a bunch of swiss chard, chopped

Preparation

1. Peel the daikon and cut in half length wise. Take one of the halves and cut in half again. (You basically quarter the daikon) Now cut them so you have 1 inch sized bite-size pieces) Do the same with the rest of the daikon.

2. Throw the daikon in a pot and fill with water enough to cover them. Bring to a boil and then turn down the heat to medium and simmer 20 minutes til tender.

3. Strain and set aside.

4. Mince the garlic and ginger and saute this in a frying pan on low heat. Add the ground pork or sausage and cook through.

5. Add water and the chopped swiss chard and a pinch of salt. Cover and steam for 1-2 minutes.

6. Uncover and add the kimchee sauce and maple syrup and daikon. Stir well and cook for another 10 minutes. Add salt if necessary.

Serve with rice and salad on a cold day. Should fire you up!

*Tips

If you’re not into spicy, kimchee sauce can be substituted with tomato sauce. You probably don’t need to add maple syrup then.

I often us mirin, a Japanese sweet cooking wine, in place of sugar. Maple syrup works too and gives you some minerals. Maple syrup is not just for pancakes!

Daikon is great with fatty foods like pork, beef and some kinds of fish as it helps to move the fat and aids digestion.

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