In a previous post I introduced Chrysanthemums leaves, shyungiku, an edible leaf that is commonly used in Asian cuisine. With a very high iron content, it’s a great vegetable to add to your diet. My qi gong teacher, Dr. Wang, explained how iron is good for many things, one of which is our eye-sight.
In Japanese cooking, chrysanthemum leaves have a very unique distinctive taste and are commonly used in hot pot dishes such as sukiyaki, shabu shabu and nabe. This recipe is actually a Chinese dish and it’s amazingly simple because it only uses four ingredients, yet bursts with flavor. I highly recommend this to vegetarians who can add new flavors to their menu.
Tofu and Chrysanthemum Recipe
• One bunch chrysanthemum leaves
• 1 block firm tofu
• 1 tablespoon sesame oil
• 1 tablespoon black sesame seeds, roasted and crushed
• 1 -2 teaspoon salt
(it depends on the size of your tofu and the amount of leaves you use, so adjust seasoning to your liking)
1. In a pot of boiling water blanch chrysanthemum leaves for a minute, strain and run cold water over the leaves to stop the cooking. Squeeze all excess water.
2. Chop green vegetable into small pieces
3. Chop the firm tofu into small pieces, similar to the size of the leaves
4. In a bowl, combine the tofu with the chopped chrysanthemum leaves, combine well.
5. Add the sesame oil, crushed sesame seeds and salt to taste.
6. Blend gently so you don’t smash the tofu.