Beef with Daikon is an easy Japanese radish recipe for a weeknight. Try making it ahead of time, so the daikon can soak up all the great flavors of the sauce!
Did you know that you can make all kinds of yummy Japanese foods with just a few staple ingredients in your pantry? Two of them you probably already have: sugar and soy sauce. The other four: mirin, cooking sake, miso, and granulated dashi can be found at any Asian grocery store. The combinations of these ingredients form the basic Japanese flavor base.
For this Beef and daikon dish, we will be using all but the miso. It’s a really simple dish to throw together on a weeknight and is actually best when made in advance, to give the daikon time to soak in the flavor.
In my household, things begin to fall apart around evening when the kids start getting hungry, are tired of playing with each other, and are wanting my attention. Trying to cook a nice meal with kids hanging off of you can be a challenge, so when there’s an option to make dinner during the more peaceful time of the day, say, an hour or so earlier, it’s definitely a win in my book!
The best part of this dish is the daikon. Have you ever had daikon before? It’s a white radish that soaks up the flavor of whatever you are cooking it in. It has an interesting/satisfying bite and is super delicious with this sauce.