Daikon (Radish) with Meatballs

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When I was traveling in Asia this past summer, I missed home cooked meals. One dish in every Chinese home is a combination of braised beef with daikon (Chinese radish). But it takes hours to make it with brisket, shank or tendons. Use meatballs instead, and you’ll be enjoying home cooked taste in no time!

Ingredients
5-6 meatballs, fresh or frozen (beef or turkey work well; about 1½ inch in diameter)
6-8 large chunks of peeled and cut daikon (Chinese radish), or optionally carrots or potatoes with one small turnip (about 1-2 inch in diameter) cut in half
1 tsp olive oil (or other cooking oil)
1 clove garlic, minced
½ tsp grated fresh ginger
½ cup water
1 tsp chu hou paste (also known as chee hou or che hau sauce; in Asian grocery sections)
½ tbsp hoisin sauce
½ tbsp oyster sauce
½ tbsp rice wine (such as Shaoxing wine)
1 tsp soy sauce
½ tsp dark soy sauce
1 tsp rock sugar
½ star anise
Optional: chili pepper(s) or pepper flakes to taste

Mi Aroma Digital Rice Cooker (serves 1-2)
10-15 min prep time and about 25 min cook time.

Directions
Add olive oil to inner pot of Mi Aroma Rice Cooker. Cover securely and select “white rice” setting. Set a timer for 4 minutes. After time has passed, carefully open the cover (be careful of hot steam) and add garlic and ginger. Stir briefly in hot oil and then securely replace cover and set timer for 5 minutes. Combine water, chu hou paste, hoisin sauce, oyster sauce, rice wine, soy sauce, dark soy sauce, and rock sugar.

When time has passed, carefully open the cover. The rice cooker should still be in “white rice” mode, and the garlic and ginger should be sizzling a little bit in the hot oil. Stir briefly and then add combination of water and other ingredients. Add meatballs, daikon, and star anise (and any chili peppers or pepper flakes). Cover securely and again set timer for an additional 15 minutes.

When time has passed, carefully open the cover. Check meatballs and daikon for tenderness. If not tender enough, replace cover for an additional 5 minutes. Turn off rice cooker and serve.

Over To You
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