'The Japanese Grill' on Serious Eats
These Bonito Flakes-Black Sesame Yaki Onigiri from The Japanese Grill by Harris Salat and Tadashi Ono were my first encounter with yaki onigiri, and I have to say, they were a smash hit. The onigiri begins with warm rice gently mixed with finely chopped bonito flakes and toasted black sesame seeds. The bonito melts into the rice, flavoring it with a very appealing fishy saltiness.
This Skirt Steak with Red Miso adapted from The Japanese Grill by Harris Salat and Tadashi Ono brings together a whole host of savory ingredients (garlic, miso, and tobanjan, a chili soy bean paste) for an over the top marinade that could work with nearly any cut of meat. Salat and Ono have opted for skirt steak, a thin but super beefy cut that cooks quickly and marinates like a dream. This particular steak reaches medium-rare in just about 3 minutes per side, while the flames of the grill caramelize the miso marinade, giving the steak a crunchy, charred crust.
By marinating plenty of fatty short ribs in a mix of karashi mustard, a sinus-clearing paste of nearly wasabi-like spiciness as well as soy, sugar, and a touch of unexpected but perfect balsamic, these ribs have a chance to tenderize slightly and absorb a punchy hit of mustard. Once marinated (do yourself a favor and let them sit for at least a few hours), these short ribs can be treated exactly like steak. Just slap 'em on the grill, brush with the marinade a couple of times, and cook them to your desired level of doneness.
When corn season rolls around, I like to think the fans fall into two factions: the butter and salt purists, and those who see corn as a blank canvas. Personally, I fall into the later category, preferring a crema and queso slathered elote or a dressed-up corn and tomato salad to simply grilled or boiled cob. Corn Brushed with Soy Sauce and Mirin from The Japanese Grill by Harris Salat and Tadashi Ono is the best of both worlds, the simplicity of grilled corn combined with a handful of subtle but intriguing tastes.
These wings are marinated in soy, sesame oil, and shichimi togarashi, a Japanese seven spice blend that gets its flavor from Sichuan pepper, chili, roasted orange peel, and sesame seeds. It's a heady, aromatic blend of flavors that seeps deep into the wings and chars up beautifully when grilled. Unlike other wing preparations these guys are basted during the grilling process adding even more salty spiced goodness.