Sunday, September 26, 2010


Recently we had dinner at Pietro, it had been some time since we had been there.

When we lived in Hawaii, we'd always go to Pietro. I asked Satoshi if he'd ever been to Pietro when it was located next to McKinley Car Wash or the one on Kapahulu, guess it was before he lived in Hawaii for him to remember.

Among some other dishes, we ordered the seasonal salad (pictured above). This came with warm veggies and cool lettuce and a very delicious ginger dressing.

I thought the dressing tasted like the sauce I use for pork ginger, so I tried it on some veggies for our dinner the other night.

It came out pretty good, though I think the Pietro version was a little sweeter.

If you'd like to try it for yourself please do...

nub of ginger (about an inch or so), grated
1.5 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons sake (rice wine)
2 tablespoons shoyu (soy sauce)

Put some oil into a heated frying pan and make sure to coat your veggies well with the oil, giving the veggies a nice sear.

After the veggies have a nice sear and are nearly cooked, add a couple of tablespoons of the sauce, let caramelize.

For the two of us, I used 1 eggplant, 1 eringi, 1/2 a carrot & 1/2 a red bell pepper.

We liked this and I'll definitely be making this again for our veggies during the cold months. The ginger in the dressing will also help us warm up.

p.s. the next night when I made this again, I sprinkled some green onions on top of the veggies, delicious!


Jude said...

Ooh, we make a dressing like this a lot, often without the sake though (hard to find here :)). This looks very yum!

Dennis K. said...

Mmm, sounds great, I think I'll add fresh whole shiitake to mine! :)

Rowena said...

Good for you on getting in your daily intake of vegs. Me, I'm still stuck on tomatoes. Too bad they aren't good to give to dogs...the two of them don't mind helping eat the surplus peaches.

K and S said...

I wonder if you could sub vodka or white wine Jude? not exactly made of rice but similar I would think.

Ooh fresh shiitake sounds good Dennis :)

Do you have a dehydrator Rowena? maybe you could dry some?

Take care everyone.

Rowena said...

No dehydrator...only oven. The peaches are gone! Between us and the dogs, we finished them all.

K and S said...

Rowena, I guess there is only so much marinara you can make yeah??

Take care.

Deb in Hawaii said...

That ginger dressing sounds really good! ;-)

K and S said...

Thanks Debinhawaii, I'll definitely be making this more during the winter here :)

Take care.

K said...

Do you know if Pietro is like "the" Pietro dressing that's sold in Asian markets? I buy the Miso ginger (I think?) with the cartoon chef on the bottle, with a rounded cap? I love their dressings!

K and S said...

Yes K, it is the same one :)

Take care.