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Crossing Cultures

Submitted by on May 3, 2010 – 4:31 am3 Comments

So there I was, cooking Cuban food and minding my own business, when I received an email from the lovely folks at Kikkoman. Yes, you know them best as the Japanese soy sauce people.

They were inviting me to try some of their products. Really? You know I’m a Cuban cook, right? (I was intrigued, but not convinced.)

Ponzu, which they explained was a classic Japanese condiment with a zesty lime flavor, could be used beautifully in some Latin dishes. Very interesting, I said, but I still wasn’t sure it was going to be a good fit.

In fact, they offered to send me some of this magical Latin-tasting-but-still-Japanese Ponzu for me to try for myself. I considered it, but with some reservations. Japanese sauce? Me?

Finally they said…

If you’re interested, we can provide everything you need to stage your very own ¡Kikko de Mayo Fiesta! including:

  • $25 AMEX for all of your ingredients!
  • Kikkoman Lime Ponzu – the star of the celebration
  • Assortment of Kikkoman’s special sauces and product

Me: Did you just say, “Kikko de Mayo?” I. LOVE. THAT. Count me in!

So they sent me a giant box full of Kikkoman goodies and I proceeded to make some fabulous carne asada marinaded in lime, garlic and my new best friend, Ponzu. =D

Lime and Ponzu Carne Asada

1 cup Kikkoman Lime Ponzu
1/4 cup lime juice (I squeezed 2 fresh limes)
4 garlic cloves, crushed
2 lbs. flank or skirt steak

1) In medium bowl, whisk ponzu, lime juice and garlic.
2) Pour over steak and marinate overnight.
3) Remove steak from marinade; pat dry.
4) Grill or broil to desired temperature.

I added sauteed onions & peppers.

And some flour tortillas that I heated straight over the burner on the stove. (The trick is to gingerly hold by the edges and keep flipping until the tortilla just barely starts to get toasty.)

And I served the whole amazing thing with some avocado and Spanish rice.

It was amazingly easy and delicious. You may now refer to me as the Queen of Ponzu (I think it has a nice ring to it) Thanks, Kikkoman!

I am sooo excited to be celebrating “Kikko de Mayo” now. (I still think that’s Genius.)

The Kikkoman people have generously offered to send out two “Kikko de Mayo Fiesta” gift packs which include all the same cool products they sent me, including a $25 AMEX gift card.

How cool is this??

If you’d like to be entered in the drawing, just go to my blog, My big, fat, Cuban family and leave a comment on the “I think I’m turning Japanese” post there.

Not only am I going to use this Magical Lime Ponzu on pretty much everything I cook now (because I can tend to get a little obsessive, and plus they sent me a boatload of it),  I am sooo going to try making croquetas with those beautiful Japanese breadcrumbs. ;-)

“I’m turning Japanese… I think I’m turning Japanese… I really think so…” -The Vapors

(cross-posted at MBFCF)

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