Tako Su – Octopus Salad

Tako su or TAKO no SUNOMONO is an appetizer served in just about any Japanese restaurant. Tako su is a cold plate of sliced, cooked octopus garnished with sticks of pale green cucumber, bathed in ponzu sauce and topped with sesame seeds, sliced scallion, and a drizzle of wasabi mayonnaise; the sauce has an engagingly smoky, citrus taste that complements the octopus. Recently I bought a ready-cooked sliced cold octopus and decided to make tako su with it. All I have to do is to mix with some ponzu sauce but I still mix with some sesame oil to enhance the flavor.

Ingredients:

1 small tube octopus or ½ lb sliced pre-cooked octopus (usually it comes in pre-cooked version) thawed and washed

2-3 tbsp ponzu sauce (you can get ponzu sauce in the Asian section in any local market or Asian market)

1 tbsp sesame oil *optional*

1 tbsp roasted sesame seed

½ lemon – squeeze the juice

2 tbsp cut scallion

1 tbsp wasabi *optional*

Method:

1: Place sliced octopus in a small bowl. Drizzle with ponzu sauce, lemon juice, sesame seed. Then sprinkle some roasted sesame seeds and cut scallion on the top. Serve cold as an appetizer.

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