Murakami’s Daikon Stir Fry: Detox Recipe 16 of 21

May 16, 2011

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I first heard of daikon when I saw Haruki Murakami speak at MIT. Have you read any Murakami? Crazy stuff. Anyway, he talked about carrying a daikon home from the market and how it was so big it stuck out the top of the bag. Random, I know.

The next time I heard of daikon was in a macrobiotic cookbook. Macrobiotics is just one of the dietary theories that I studied at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, and while I don’t subscribe to it 100%, they sure have some cool ideas. As for daikon, it’s known to aid digestion and help clean the body and is used quite a bit with macrobiotics. Really, it’s just a type of radish. So don’t be afraid!

Maybe Murakami was making something like this dish the night he carried home his daikon?

(By the way, find daikon at Whole Foods in the produce section.)

Murakami’s Daikon Stir Fry
1 tablespoon oil (I’d use sesame)
1 leek, chopped
3 cloves of garlic, chopped
About 1 cup chopped organic tofu or beans of choice
1/2 daikon radish, thinly sliced
2 stalks of celery, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
About 2 cups of thinly sliced dark leafy greens (collards, swiss chard, etc.)
Tamari, to taste
1 cup cooked brown rice
optional: garnish with sesame seeds or a drizzle of toasted sesame oil

Saute leeks and garlic in oil for a few minutes. Add tofu and beans and saute. Add daikon, carrots and celery. Cook until softened. Add greens, cook until bright green but not mushy. Add tamari. Serve over rice.

This recipe is from Betsy at

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