You Can Make Sake Daikon like Giyu Tomioka! - Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Recipe

Fans of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba will know that one of the characters, Giyu Tomioka, is usually very serious. His expression tends to be stoic, hardly ever showing emotion at all - and least of all, a smile. But there is one thing that can crack his stone-cold expression, and it’s none other than a food! Giyu really likes to eat sake daikon (simmered salmon and daikon), a traditional Japanese dish. He likes it so much that seeing a plate of it even brings a smile to his face (which both impresses and disgusts his fellow Demon Slayer Shinobu).

If you haven’t heard of sake daikon before, you’re not alone. It's not a very common food, even in Japan. But that’s all the more reason to check it out and try to make it yourself! And we are going to tell you how.

What is Sake Daikon?

Okay, let’s back up a moment. Before we can talk about what sake daikon is, let’s look at the words “sake” and “daikon” first. If you don’t know these Japanese words, that’s okay! “Sake” is just the Japanese word for salmon (it sounds the same as the alcoholic beverage but the kanji is different). “Daikon” is a kind of Japanese radish, sometimes called a “winter radish” in English. It's the huge, white radish that you’ve likely seen before in anime as daikon are a staple in Japanese cooking year round.

So now let’s look at sake daikon! Sake daikon is a savoury dish made with simmered salmon and radishes. Its especially good in the winter because its a bit soupy, but it can be enjoyed any time. It's interesting to note that salmon is actually not the most common fish to use in this kind of dish, it's actually yellowtail (called buri daikon). Sake daikon is a lot more rare, which makes it unique indeed that Giyu likes it so much! Maybe that’s why Shinobu is so surprised that sake daikon of all things is what finally breaks through Giyu’s tough exterior…

Sake Daikon Recipe

(Makes: 2-3 servings )

What you need:

salmon fillets

6 inches

1 sheet
kombu seaweed (kelp)

3 1/2 cups

3 tbsp
sake (Japanese rice wine)

3 tbsp

4 tbsp
soy sauce

1 piece
ginger (about thumb-sized)

How to Cook It:

  1. 1

    First, peel the daikon and cut it into rounds, about half an inch thick each. Simmer these pieces on medium heat in a large pot for about twenty minutes.
  2. 2

    While the daikon is cooking, you can prepare the salmon. Cut the fillets into bite-sized pieces and cook them for one minute in hot (not boiling) water, then transfer them immediately to ice water and pat them dry.

  3. 3

    After the daikon has finished cooking, drain it from the water and allow the pieces to dry and cool on a paper towel.
  4. 4

    Once the daikon is cool enough to handle, put it back into the pot and add the water and kombu seaweed. Then add the sake and sugar and slowly bring the water to a boil. Remove the kombu - its job is done! Let everything else simmer for another 20 minutes.

  5. 5

    After 20 minutes, add the salmon and soy sauce and simmer for 15 more minutes. While it’s cooking, peel and slice your ginger and then add it to the pot last and simmer five more minutes.

  6. 6

    When the simmering is done, allow the contents to all cool down, which will really enhance the flavours! When you’re ready to eat, heat everything up slowly and serve in bowls.


Final Thought

There you have it - sake daikon! It takes a long time to cook everything (about an hour altogether) but is a very hands-off dish for the most part. So while you’re cooking it, why not curl up with your Demon Slayer manga or a couple of favourite episodes to keep you distracted while you wait? That will help you get into the right mindset for enjoying the one thing that can make Giyu Tomioka smile - and hopefully, the rich flavours of sake daikon will make you smile, too.

Have you ever had sake daikon before? Are you going to try to make it now? If you have tried out our recipe, how did it turn out? Are there any other foods your favourite characters love that you would like to try? Drop us a comment below!

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Author: Jet Nebula

Living the dream in Tokyo, where you can find me working at a theme café catered towards women. When I’m not writing for Honey’s, I’m working on original dystopian science fiction or blogging about Tokyo’s trendy coffee scene. I spend my free time in Harajuku and Shibuya wearing alternative Japanese street fashion. I love video games, J-rock, tattoos, and Star Wars.

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