The Ultimately Tasty Celery with Garlic Sauce

I personally think this is the most delicious way to eat celery on Earth. Yes, the best in the world!

Celery tastes good and is inexpensive, so I usually get one when I go grocery shopping. However, celery is usually a main dish outcast and I haven’t had a celery dish which made me surprised about how tasty celery is from the bottom of my heart.

So, I decided to cast Mr. Celery as the main role on the dining table stage. Supporting role will go to Miss. Garlic. Enjoy the joint performance of the two talented ingredients yourself!

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AuthorYukari ElliottCategoryDifficultyBeginner

Cook Time15 mins

 3 Celery Stalks
 1 small packet of Bonito Flakes
 2 cloves of Garlic (thinly sliced)
 3 tbsp Sesame Oil
 2 tbsp Soy Sauce
 1 tbsp White Wine Vinegar

1

Thinly slice the celery diagonally. Spread them on a large plate.

2

Sprinkle the bonito flakes, soy sauce, and vinegar evenly.

3

In a small pot, heat the sesame oil over low heat. Add the thinly sliced garlic and fry until they become golden. Don’t rush as the garlic releases its aroma during this process. Be careful not to burn them, as they become bitter tasting.

4

Once the garlic becomes golden, sprinkle the hot oil and the garlic evenly over the celery on the plate.

5

Mix until each celery slice is coated with the sauce.

Ingredients

 3 Celery Stalks
 1 small packet of Bonito Flakes
 2 cloves of Garlic (thinly sliced)
 3 tbsp Sesame Oil
 2 tbsp Soy Sauce
 1 tbsp White Wine Vinegar

Directions

1

Thinly slice the celery diagonally. Spread them on a large plate.

2

Sprinkle the bonito flakes, soy sauce, and vinegar evenly.

3

In a small pot, heat the sesame oil over low heat. Add the thinly sliced garlic and fry until they become golden. Don’t rush as the garlic releases its aroma during this process. Be careful not to burn them, as they become bitter tasting.

4

Once the garlic becomes golden, sprinkle the hot oil and the garlic evenly over the celery on the plate.

5

Mix until each celery slice is coated with the sauce.

The Ultimately Tasty Celery with Garlic Sauce

Key

  1. This celery dish can be eaten soon after cooked, however it’s best to eat after 2 hours as the celery absorbs all the flavour.
  2. Use toasted sesame seeds instead of Bonito Flakes for a vegetarian and vegan friendly dish.

Topic: Something Smells Like Celery…

Japanese scientist Kikue Kubota and her fellow researchers studied what the subtle, yet distinct smell of celery is. The subject came up because they wondered why celery makes every soup taste better, despite the fact that these soups don’t have the taste of celery. After extensive experiments, they published a study entitled ‘Potent odorants characterize the aroma quality of leaves and stalks in raw and boiled celery’. The study explains that a compound called phthalides is what gives celery its unique smell, and guarantees an improved flavour. Oddly enough, the compound itself smells like celery, but doesn’t have a taste at all.

What’s more, a recent study showed phthalides can relax the muscles around our arteries, therefore, together with the diuretic effect of celery, it can lower blood pressure. Another compound behind the smell of celery called Apiin is said to have a calming effect.

Celery is full of antioxidants and eating celery has so many health benefits: lowering cholesterol, fatigue recovery, fighting cancer, and lots more. What are you waiting for? Let’s cook this recipe and eat lots of celery!

References:

https://www.sciencenewsforstudents.org/article/essence-celery

http://www.wakasanohimitsu.jp/seibun/celery/ (Japanese)

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