This is a very healthy and refreshing small dish which goes well with sake or any drink. Recently, Dave Perry recommended two Izakaya cookbooks to me called “Otsumami Yokocho” おつまみ横町. There are two volumes. Both are called “drinking snack alley”. The second is distinguished from the first by the additional phrase in the title of “Mou ikken” もう一軒 meaning “one more place”. This is an appropriate name for the second volume because this phrase is a classic nagging request made by drinking enthusiasts (read; drunkards) who have finished their first rounds but don’t want the bar hopping to end…”just one more place”. In any case, I got these books from Amazon Japan (The shipping was more than the cost of the books). These two volumes each contain recipes for 185 small dishes which go well with drinks. Many of the dishes are rather simple (or easy to make) and some are not really new or original but the two volumes still contain a good number of dishes that I would like to try (and post) – thank you Dave, I can continue my blog a bit longer. This is the first such dish (page 12 of the second volume).
I removed both ends of the snap peas and blanched them in salted boiling water for several minutes, until cooked but still crunchy. I drained and put in ice water to stop cooking. I drained again and patted dry with a paper towel.