Okra doesn't seem to be a popular vegetable in Australia, but I've always seen tins of the stuff down at my local mediterranean-influenced markets and have wanted to try cooking with it. Gib was also curious to try it after playing World of Warcraft and saw dropping of monsters in Westfall. So while browsing a local Indian grocery store, we decided to buy a bag of it and see how it goes. I've heard people say that okra has an unpleasant texture, as it tends to be quite gummy, but this did not offend me in the least. I adapted the recipe followning from here. We also roasted up a couple of leeks and served them with the wasabi-lemon sauce (the sauce was very tasty, I'll keep that in mind for the future) but it wasn't nearly as good as the okra dish:
1/3 cup yellow miso paste
1 1/2 tsp kewpie mayonnaise
1 tablespoon soy sauce
6 tablespoons sesame seeds
2 bunches of asparagus
200 g okra
Mix miso paste, mayonnaise and soy sauce until combined. Set aside.
Toast sesame seeds in a dry pan for ~1 minute until golden brown. Peel daikon and carrot and cut into 1" chunks. Snap off hard bottoms of the asparagus and cut pieces in half. Wash okra and allow to drain.
In a steamer, cook daikon and carrot for approximately 10 minutes or until just tender (do not overcook!), and place in a large mixing bowl. Steam asparagus and okra together about 5 minutes, or until just tender and the vegetables are still a vivid green. Add okra and asparagus to carrot and daikon. Add the miso mixture to the hot vegetables, and mix thoroughly so that the sap from the okra binds with the miso. Sprinkle the toasted sesame seeds on top.
Serve with rice. Serves 4.