The amazing thing about pea shoots is how faithfully they mimic the flavor of peas.Luckily sauteing a few handfuls, as in this recipe from the new Japanese restaurant Niko, only enhances their sweet springlike flavor, which is good news when locally grown peas have yet to make an appearance at the market.
1 pound fresh pea shoots
1 tbs. grapeseed oil
Salt to taste
2 tbs. bonito flakes, ground in a spice grinder
1 tbs. nori, ground
1 tsp. usukuchi soy sauce
(1) Wash and dry pea shoots in a salad spinner or by patting with towels. Heat oil in a large sauté pan over high heat. (2)
Add the pea shoots, season with salt, stir, and toss until wilted and
slightly seared (no more than 1 minute). Remove pan from heat, and (3) add bonito flakes and nori. Drizzle with soy sauce, and mix.