Saki for two
Edamame sprinkled with Sea Salt
Spicy Tuna Tartare
Seared Tuna & Soba
Green Tea Ice Cream
Music: Putumayo’s Asian Lounge mixed with Hotel Costes
Spicy Tuna Tartare and Tuna Soba Photos:
Spicy Tuna Tartar
Potato Chip Garnish
- 1 medium size sweet potato or white potato
- Using a mandolin so you can get really thin slices, cut a few slices from the center of the potato to yield 4-6 nice size round slice.
- Heat olive oil in a cast iron skillet under high heat. When hot, turn to medium high and cook the potato slices until golden brown.
- Turn over and cook other side. When the potato has turned into a beautifully crispy potato chip, remove from the skillet and place on a cookie rack, letting it air dry on all sides.
- Place a napkin under the chips to catch the oil.
- 1/2 cup soy sauce
- 2-3 tablespoons of Yuzu
- pinch of red hot pepper flakes
- 1/2 teaspoon of sake
- Mix all ingredients together. Set aside
Spicy Tuna Tartare
- 1/2 lb of sushi grade Ahi tuna
- Thai chili sauce
- Small bit of soy based Japanese Mayonnaise
- Chop tuna, using the double cleaver method or a good chef’s knife.
- Cut tuna into 1/8 inch cubes. Do not cut into a paste, we are looking for little chunks.
- Add the Thai sauce and Japanese mayonnaise; mix well.
the dish: Take the dipping sauce and skim coat your serving dish. Place
a mound of tuna tartare in the center of the plate; add micro greens
(bean sprouts) as a garnish on the side, and top tuna with a
strategically placed potato chip.
Seared Tuna and Soba
key to this dish is in the timing. Measure and prepare all ingredients
and set before you “mis en place” to keep things moving along. There
are three parts to assemble–the Dashi broth, the soba noodles and the
Broth (Dashi, or Japanese Fish Broth)
- 1 cup of water
- 3 – 4 pieces of Dashi Kombu (kelp) used only for flavor and then removed
- 1/2 cup Bonito flakes
- 1 cup of sake
is a broth and a staple used in many Japanese dishes. To make the
broth, mix together the water, kombu and bonito flakes in a medium pot.
- Bring broth to a boil over medium heat and cook until the
volume is reduced in half; 10 – 15 minutes, remove from heat. Avoid
boiling with kelp, and don’t let the bonito flakes steep for too long
–both could result in bitterness.
- Strain the broth through a sieve to remove food parts, discard.
- Place liquid back in pot, while still warm, add sake. Keep broth warm over super low heat.
- Next prepare the noodles.
- 1 package of soba noodles
- I prefer wild yam or lotus root for the added flavor they impart
- Cook as directed, be sure not to over cook
Prepare the Tuna
- 1 lb sushi grade Ahi Tuna (I get mine at Wild Edibles)
- Chinese 5 Spice
- Chili Powder
- Salt and Pepper
- Micro-greens/sprouts for taste and garnish
a Rub by mixing together a pinch or two of Chinese 5 Spice, Chili
powder, black pepper, a very little bit of salt. Prepare enough to coat
the piece of fish on each side.
- Rub olive oil over entire tuna and coat all sides of the tuna with the rub.
- Place cast iron skillet over high heat–we will sear the tuna. Do not put anything in the skillet; just get it nice and hot.
down the heat to medium and place fish in skillet. Tuna and salmon have
built in thermometers in that you can see how the fish is prepared by
watching the white cooked fish rise from the heat up. We preferred
seared tuna for this dish, but you can cook this to your preference.
- Cook fish 2-4 minutes on all sides.
- When cooked to your liking, remove from skillet and place on cutting board.
- With a very sharp carving knife cut the fish across the grain in thin slices–the thinner the better.
- Plating the dish: This works best in a dish that has a little depth (see photo).
noodles in the center of the dish; go for the sculptural effect you
often find in restaurants by placing the noodles in the dish with some
- Ladle about 1/2 cup of the broth over the noodles.
The idea is not to completely cover the noodles in broth so measure the
broth based on the serving dish you are using.
- Place thinly sliced tuna over the noodles and garnish with micro greens (bean sprouts)
Pour two cups of sake and Bonsai!