Lately, I've noticed that being in quarantine seems to be making everyone a little bit more creative in the kitchen, which is great! Perhaps out of necessity because we only have certain ingredients at home, or maybe because we're tired of eating the same things over and over. Either way, I am amazed and inspired by so many people posting their creations online.
Being in quarantine also means craving food that we don't regularly make at home, like fried chicken or like sushi and sashimi, which we normally eat out. But not having had sushi for a while and then going into quarantine, made us crave it big time. After all, we don't know when we will be able to go back to our favorite Japanese sushi restaurants! So while we were picking up groceries and essentials at Costco, we got a pack of farm raised Atlantic salmon for our poke bowl dinner.
And this is what I came up with. Drool worthy goodness. A salmon party in your mouth!
Now why Costco, you might ask? Is it safe? Is it sushi grade? Well the answer is that there will always be risk when eating raw fish, no matter where you buy it from. But of course, if you have access to sushi grade salmon, then go for it!
I and many other friends and family have regularly bought farm raised salmon from Costco for raw consumption and have never had any issues. We also eat it within the first two days of buying it, and any leftovers are cooked in other recipes or portioned out for the freezer to be cooked another time. If you are thinking of going to Costco for sushi night, I recommend this article from Sushi Modern as a guide for what to buy.
So after buying some farm raised Atlantic salmon from Costco, I set to work creating a hybrid dish that combines our favorite flavors from Hawaii and Japan. When we were in Hawaii, we got poke almost every other day! At restaurants, from ABC stores (they're like the equivalent of 7 Elevens but better!), and food trucks, everywhere! The fish was always fresh and the different versions were fun to explore. Our favorites were the oyster sauce pokes and the spicy salmon pokes! Our version in this recipe is a mix of sweet from the honey, saltiness from the soy and oyster sauce, heat from the spicy mayo and tang from the fresh lime juice melding perfectly together, sitting on top of a bed of seasoned sushi rice.
On top of our poke bowl we included strips of salmon seared with a blow torch. This was something we were inspired from watching sushi chefs lightly sear salmon nigiri before serving. The first time I remembered having it served this way was Kura Revolving Sushi Bar, a conveyor belt sushi place in Los Angeles's Little Tokyo. While conveyor sushi places tend to have a rep for having low quality fish or questionable freshness, Kura blew us away with their surprisingly sophisticated, creative and fresh offerings, with a la carte options delivered to you directly on a "bullet train" belt. When we first tried the seared salmon with mayo nigiri, it immediately became a favorite and if we didn't see it going past us on the belt, we would get direct orders to come to our table via bullet train. Somehow, searing it just makes the salmon feel extra soft and buttery, especially if you have a nice fatty cut of salmon! Adding the mayo on top just made it that much more creamy. So, with this in mind, we decided to torch sear our poke bowl salmon slices as well. Plus, the hubby loves to use the blowtorch any chance he gets. (He has claimed the blow torch and the grill his domain, lol.)
The sauce goes well with the rice and the salmon is just so, so good. Sprinkle some furikake and drizzle some Japanese kewpie mayo as a finishing touch and it is perfect! We hope you enjoy it!
• 3 cups uncooked Japanese sushi rice
• 1/2 cup Sushi rice vinegar
• 2 tbsp sugar
• 2 tsp salt
Spicy Salmon Poke:
• fresh sushi grade salmon (we usually use Costco farm raised salmon and have never had issues with it) cubed to bite sized pieces
• 1 tbsp oyster sauce
• 1 tbsp lite soy sauce
• 1/2 juice squeezed from lime or lemon
• 1 tbsp honey
• 1.5 tbsp Japanese kewpie mayo
• .5 tbsp Sriracha chili sauce (I usually add more to mine because I like spicy, but just gradually add to your preference)
• 1 tsp sesame oil
• 2 tbsp scallions
• 1/4 chopped red onion
• 1/2 avocado, cubed
• Salt and pepper to taste
• Seaweed furikake rice seasoning
• Salmon strips thinly sliced to top the bowl
• La-Yu chili oil to taste
1. Cube avocado and chop red onion. Cube the salmon and reserve slices of salmon to use for searing later. Mix the cubed salmon, cubed avocado and chopped red onion with all the salmon poke sauce and seasonings and chill in the fridge until ready to use.
2. Cook your sushi rice according to manufacturer instructions. Usually about 40-45 min in the rice cooker, about 20 minute on stove top.
3. When rice is ready, take it out and add sushi vinegar, salt and sugar. Mix well and let cool to room temp.
3. Fill your bowl with rice, add your salmon poke and top with salmon strips. Use a blow torch to sear the top. Shake some furikake seasoning on top of the salmon strips, some La-Yu chili oil (optional), then add some kewpie mayo for extra creaminess. Enjoy!
Growing up this was a dish we would have for special occasions. Like a Thanksgiving get together or Christmas Eve with the family. There was always something exotic about lobster and oh, longevity noodles.. how it absorbs that lobster flavor right up. It's like a match made in heaven, because garlic with seafood is just perfect. We sometimes add cheese to it, because it just adds a slight creaminess and saltiness to the dish.
This recipe is great if you can steam live lobster at home yourself. If you can steam it at home, you can use the fresh lobster juices from steaming to cook into your dish. When you are de-shelling the lobster yourself, you can ensure you're getting all the meat out, and you'll also have access to the delicious tomalley from the lobster head.
Honestly, we had no idea what this part of the lobster was called, we always thought it was eggs or lobster brains, but it didn't matter because it was so good. For the sake of research, we decided to look it up and found out that it's actually called the "tomalley" of the lobster, which is a mix of liver and pancreas and is definitely edible and enjoyed by lots of people worldwide. Yay, we're not weird! The green stuffs found in the head area are the unfertilized eggs of the lobster, which turns orangey-red after it is cooked. So delicious. Just typing this up is making me drool a little.
• Chopped Garlic
• Lobster meat (steamed and deshelled)
• Lobster Tomalley & Roe (from the steamed lobster)
• Lobster Stock (if you steam the lobster at home, the steamed lobster will have its own natural juices pooled at the bottom of the plate or bowl you steam it in. It's like pure lobster essence, so use that when cooking the dish)
• Longevity noodles
• 2 tablespoons olive oil
• Salt and pepper to taste
• Slices of Cheddar Cheese (optional)
1. Boil the longevity noodles according to the package instructions. Once the noodles are done, remove from hot water into a collander, and run under cold water. Set aside. De-shell the lobster and remove the tomalley. Chop up the lobster meat into bite sized pieces, set aside.
2. Cook the garlic in a pan with olive oil.
3. When the garlic is fragrant, add the tomalley and roe from the steamed lobster and stir.
4. Add the lobster meat as well as the lobster stock (can also be shrimp stock, seafood stock, or any stock you prefer. A seafood based stock would be the best) and mix.
5. Add the longevity noodles, salt, pepper, and cheese (cheese optional). Stir until cheese melts.
6. Garnish with cilantro or parsley, and serve!
You can really add whatever cheese you prefer or have on hand, it provides a little saltiness and nuttiness to the noodles, as well as a smooth creaminess. The noodles pack in all the lobster flavor and is so, so good. Whenever lobster goes on sale, we always debate over all the options for cooking it—as is in butter, in a salad for lobster rolls, in a noodle like this, in a creamy pasta, or even in our favorite Cantonese Lobster Salad. As you can see, we're lobster lovers! Hope you enjoy!
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