Not another spicy tuna sushi ‘roll’…

Waiting for the oil to get hot…
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Spicy Tuna mixture, I think I’ve shared this recipe before but I take ground toro (you can use lean tuna), kewpie mayo, sriracha sauce and diced scallions. I mixed these ingredients and shaped them into balls, then I dipped them into some panko breadcrumbs.
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I thought maybe instead of spicy tuna rolls, fried spicy tuna would be delicious, but fried for a very short period of time so the interior is almost rare.

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Garnish = strips of SHISO leaf.
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The sauce that it is sitting on is derived from a Bonito soup base..bonito comes from dried fish shavings…

This *looks* like a piece of wood right? It’s not, its the flesh of a dried fish.
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Bonito Shaver
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This is the end result, you get these dried fish shavings which create delicious broths, using dried fish or dried seafood for soup bases is very common in asia.
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Bonito broth, soy sauce, and mirin (japanese cooking wine) were mixed together for the liquid component. Steep the bonito shavings in hot water to get the flavor.
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The tuna is medium rare, but its hard to see because I used a very fatty toro which is pink in its raw state, not red..
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Next up? Spicy tuna patties for mini BURGERS now sitting on a mound of japanese breadcrumbs. The patty is the same exact mixture I used for the dish above.
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Patties have been panfried, here is how I like to stack it. Shiso leaf, avocado, pickled ginger, pickled radish, cucumber, salmon eggs, and scallion.

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Instead of fries, I sliced some lotus root (japanese vegetable) and decided to fry these instead..they are really delicious! High in fiber.
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Again, trying to not fry these too much so that you don’t overcook the inside, its good to freeze them for 10 minutes ahead of time so that when you fry it the least amount of heat penetrates the meat.
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It doesn’t really have to stop there. You can also make a falafel version of these spicy tuna rolls….Take the same patties and turn them into little balls.
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I made some fresh yogurt sauce for these ‘falafels’ with the ingredients below.
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Easy easy easy, you can get these mini pitas from whole foods or anywhere…but I added shiso leaf (you can substitute lettuce), red onion, and the yogurt sauce  to stuff these.
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The end! Three different ways to do spicy tuna rolls differently, Japanese style, American style, and Greek style.