Sunday, October 5, 2008

Sushi Bowl with Tilapia (Hwe Dup Bap)

This sushi bowl is a very healthy dish composed of fresh vegetables and raw tilapia sashimi also known as "izumi dai" in Japanese. A substitute for tilapia would be red snapper, tuna, yellow tail, or other whitish or reddish colored fish, but probably not salmon. Also a little touch of flying fish roe known as "tobiko" adds extra freshness and vibrance to the dish. When I go to a Korean restaurant or a casual Korean restaurant, I often get this dish when I crave for something fresh. I think a dish similar to this is probably also available at Japanese restaurant but not with the sweet and spicy dressing to mix the bowl with. I don't know the origin of this dish. Apparently, both Koreans and Japanese eat raw fish and due to the fact that overall flavor of this dish is more Korean and how it resembles "bibimbap", I would say that this dish is 100% Korean. But yeah, there are many gray areas between Korean and Japanese food when it comes to certain types of food. Anyways, this dish is something you might want to try because it's yummy.

Ingredients: tilapia fillet, mixed garden vegetables, alfalfa sprouts, tobiko (flying fish roe), carrot, cucumber, dried nori strips, toasted sesame seeds

Spicy dressing ingredients: Korean red pepper paste (2 tablespoons), sesame seeds (1 teaspoon), apple juice (1 tablespoon), vinegar (1 teaspoon), soy sauce (1 teaspoon), sugar (2 teaspoons)
Refer to this direction on my other page but forget garlic, sesame oil, and red pepper powder mentioned on that page for our purpose. Sesame oil will be added separately later.

1. The easy step would be to prepare a bowl of rice first.

2. Then prepare vegetables. Peel and slice carrots, cucumbers, and wash the mixed green vegetables.

3. spread out the greens on top of the rice in the bowl.

4. Place sliced carrots, cucumbers, and alfalfa sprouts.

5. Cut the tilapia sashimi fillet and place them on your bowl.

6. Add a spoonful of tobiko.

7. Add a final touch of dried nori strips and toasted sesame seeds.

Add the spicy dressing. I add a lot of them. Also add a table spoon of sesame oil. It helps the flavor and mixing.

Totally destroy it! Enjoy.

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