Good morning. I love Kay Chun’s sesame salmon bowls recipe (above), inspired by the sushi dish known as chirashi, which comes from the Japanese word for “scattered.” It’s fast and flavorful. You make a version of sushi rice, boil the grains in water and vinegar, steam the salmon on top, and serve it with a soy sesame dressing and one of my favorite supermarket ingredient shortcuts: pre-sliced coleslaw in a bag.
But yellowfin tuna and little bluefin tuna have been pouring around in my home waters lately, and some snipers I know have caught them on topwater plugs at dawn and then dropped packs of belly and loin all around. I’m not cooking anything inspired by chirashi this week. I make real chirashi, non-prescription style recipe.
It’s a simple dish of sushi rice topped with raw sliced tuna, Kay’s coleslaw and dressing, and maybe some wasabi mixed with soy sauce. The pit of the wasabi cuts through the fatty tuna well. Accompanied by the rice – one part sushi rice cooked with one and a quarter part water, with a few tablespoons of rice vinegar sweetened with sugar at the end – it’s a summer meal to remind us of the greatness of the ocean and its abundance, a source for everyone to protect. (If tuna isn’t available to you, try it with salmon, usually marked “sushi-grade” at the fishmonger.)
I could brave the oven for roasted chicken thighs with garlicky cucumber yogurt. Or for bulgogi-esque tofu. Egg curry on the stovetop? Anyway, I drink a lot of hibiscus punch, which I find a little less sweet than the recipe calls for, mixed with seltzer over ice.
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Finally, the indispensable Sasha Frere-Jones pointed me to a playlist Teju Cole recently uploaded to Spotify: ‘Steady On’, mostly Jamaican music and this week’s soundtrack in the kitchen. Enjoy, and I’ll be back Friday.