A sprinkling of Shichimi Togarashi
Yuzu Vinaigrette (recipe below)
To crisp the shallots: Thinly slice (3 large) shallots. Pour 1/4 inch of [olive or grapeseed] oil in a high-sided, medium skillet. Heat over moderately high heat until hot, but not smoking. Fry the shallots, stirring occasionally, until the shallots are golden brown and crispy. With a slotted spoon, transfer to paper towels to drain. Sprinkle with salt.
To assemble the sushi bowl: Distribute cooked quinoa or rice amongst bowls. Top with assorted toppings and drizzle with vinaigrette.
Of course, add or subtract whatever you like…perhaps, chives, cilantro, edamame, thinly sliced cucumber, other seasonal veggies (like asparagus, spinach, or even fresh fava beans when they’re around), salmon, scallops, shrimp, etc.
All drizzled with a lovely vinaigrette. The dressing is a yuzu vinaigrette made with yuzu kosho. Have made this dressing for several dinner parties and it’s always a big hit, light and refreshing.
Let me tell you a bit more about these ingredients.
Yuzu is a Japanese citrus that tastes like a Meyer lemon that met a mandarin orange that met a grapefruit. It has a brightness and tartness to it that are unlike any other citrus. Did you know that a yuzu has 3 times the Vitamin C as a lemon?
Yuzu kosho is a Japanese paste made from green or yellow yuzu zest, green or red chile peppers, and salt.
Unfortunately, yuzu is not easy to find. I’m lucky in that there’s a tiny Japanese market (that doubles as a travel agency, lest you have a sudden urge to book a plane ticket to Japan while grocery shopping) close by where I can find these ingredients. In the absence of easy access to a Japanese market, I suggest the below substitution using more readily available citrus.
While there is no exact substitution for the unique yuzu, alternatively you can use equal parts [Meyer] lemon and grapefruit juice, and a pinch of cayenne for the yuzu kosho. These substitutions yield a vinaigrette with a slightly different flavor profile. Nevertheless, the resulting vinaigrette is tasty, tangy, and refreshing when combined with soy sauce/tamari, olive oil, and finely diced shallot.