Light and delicious, this wakame-filled bowl of brown rice is topped with creamy avocado, crunchy sprouts, and tender shrimp for an easy one-pot meal. Finished with fresh lime juice and soy sauce, it makes for a fun and flavorful weeknight meal.
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Seaweed probably isn't the first thing you think of when you hear the word "tartare." Beef, tuna, and even salmon are obvious choices and "meaty" vegetarian stand-ins like beets or mushrooms pop up on restaurant menus now and again. But even though seaweed tartare sounds a bit strange, its salinity, chew, and intense umami fit perfectly within the tartare framework.
Imagine biting into a freshly fried spring roll, its shell breaking off in crispy, golden-brown shards to a piping-hot center of natto beans. The taste is still distinctly natto-esque, but with a kind of maturity and softness that is really pleasant.
Mark Bittman calls this dish "Tofu Burgers, Asian-style," but since I can't really imagine these sesame scallion tofu patties on buns, I served them over rice with soy sauce. Even the tofu skeptics at dinner were fans.
During the three years I lived in Japan, I ate a lot of miso soup, but I never knew what it was. I just figured it was extracted from, you know, a miso plant, or maybe the miso bird, a Japanese relative of the chicken. Now the tables have turned. I've morphed into an obnoxious miso-soup purist. Watch me make it from scratch here.
For a month or two now I have been searching for an Asian or Asian-y noodle dish that would make a nice lunch. A few candidates didn't pan out, and the one that did was a soup, which I know...