When I lived in Downtown LA, there was only one good side to that and it was the close proximity to Little Tokyo and all of it’s excellent sushi restaurants and Asian markets. Our favorite sushi restaurant in LA is and forever will be Komasa. Back when I lived in NYC it was most definitely Tomoe and when I’m back home in Miami? Eh….I haven’t really found one as good as in LA and NYC. If you’re a Miamian and know of a solid place, let me know!
One Sunday afternoon while lolly gagging about town, I decided to make my own Japanese feast inspired by Komasa. I am a huge fan of their miso soup and green salad. You might think to yourself at this point, “How hard is it to make a miso soup and green salad?” Well, it’s not…and I’ve never been one to make challenging dishes, but Komasa’s miso soup and green salad are special….wait….~*special*~
I also decided to sear some tuna, buy some spicy as hell wasabi peas to snack on and make some rice vinegar sushi rice in addition to the soup and salad.
The soup was easier than putting together a 10 piece puzzle while blitzed out of your mind. I basically bought miso soup packets from the Asian market and added scallions and “Buna Shimeji” mushrooms.
The salad was equally as easy. I added lettuce, broccoli (which wasn’t in the original Komasa salad), sprouts, Japanese pickled carrots and topped it off with tobiko (I love the stuff!). The dressing was not Ginger like most Japanese restaurants usually top off their salads with, but instead I used a Japanese dressing that looks like Ponzu. It contains: sesame seeds, soy sauce, vinegar, sake, lemon juice, yuzu (citrus), wine, konbu seasoning and spice.
The seared tuna was quickly cooked in a hot pan with a little bit of toasted sesame oil. I added some salt and pepper to taste. The tuna was topped with tobiko (again), toasted sesame seeds and scallions. There was some ponzu sauce on the side for dipping.
All in all, it was an extremely enjoyable meal with minimal effort involved in the preparation. We had some hot sake to accompany the meal which was the perfect thing for it. I would do this again, especially when I have some guests over. Maybe next time, though, I’ll actually roll some sushi…