Bulgur Roasted Seaweed Hand Rolls
Have fun with this variation on the traditional sushi rolls. These bulgur hand rolls add a great chew and wonderful whole wheat flavor.
Korean Sushi Rolls with Walnut-Edamame Crumble
David Chang was inspired to make these playful rolls by a snack he had at Yunpilam, a temple in South Korea, where the nuns served him edamame mixed with walnuts and molasses. His rolls have an edamame-and-walnut filling; unlike other sushi rolls, they can be served warm.
Crispy Udon Noodles with Nori Salt
Inspired by a snack served at Japanese restaurants, Marcia Kiesel boils udon noodles until they are just al dente, then ties them into small bundles and quickly fries them in a shallow layer of vegetable oil. They are addictively crunchy.
Nori Hand Rolls with Kale and Green Beans
Brown rice replaces the usual white in these fun-to-eat vegetable hand rolls.
Summer Radishes with Chèvre, Nori and Smoked Salt
In this very simple appetizer, Jeremy Fox combines slivers of nori with bits of goat cheese—a clever, tantalizing mix of salty and creamy—then serves the dish with radishes and a sprinkle of smoked salt.
Asian Bar Mix
The sesame sticks, wasabi peas, almonds and peanuts make this irresistible bar mix wonderfully crunchy.
French fries have gone way beyond the prosaic russet potato. At Fork in Philadelphia, for instance, Ellen Yin features yuca and taro fries on her menu. Then there are the irresistible fries created by Gene Kato for the Japonais restaurants originating in Chicago. Made with sweet potatoes, the frites are seasoned with a blend of Japanese flavorings, including nori flakes and the tingly spice mix shichimi togarashi.
Potato Chips With Nori Salt
Owner Jason Chan took his design cues from the restaurant's wine list: The walls are painted the color of Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.
Nori-Crusted Sirloin with Shiitake and Wasabi
Josh DeChellis is used to diners' initial skepticism when it comes to what he calls his more "out of control" ingredient combinations. Even the F&W Test Kitchen wondered if nori and wasabi could possibly go with the beef here. They do, and brilliantly. What's more, the recipe's healthy; ounce for ounce, sirloin has less saturated fat than chicken thigh with skin.
"Korean-style horumon stalls are big in Tokyo," says Andrew Zimmern. "These tiny restaurants grill dozens of skewers with animal parts like udders, cockscomb, trachea, you name it. But even with conventional meat, grilling techniques like basting with fresh ginger juice are genius. If you're not adventurous, try it on chicken thighs."
Soba Noodles with Dashi, Poached Egg and Scallions
Chef Douglas Keane of Cyrus restaurant in Healdsburg, California, and an F&W Best New Chef 2006 creates a quick but flavorful broth using kombu (a type of seaweed) and dashi powder (an instant Japanese stock made from shaved bonito tuna flakes). He poaches eggs in the broth and serves them for a protein-rich lunch or even breakfast.
Brooklyn chef Sohui Kim says this Korean soup is both celebratory (it’s often called birthday soup) and restorative—she frequently makes it to ward off colds. The soft, supple texture of the seaweed and tender beef make it incredibly soothing and comforting, not to mention very tasty.