Sweet and Savory Vegetarian Poke
I've tasted a variety of vegetarian poke bowls that have been satisfying, but this is the first I've had that didn't leave me missing the fish just a little bit.
It all starts with this watermelon poke recipe I found. I combined this recipe with my usual tuna poke tricks for a bowl I can't wait to recreate again.
Ingredient partner dish: Many of the ingredients of this dish mirror those in Watermelon Gazpacho - a simple summertime dish with complex flavor.
For the watermelon poke:
Grated zest of 1 lemon
Fresh ginger, cut into a 1-inch cube, peeled, and grated
1 tablespoon honey
3/4 teaspoon cayenne
3/4 teaspoon fine-grain sea salt
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/4 cup unseasoned (brown) rice vinegar
1/3 cup soy sauce (low-sodium is ok)
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
3 pound seedless watermelon (small melon)
For the poke bowl:
1 cup jasmine rice
1½ cups low fat coconut of milk
½ cup water
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp unseasoned rice vinegar
8-10 stalks of asparagus
6 oz lightly fried tofu
1 cup shelled edamame
1/2 cup roughly chopped cilantro
3/4 cup micro-greens of your choice
2 radishes, finely sliced
1 cucumber, finely sliced
1 shallot, finely sliced
Furikake (or sesame seeds) to top
Optional: I prefer to include Tomayago (Japanese omelet). If you have the time and ingredients, give it a try.
Prepare the watermelon poke as per the instructions. The poke needs to marinate for a couple of hours to reach its full potential.
Prepare the coconut rice:
Combine the coconut milk, water, rice vinegar, and 1 tbsp of soy sauce in a small sauce pan. Bring to a boil.
Add in the rice. stir, and simmer for 15-20 minutes until liquid is absorbed.
Toss the asparagus in olive oil and sea salt, and bake at 350 for about 12 minutes.
Make the crispy shallots: sauté over medium heat in olive oil for about 5 minutes until golden brown and crispy
Put it all together as shown below. Top the main ingredients with the crispy shallots, cilantro, and a drizzle of soy sauce.
OPTIONAL: Tomago Egg: https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/221923/japanese-tamago-egg/