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Spicy Tuna Tartare Salad

It seems that everything is better in Japan.

When i last visited Tokyo, a city located only about 4 hours away from Manila, i was in complete culture shock. This is from someone who has worked in 5 different countries and has traveled extensively. I had never once felt like an observer of a culture and most of the time fell immediately within the norms of whichever place i was visiting.

Japan was a whirlwind of emotions, colors and misunderstandings. If most countries in Asia were close to perfect, they would be like Japan. The people are nice (not necessarily friendly), courteous and creative. The city is vast yet intimate, traditional with dashes of modernity and filled with various food options.

If you think you have any sort of knowledge of Japanese food, you are deeply misinformed. The culinary arts there run deeper than in most countries.

All this to say that if ever you get to visit Japan, try everything and anything that comes your way, from the strange to the familiar. To think of it, this is a great way to approach life in general.

Here is a dish that is inspired by the Spicy Tuna Salads that a lot of izakayas carry, it’s not typically Japanese, but it’s fun and different.

If you want to make it healthier, just remove most of the mayonnaise and do not add the breadcrumbs. However, if you miss the texture, just add some  toasted pine nuts and a little dollop of sour cream.

Play around with your food and never lose the sense of discovery when eating. You will open yourself up more to so many possibilities and have the affinity needed to create all your favorite dishes, which are usually considered unhealthy, into lighter and tastier outcomes.

Experiment. It really is all up to you.

In Manila, my favorite Japanese restaurants are: Kikufuji, Seryna, Mangetsu and Tsumura.

7 COMMENTS

    1. Cherry Legaspi February 4, 2014 at 9:47 pm

      I really love it how you created that Japanese style fusion kind of food! What’s you’ve written here on your blog about Japan is true! I cook Japanese food too, because I live here in Japan. I have lots of photos of the food I make posted on Instagram and I always hashtag #thefatkidinside to my homemades as well ! I’m looking forward to watching and learning from this blog about how you make your own version of Japanese food more! Thank you for sharing us your ideas! They’re absolutely wonderful,always!!!

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    1. Ana Melina Manuel February 5, 2014 at 5:53 pm

      “Japan was a whirlwind of emotions, colors and misunderstandings. If most countries in Asia were close to perfect, they would be like Japan. The people are nice (not necessarily friendly), courteous and creative. The city is vast yet intimate, traditional with dashes of modernity and filled with various food options.
      If you think you have any sort of knowledge of Japanese food, you are deeply misinformed. The culinary arts there run deeper than in most countries.”

      A really good way to describe Japan. Stayed there for 3 years and I still can’t just can’t get enough of the food, culture and people. Thanks for sharing this recipe and will definitely try your fave Japanese restaurants here in the metro. :)

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    1. Jerry Malalis February 6, 2014 at 1:45 am

      Very informative! Thank you Erwan! Good job!

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    1. Jerry Malalis February 6, 2014 at 1:45 am

      Very informative! Thank you Erwan! Good job!

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    1. Gia February 6, 2014 at 9:36 am

      Hi Erwan where is Kikufuji located? is it more like Little Tokyo? How much is the price range and the must try? Thanks!

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    1. imy February 12, 2014 at 12:56 am

      Hi erwan! Can i just use humus instead of japanese mayo and not include the white beans and fish sauce? thanks!

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    1. monique February 14, 2014 at 3:51 am

      Thanks for sharing this recipe. Please accept this in return:

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