New Recipe: Maguro Zuke Don (marinated tuna sushi bowl)

Poke bowls are all the rage these days. Based on the Hawaiian dish called Ahi Poke, this marinated raw tuna treat was inspired by the authentic Japanese version called Maguro Zuke Don (see recipe). This one of the many Japanese "small plates" that we will serving on July 16, 2023 at the "Bullet Train to Osaka" pop-up dinner. 

This easy-to-make dish looks beautiful and tastes wonderful. The marinade is pretty typical Asian soy-ginger-garlic based. Add some lemon juice and a little spiciness and you've got a perfect complement to raw tuna. Throw in some red and green onions for some zing. Garnish with avocado for a Californian twist and you've got a great summertime treat.

Where do you get fresh raw tuna in the Midwest? Trust me, you don't want to eat "fresh" raw tuna that's been traveling many days and thousands of miles on boats, planes, and trucks. What you really want is tuna that has been processed and cryogenically frozen on the boat before it even reaches the shore. And where can you get that? Why, at Aldi of course — my favorite go-to grocer in Champaign-Urbana.

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