roe substitute for hamaguri-zushi?

bronwyncarlisle
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I'm having a dinner party on Saturday night, and I REALLY wanted to make some of those cute pink hamaguri-zushi as part of the first course. But can I find salmon roe, or for that matter ANY sort of fish roe, in any sort of shop? No I can't. I can't find fresh (the fish place said that season finished a couple of weeks ago), I can't find frozen, and I can't find it in little jars the way I have had it before.

So, help Maki! What can I sprinkle on top of hamaguri-zushi that is not any sort of fish egg?

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maki
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Re: roe substitute for hamaguri-zushi?

The main idea of the salmon roe is to provide a nice color punch. If you have access to a Japanese grocery store, something called sakura denbu (it's semi-dried codfish furikake, sort of, often used in fat sushi rolls) would make a nice pink accent. You could also tiny cubes of cooked carrot, bits of bright pink smoked salmon, or pickled ginger (either the bright red beni sho-ga or sushi gari ginger). You could also even experiment with off the wall things like flakes of pink grapefruit flesh (I've seen this used as a decoration at The Fat Duck restaurant), or pomegranate seeds.

If you want to stick to fish eggs, Ikea usually sells them in tubes and jars, though not salmon roe.

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bronwyncarlisle
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Re: roe substitute for hamaguri-zushi?

Thanks Maki. The grapefruit sounds interesting. Grapefruit AND ginger maybe? I'll do some experimentation. No Ikea in NZ yet unfortunately.

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Re: roe substitute for hamaguri-zushi?

I ended up using pink grapefruit bits. I used umeboshi vinegar for the rice, and the saltiness of it was too similar to the saltiness of the red ginger for them to go very well together. The tartness of the grapefruit worked quite well with the sweetness of the eggs and the umeboshi flavour of the rice. Everyone enjoyed them, though the egg pancakes were really a wee bit big - must get an even smaller pan.

Photo of the Japanese course of my dinner party is here. Blog entry of whole party here.

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Re: roe substitute for hamaguri-zushi?

Looks like you had a great party! I'm glad the grapefruit turned out well!

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Re: roe substitute for hamaguri-zushi?

It all looks delicious, and you have a box of After Eights there --I love them :-)

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