A wonderful vegan sushi spread inspired by Cho Chang.
This recipe is:
- amazing for Harry Potter themed parties
- perfect for Ravenclaw tower dinners
Yield: 3-4 witches
This blogpost is going to be a complete guide to the sushi spread, all the different inari toppings, sushi balls, watermelon tuna and the vegan tamago.
Keep in mind that making sushi is not a dish that you can whip up in ten minutes, it takes time, love, patience and effort. It will be beyond worth it!
This has to be made a day beforehand. It needs a night in the fridge to marinate properly.
- 1 mini watermelon (approx 150 grams), the smaller ones contain less seeds and water
- 1 thumb size piece of grated ginger
- 1 tbsp of sesame oil
- 2 tbsp tahini paste
- 1 clove of garlic
- juice of 1 lime + zest
- 2 tsp spices for fish (mixture of paprika, italian herbs, coriander etc.)
- 1 tsp Chinese 13 spice
- 2 tbsp light soy sauce
- 1 tbsp rice wine vinegar or mirin
- 1 tsp vegan chili paste (sambal or gojuchang)
- salt + pepper to taste (I used smoked sea salt)
- Optional: 1/2 nori sheet or 4 drops of algae oil for a fishy taste
- Cut your watermelon in beautiful cubes. The ones that are not perfectly cubed like ''real'' tuna. Eat those as a snack or infuse your water with a refreshing melon taste. Then set aside.
- Preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
- Mix all your ingredients for the marinade. Mix until combined.
- Pour half of the marinade into a jar to save.
- Pour the other half right into the watermelon cubes and mix well. Pour the cubes on a lined baking tray and spread the cubes well.
- Bake until beautiful and meaty for 45 minutes.
- After baking let the watermelon tuna cool down completely. After cooling pour over the remaining marinade and let that sit in a container into the fridge overnight.
- After a whole night take the cubes out and taste for yourself. It is incredibly delicious!
The centerpiece of the sushi spread. Beautiful deep fried tofu pockets filled with sushi rice and several delicious toppings.
WATERMELON TUNA, GILLYWEED SALAD, VEGAN OMELETTE, CORN SALAD AND CRISPY VEGAN CHICKEN OR TOFU
The deep fried pockets are an easy find at your local Asian supermarket. You only have to fill them.
I used the vegan omelette to stuff the inari sushi with but also the onigiri and seaweed rolls. The possibilities are truly endless!
VEGAN TAMAGO OMELETTE
25 grams of vegan omelette mix (mixture of chickpea, pea and corn flour + garlic powder)
a pinch of kala namak salt
150 ml ice cold water
1 tsp soy sauce
cracked black pepper to taste
Take a small mixing bowl and add the dry ingredients first. Whisk in the cold water and soy sauce until light and fluffy.
Heat up a cast iron pan with some sesame oil. (medium-heat)
Pour in the omelette mix and put the heat on low. When bubbles appear that means that one side is cooking. Just like pancakes.
Meanwhile you want to roll up the omelette in a shape of a sausage. Cook and fry the omelette roll on all sides. Let the omelette completely cool before serving it onto sushi rice.
1/2 cup canned corn
2 tsp vegan mayo
juice of half a lime
salt + pepper to taste
Mix everything until combined and adjust to your own taste.
150 grams of wakame (Chuka)
1 tsp sesame oil
2 tsp sesame seeds
1 tsp chilli oil
juice of 1 lime
1 tsp mirin
Same magical method as the corn salad
VEGAN CHICKEN OR TOFU
1/2 cup of firm tofu pieces or vegan chicken
1 tsp gojuchang
1 clove of garlic
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp Chinese 5 spice
1 tsp no bee honey or agave syrup
pinch of chili flakes
1 tsp dark soy sauce
Grab a frying pan with some vegetable oil. Fry your vegan chicken or tofu until crispy and golden. Add all of your dried spices and cook until fragrant.
Then add the rest of the flavourings. Fry onto low heat when sticky and lovely, turn the heat of and let it cool.
- EDAMAME BEANS WITH CRISPY ONIONS
- EXTRA GILLYWEED SALAD
- 'TUNA' ONIGIRI
- STUFFED AVOCADO WITH WATERMELON TUNA + SEA SO GOOD TUNA WITH SPICY MAYO
- TAMAGO SEAWEED ROLLS
Optional: pickled ginger and soy sauce
For this whole spread I used 375 grams of sushi rice. To get the best results you have to wash your rice until the water runs clear. This is an very important step!
Cook your rice according to the instructions on your package. Every rice is different so really use the instructions. When the rice is cooked, let it cool and make a little dressing for your rice with:
1 tbsp of rice vinegar or mirin
a pinch of sugar
1 tbsp sesame oil
zest of 1 lime
Mix well and add to the rice, combine and taste. Maybe it needs a little bit more salt and pepper as well.
I love to season my rice even more with some dried seaweed mix. Look what your local Asian supermarket has to offer.
VEGAN TUNA ONIGRI
This is a very easy assemble. 1,5 cups of sushi rice. (that is already flavoured). 2 tsp vegan mayo, the green parts of a green onion (finely sliced), seaweed dried mix (to taste) and 3 tbsp vegan tuna flakes.
Mix well with your hands and shape them into onigri or any other shape you prefer. Put a slither of seaweed under or round it for a finishing touch.