Kanpachi/Kampachi Tiradito Nobu Style

Previously, on tastingmenu.wordpress.com –

* https://tastingmenu.wordpress.com/2011/05/04/matsuhisa-la/ (3 Oct 2009 omakase)

This past Sunday, Wegman’s opened a supermarket in Chestnut Hill and their sushi/sashimi offering area was providing kanpachi/kampachi – in blocks – much to my surprise.  Ok, so it was $40/lb, but the first thing that came to mind was “kanpachi tobanyaki”.   And then my wife said, “can we have some sashimi tonight as well?”  I didn’t just want to do plain sashimi since I was going to do tobanyaki. So I wracked my brains and thought….I’ve got yuzu, lemon, rocoto chili……TIRADITO.

Fortunately, a copy of Matsuhisa-sama’s tiradito can be found here:

http://nobumagazine.com/2014/01/22/peruvian-influence-nobus-white-fish-tiradito-recipe/

So I went to the new Chestnut Hill Wegmans and got 2 kanpachi fillets (total 1lb).  I then split them

Kanpachi for tiradito and tobanyaki

Kanpachi for tiradito and tobanyaki

into a total of 4 pieces and I took one for the tiradito.

Tiradito seasoning ingredients (without the sea salt)

Tiradito seasoning ingredients (without the sea salt)

Nobu’s tiradito is a stunningly simply dish.  Usuzukuri slices of kanpachi, cilantro leaves, rocoto chili

mixing the lemon and yuzu juices

mixing the lemon and yuzu juices

‘dots’ , a citrus mixture (2:1 lemon:yuzu, 2 T+2 t lemon juice, 1 T+1 t yuzu juice) and a hit of salt.  Fan

Laying out the kanpachi before the cilantro leaves

Laying out the kanpachi before the cilantro leaves

out the slices of kanpachi on a plate, top each slice with a cilantro leaf, distribute the juice over the

Fill a small plastic bag with the rocoto, then cut a tiny corner hole to help dispense small dots onto the cilantro leaves

Fill a small plastic bag with the rocoto, then cut a tiny corner hole to help dispense small dots onto the cilantro leaves

Adding the rocoto chili before sprinkling on the sea salt

Adding the rocoto chili before sprinkling on the sea salt

slices, dot each cilantro leaf with rocoto paste and sprinkle 2 3 fingered-pinches of sea salt over all the slices.

one look at the tiradito

one look at the tiradito

So as we tried the appetizer, we both remarked how similar the flavors were to the oyster tiradito we had had at Matsuhisa, LA.

a close up of the kanpachi tiradito

a close up of the kanpachi tiradito

 …and now that I know the Wegmans sushi/sashimi bar also as sushi grade scallops, I can’t wait to do the scallop tiradito variant from Nobu Now!

 Resource

Kanpachi – Wegman’s, Chestnut Hill, MA
Rocoto Chili paste – La Chapincita Market, Waltham, MA

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