After I graduated from college, I worked at a sushi restaurant for several years.
During that time, I learned the Japanese names of most kinds of fish, the different varieties of roe, and that uni (sea urchin) is referred to as “the pudding of the sea” and is disgusting.
We were encouraged to try everything on the menu (hence how I know that uni is disgusting). Sometimes, if the head sushi chef had a surplus of a fish, we’d offer a special for the evening and the service staff would be treated to a shared roll or two to test them out.
Needless to say, one would assume that I sampled a lot of sushi during those days. And I did, to a point.
The only thing was that if we wanted a shift meal, we had to pay 50% of the menu price for it.
And we all know how cheap…*ahem*, frugal, I am.
There were limited items that we could eat for free, like edamame and miso soup. And rice. And most sauces.
A bowl of plain rice does not an exciting meal make, though. So what I ended up eating during plenty of my shifts was rice with scallions, little chunks of tofu (from the miso soup condiments) and spicy mayo.
White rice and mayonnaise.
Yup. I ate that for dinner a LOT.
Let me tell you, I know it’s sort of random and not very healthy (considering it was white rice and all), but it was surprisingly delicious.
Now, it’s been years since I’ve had a bowl of that goodness, so I figured that now was the time to bring it back.
With some tweaks, of course.
This is the spicy mayo:
I stirred together about 1 1/2 tablespoons of mayo and 1/2 – 1 tablespoon of Sriracha, tasted it, sprinkled in a little garlic powder and called it good.
And instead of white rice, I used brown jasmine rice.
Plus, in addition to my scallions, I added bell peppers, some corn, some extra spices (like chili powder, garlic powder- whatever I could find) plus a cooked chicken sausage to the rice.
And of course, I added a side of brussels sprouts, because those are my new normal dinner fare.
I’m sure putting mayo on rice sounds weird if you’ve never had it, but if you don’t have a weird aversion to the mayo, try it. It’s oddly satisfying.