No 91: Baby Bok Choy From Marumi Sushi
Plantation's Marumi Sushi is an adventure in Japanese dining. The menu changes daily, informed by whatever fresh and rare ingredients chef/owners Teruhiko Iwasaki and Tetsu Hayakawa have on hand. Both chefs are experts in Japanese cooking and are adept at letting natural flavors sing on a plate. Unsurprisingly, the best dishes at Marumi are usually the simplest: Thinly sliced usuzukuri of local caught snapper and trigger fish; monk fish liver with homemade ponzu sauce and spicy momiji oroshi pepper. The baby bok choy is another simple dish done to perfection. Tender, leafy bok choy are lightly fried, then spooned with a delicate soy and garlic sauce. That's it. The heart of the bitter vegetable turns sweet and juicy, while outer greens crisp up like a delicious, edible version of cellophane paper. And the salty soy and sweet garlic add just flavor to enhance the bok choy and elevate it to perfection. A bowl of the special costs less than $5. See if you can get away with ordering just one. We can't.
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