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Searching for CRISPY Rice Sushi (a la Koi & Katsuya in Los Angeles)

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Searching for CRISPY Rice Sushi (a la Koi & Katsuya in Los Angeles)

stephanieklein | Sep 25, 2009 11:25 AM

Not deep fried, not tempura. What I'm searching for here in Austin is what's served at Koi and Katsuya in Los Angeles: Spicy Tuna over pieces of crispy rice sushi. Traditionally it's also served with a thin sliver of jalapeno on top. Basically, it's as if they take the rice part of a piece of sushi and quickly sear it on both sides, on a hot oiled grill, and then they add the raw spicy tuna on top. The rice is still sticky, soft, but it has a golden crispy bottom.

I cannot believe that I cannot find a single place in Austin that serves anything close to this. Help! I am desperate. You would be too if you ever tasted this dish. Even if you don't know of a place that serves this, do you know of an Austin sushi chef/restaurant that would be knowledgeable enough and WILLING to try it?

I went to Kinichi and asked, but they ended up doing deep fried rice, very dark, and as hard and crisp as a rice cake... not the same as searing it. Please help. I've attached photo of what it should look like.

 
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