If you’re not familiar with Japanese “kushiage” its bite size breaded and perfectly deep-fried skewers of meat, seafood and vegetables. These small plates and skewers at Horon are made for sharing with your friends while you converse and drink the night away. All the different types of soju and sake will help your apprehensive friends become undaunted eaters (
Baby octopus, mochi cheese, lotus root with sea urchin and bacon wrapped mushrooms
Bacon wrapped cherry tomatoes and more baby octopus
Whats also great about Horon are all the other none fried dishes you can order like these truffled potatoes with blue cheese
Braised pork cheek
Uni-giri (sea urchin and rice wrapped in seaweed)
And one of my favorites, Wagyu beef liver sashimi (raw thinly sliced beef liver)
Horon Kushiage Dining
2143 182nd St.
Torrance, CA 90504
*If you ever decide to come here please hit me up, I love this place!
If you’ve ever been to a sushi restaurant with me you’d know I love sea urchin (“uni” in Japanese). The part of the sea urchin that you actually eat is the ovaries, called corals or roe, and it’s a culinary delicacy in many parts of the world. It’s hard to describe the taste but to me it’s like savory clean ocean water if that makes sense. Some people describe the taste as “umami” which is the fifth taste sensation school didn’t teach you about (the other four are sweet, salty, sour, and bitter).
Usually I eat the uni Japanese style as sashimi or regular sushi but yesterday I stopped by the Halal Market and picked up some amazing olive oil and instantly remembered this episode of No Reservations where Anthony was in Greece and had some sea urchin. Here’s the clip…
(skip to about 1:40 to see what I’m talking about)
Here’s the olive oil I got from the market
And here’s that amazing sea urchin in olive oil, fresh lemon juice, cilantro and a little sea salt.
Eaten on toasted flat bread. Fucking amazing!
Dinner last night at Avocado was like a multi cultural club. Mushroom enchiladas and mango salsa from Mexico, beer from Japan, soju from Korea and sea urchin in olive oil from Heaven…