Fish scares the shit out me. For one, I come from a household where fish is usually eaten with rice, and so any other variation is not as familiar to me. Second, they are so damn delicate. Unlike chicken or meat, they break easily in the pan, and if you buy them at the wrong places they tend to smell fishy and downright gross.
But the thing is, fish is so much better than meat. Just as much protein, but with a lot less fat. Due to these reasons I have taught myself again and again to try and cook fish, and hey! Turns out, it really isn't all that hard or scary.
Tuna tataki sounds like some fancy dish that you eat in a Japanese restaurant so fancy that you need to pay everything with a credit card and pay it off in 3 consecutive months, but no. With simple ingredients that you probably already have at home, all you need is a piece of tuna steak, which I get from my neighborhood Cold Storage for RM15. You don't need a credit card for that.
This recipe makes a plate for 1.
What You Need:
For the tuna...
1 piece tuna steak (it doesn't really matter how big)
1 tsp dijon mustard
2 tsp olive oil
2-3 tbsp coarse ground black pepper
For the soba noodles and broccoli...
1 handful soba noodles
Broccoli, cut into long florets
1-2 tbsp sesame seeds
1 small piece ginger, peeled and grated
2 tbsp light soy sauce
Some chili flakes
What You Do:
1. First, get some water boiling in a pot on the stove. Wash and slice the broccoli into long florets.
2. Now, the tuna. Scatter the coarsely ground black pepper onto a dry, flat plate. Mix the mustard and oil, and season really well with salt. Brush the sides of the tuna with this until well-coated.
3. Now roll that tuna onto the peppercorns, so that the tuna is now crusted with them.
4. Heat a pan to high, and toast the sesame seeds until golden. Remove the seeds.
5. In the same pan over high heat, sear that tuna steak. This takes a really, really short while. Really. Like 50-60 seconds each side ONLY. Remove the fish onto a cutting board.
6. When the water begins boiling in the pot, add the soba noodles and the broccoli. Remove after 3 minutes, or until soba is cooked through.
7. Mix the ginger, chili flakes and soy sauce. Dress the noodles with it. Add the sesame seeds to the noodles. Spoon some of the dressing over the broccoli.
8. Slice up the tuna steaks really thinly, and serve with the noodles and broccoli.
9. Keep that credit card of yours for some other day.