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Tiradito chifa (tuna sashimi Peruvian style)

Restaurateur Martin Morales shares this Peruvian-style ceviche starter with crispy noodles, adapted from his book, Ceviche

  • Prep: 30 mins
    Cook: 5 mins
    plus 24 hrs chilling
  • Serves 2
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  • Serves 2
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  • Calories 203
  • Carbohydrates 22
  • Saturated Fat 1
  • Sugar 11
  • Protein 18
  • Fat 5
  • Fibre 1
  • Salt 1.8

Nutrition per serving

  • Calories 203
  • Carbohydrates 22
  • Saturated Fat 1
  • Sugar 11
  • Protein 18
  • Fat 5
  • Fibre 1
  • Salt 1.8

Ingredients

  • vegetable oil, for frying
  • 25g vermicelli noodles
  • 140g fresh sashimi-grade tuna, thinly sliced and cut into triangles
  • ½ red chilli, finely chopped
  • handful coriander leaves, chopped
  • 1 spring onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 small mild green chilli, thinly sliced
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 100ml white wine vinegar
  • 85g daikon radish (mooli), peeled and cut into thin round slices
  • juice 2 limes
  • 1 tbsp mirin
  • 1 tbsp fresh orange juice
  • ¼ tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce

Tip

Top tips
Use the best sashimi-grade tuna you can get. Dressing the fish in citrus juice and spices turns the flesh opaque and firms up the texture. The marinade will become cloudy as it reacts with the proteins in the fish, and is referred to as 'tiger's milk' in Peru. For true authenticity, drink it when you finish the tuna.

Method

  1. The day before, make the pickled daikon. Add the sugar to 75ml hot water and stir to dissolve. Add the vinegar and mix, then add the daikon. Cover and chill for 24 hrs.

  2. The next day, make the Nikkei tiger’s milk. Mix all the ingredients together in a small bowl, cover and set aside.

  3. Heat the oil in a medium saucepan on a medium-high heat. Check the oil is hot enough by dropping in a small piece of noodle – it should sizzle and puff up straight away. With a slotted spoon, lower the noodles into the hot oil. As soon as they have puffed up and turned white, lift them out of the oil and put them on a tray lined with kitchen paper. This will help to drain the excess oil.

  4. Arrange the slices of tuna on the plate, leaving space in the middle for the noodles. Season with sea salt and spoon the tiger’s milk over the tuna. Sprinkle the red chilli, coriander and spring onion over the top.

  5. Using a 2cm diameter cutter, or the end of a piping nozzle, cut small circles out of the drained pickled daikon. Place 1 pickled daikon disc onto each piece of tuna, then put a piece of green chilli on top of each disc. Pile the crispy noodles in the middle and serve.

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