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Yuba “Inari”


Gaby Maeda, State Bird Provisions

This recipe was presented at the 2021 Worlds of Flavor International Conference & Festival and demonstrated at the Foodwise Classroom on March 19, 2022.

Yields 24 pieces


3 cups cooked sushi rice
1 tablespoon chile oil
2 tablespoon sesame oil
Salt to taste
1½ cup cooked (20 to 25 minutes) farro verde
1½cup cooked (18 to 22 minutes) red quinoa
1 cup  shiitake mushrooms, poached (5 to 7 min) in dashi
1½cup komatsuna (Japanese mustard spinach), blanched and chopped
½ cup sliced scallion (green and white)
½ cup chiffonade ginger    
1½tablespoon golden sesame seeds
3 tablespoons Yuzu Kosho Vinaigrette, plus 1 teaspoon (recipe below)
1 sheet Hodo Foods yuba
12 pieces green asparagus, blanched
2 tablespoons White Miso Dressing (recipe below)
Shiso, for garnish


In a mixing bowl, add the rice, sesame oil, chili oil, and salt. Season the rice with oil to break and separate the grains. Add the farro, quinoa, shiitakes, komatsuna, scallion, ginger, sesame seeds, and 3 tablespoons Yuzu Kasho Vinaigrette. Season with salt to taste.

Place a piece of plastic wrap on the table and allow 3 inches of overhang off the edge. Lay out a sheet of yuba and add 1½ cups of rice filling in a line towards the bottom of the sheet. Lay the blanched asparagus on one side of the roll, next to the rice filling. Using the plastic wrap as a guide, roll the inari in a log (1½ inch in diameter). Tighten the log by rolling it against the table. Tape the ends of the log down to keep its tight shape. Store in the refrigerator until further use.

To plate: Unroll the inari from its plastic sheathe and slice into 1-inch pieces. Spoon miso dressing on the base of the plate and place inari pieces on top. Dress each inari piece with Yuzu Kosho Vinaigrette and garnish with shiso and golden sesame.

White Miso Dressing

Yields 1 quart


40 grams egg yolk (about 2 yolks)
75 grams Aedan Fermented white miso
25 grams yuzu kosho            
50 grams white soy
87.5 grams rice vinegar
7.5 grams ginger, grated
1 gram garlic (½ clove), grated
75 grams sesame oil
375 grams grape seed oil 


In the robot-coupe or immersion blender, blend the egg yolk, white miso, yuzu kosho, white soy, rice vinegar, ginger, and garlic until the mixture doubles in volume. Slowly stream in the grape seed and sesame oil until fully emulsified.

Store in a pint container.

Yuzu Kosho Vinaigrette

Yields 1 pint


375 grams yuzu juice (or seasonal citrus, such as Satsuma mandarins)
15 grams yuzu kosho
2 grams garlic (1 clove), grated
25 grams ginger, grated
32.5 grams white soy
2.5 grams salt
87.5 grams sesame oil


In a mixing bowl, add all ingredients except the sesame oil. Slowly stream in the sesame oil and whisk in to make a quick emulsification.

Store in a pint container.


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