Ceviche has existed in Peru since the Incas. However, many upper-class Peruvians preferred meat to fish until the Japanese immigrants of the 20th century began opening seafood centered restaurants that inspired a resurgence love of fish and consequently the development of the ceviche we know today. Here, Emeril pays homage to these traditions with a Japanese flavored ceviche.
- 1 cup rice wine vinegar
- 2 teaspoons minced takanotsume chile, or other hot red chile, plus 1 takanotsume chile, or other hot red chile, julienned
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon mirin
- 1 pound fresh, sushi-grade sea scallops, sliced crosswise into rounds as thinly as possible
- 2 teaspoons finely chopped green onions
- 1 teaspoon toasted black sesame seeds
- 1 cup peeled, seeded, and thinly sliced cucumber
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
Combine the rice vinegar, minced chiles, salt, and mirin in a glass bowl. Add the sliced scallops and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Add the green onion and sesame seeds, gently stirring to mix.