What is Spicy Ebi?
Spicy ebi is used in sushi, poke bowls and other fresh seafood dishes. Ebi is a type of shrimp with a mildly sweet, ocean-like flavor. For this dish they are chopped finely and mixed with mayonnaise, sriracha, shichimi togarashi, sesame and seasonings to create a fish ingredient that has a soft, slightly chewy texture and a spicy and pleasing flavor that pairs well with rice and raw vegetables.
What does Spicy Ebi Taste Like?
...Sweet is one of the five main tastes. It has smooth and round notes in its flavor profile. Sweet is a naturally occurring flavor in many foods, including fruits, berries, winter squashes, sugarcane, and honey. The sweet taste in these foods is due to a higher sugar content. Sweetness is characteristic of desserts and is used as an accent in savory foods.
...Spicy is a flavor that brings heat and fire to food by creating a burning sensation in the mouth or sinuses. Spicy flavors come from hot peppers, horseradish, and wasabi. Spicy adds a kick and sometimes complexity to a dish and releases endorphins, creating a mildly addictive quality.
...Ebi shrimp, or black tiger shrimp is a variety of shrimp popular in some Asian cuisines. The shrimp are usually 9 to 11 inches in length and have black stripes or blue-grey stripes on their hard shells. The meat is softer than other varieties of shrimp and if farmed the flavor is bland, but wild harvested black tiger shrimp have a full flavor that is mildly sweet and ocean-like. The cooked meat is white and red and can be used in many seafood dishes.
...Mayonnaise is a cream colored condiment and thick sauce, or spread. Mayonnaise is made by slowly adding oil to a mixture of raw egg, vinegar and seasonings, until it thickens. This is done by continuously whisking. The flavor is mild, tangy and a bit salty with a comforting quality from the creamy texture. Mayonnaise is a multi-use ingredient for sauces, cold meat salads, sandwiches and more.
...Sriracha is an extremely popular hot sauce that complements many cuisines, particularly those of East Asia. The sauce is a vibrant red color and is easy to squeeze out of the bottle with its semi-thick viscosity. The smell is sweet and spicy and the flavor is similar with a hint of tanginess and garlic. Sriracha tastes very different from any other hot sauce.