Big-Eye Tuna Poke with Macadamia Nuts, Seaweed and Soy-Pickled Jalapeños


Recipe by Chef Chung Chow, noreetuh restaurant in New York.


  • 1 pound sushi grade Big-Eye tuna loin
  • ½ cup dried seaweed (such as ogo and/or tosaka), rehydrated 10 minutes in cold water
  • ½ small red onion, thinly sliced and soaked in ice water 10 minutes
  • 1 scallion, thinly sliced on the bias
  • ¼ cup macadamia nuts, roughly chopped
  • Toasted white sesame seeds, to taste
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt

Soy-Pickled Jalapeño Peppers 

  • 1/2 pound jalapeño peppers, stems trimmed
  • 1 bottle distilled white vinegar
  • 1 cup soy sauce


  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 ½ tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon tobanjan*
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil


  1. Prepare soy-pickled jalapenos by placing peppers in a wide mouth container or large bowl. Add soy sauce vinegar to cover peppers. Drain and reserve liquid.
  2. Place liquid mixture in small sauce pan and bring to boil over medium heat. Pour over peppers. Cool to room temperature. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  3. Make dressing by combining soy sauce, rice wine vinegar and tobanjan in small bowl. Gently whisk in canola oil and sesame oil. Set aside.
  4. Cut tuna loin into half inch cubes. Season with the reserved dressing.
  5. Add rehydrated seaweed, drained sliced red onion, scallion, 8-10 slices of soy-pickled jalapeno, macadamia nuts and sesame seeds.
  6. Toss gently to combine. Garnish with additional sesame seeds, scallions and sea salt.

*Tobanjan is a spicy miso sauce found in Asian specialty stores and some supermarkets. If you can’t find it, you can use Korean Chile Paste, Gochujang, or simply omit.

Macadamia Shortbread


  • 1 cup raw macadamias
  • 1 cup all-purpose, unbleached flour
  • ¼ cup cornstarch or rice flour
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ginger, optional
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 2-3 tablespoons chilled skim milk


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Lightly oil or line baking tray with parchment paper. 
  2. Place the macadamia nuts, flour, sugar and ginger in a food processor and process to a fine powder.
  3. Add the egg and vanilla, then gradually pour in the milk in a thin stream with the motor running until mixture just starts to come together.
  4. Transfer to a floured board and knead gently to a smooth dough. 
  5. Shape dough into bite-sized balls, place on baking tray and press gently with a fork, or shape into 2 x ¾ inch thick rounds. If making the rounds, mark into wedges, pinch the edges and pierce several times with a fork. 
  6. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden. Lift one and check the base to test. 
  7. Cool on a wire rack before placing in sealed containers.