Shell or Cucumber?

Dish Created by:

Chef Junichiro Ise




Kusshi™ Oysters       1 dozen

English Cucumber    1 pc.


Simple Ponzu                  Pickling Vinegar

Soy sauce       2 tbls          Rice vinegar     1 cup

Rice vinegar   2 tbls         Sugar                1 cup

Lemon juice   1 tbls         Water                1/4 cup

Water              1 tbls




Pickling Vinegar

Combine all ingredients in a small sauce pan and heat up to a boil.  Turn off heat and move to an ice bath to chill.


Simple Ponzu

Combine all ingredients and whisk.


Pickled Cucumber Prep

Trim off both ends of the cucumber.  Use a vegetable peeler to remove the outer skin and discard skin.  Cut cucumber in half.  Continue to peel down the length of the cucumber, making long, narrow ribbons.  Discard central seed section when finished.  Soak cucumber ribbons in a bowl of chilled pickling vinegar for 10 minutes.  Drain the cucumber ribbon and let rest on paper towel.  Save pickling vinegar.


Kusshi™ Oyster Prep

Shuck Kusshi™ oysters and remove meat from the shell.  Rinse the oyster meat with remaining pickling liquid.  Rest oysters on paper towel.


To Serve

Line up a ribbon of pickled cucumber with a Kusshi™ oyster on one end.  Add a few drops of ponzu sauce within the wrap.  Roll oyster into the ribbon.  Use micro shiso and edible flowers as garnish for presentation.  Serve with grated nasturtium seed.


Back Story

Chef Junichiro Ise is an executive Chef at Flo Japanese Restaurant in Bellevue, WA.  Chef Jun grew up in Japan, moving to the USA to broaden his culinary skills and knowledge.  He spent time working for and training under Iron Chef Morimoto in Napa, California.  Chef Jun is greatly inspired by northwest ingredients, exploring them through his home culinary adventures.  These personal creations are documented through his social media account @iseskitchen, which are developed into new dishes for his guests at Flo.  His philosophy is simple: “Make people happy.”  


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