I had a craving for California rolls the other day. In hopes of making my own, I realized that avocados are rare, expensive, and must be bought in bulk in Korea. Making your own sushi can be fun, but it is time consuming and easy to mess-up, I tried! So, I decided to make a California bowl, a deconstructed California roll using classic crab salad, cucumber, and seasoned seaweed flakes. I didn’t really miss the avocado, but you can add it if you find it. You can use the crab salad on crackers too for a delicious snack.
Crab Salad California Bowl
For Crab Salad:
-1 package (250-275 g) imitation crab sticks, diced into small chunks
-1 small container (85 g) Denmark plain yogurt (this is the only low-fat, non-sweet yogurt I have found in Korea)
-1/4 cup chopped scallions
-1/8 tsp ground pepper
-1/2 tsp salt, cajun seasoning, or Old Bay Seasoning
-1 tsp bottled lemon juice
-1 cup seasoned seaweed flakes (these are sooooo delicious, don’t leave them out!)
-1/4 cucumber, sliced into thin strips
-2 cups cooked rice ( I used mixed-grain rice)
-soy sauce (low-sodium if you can find)
-wasabi powder (optional)
-1 avocado, sliced (optional)
* This recipe can be prepared in advanced and used for lunches during the week (makes 4 bowls). Or for a more substantial meal, you can make 2 bigger bowls. If using avocado, make sure to mix the remaining slices with a bit of lemon juice for storing, avocado does not keep very long once sliced.
1) Make the crab salad by mixing all the crab salad ingredients together in a bowl.
2) Prepare the bowl by putting 1/2 cup of the cooked rice in a bowl. Heat the rice up in the microwave if not already hot.
3) Put 1/4 of the crab salad, 1/4 of the sliced cucumber, and 1/4 cup of the seaweed flakes, and 1/4 of the avocado (optional) on top of the rice.
4) Mix some wasabi powder (optional) with 1-2 tsp of soy sauce. Drizzle over the ingredients to complete the bowl.
5) Mix the bowl up like you would for bibimbap and enjoy!
Below are the ingredients used in this recipe. You can find all the ingredients at Home Plus. Avocados and the yogurt can also be found at Costco.
For 1 Serving (based on 4 total servings): 200 Calories, 1.4 g Fat, 0.4 g Saturated Fat, 8.1 mg Cholesterol, 629.1 mg Sodium, 38 g Carbohydrates, 2.8 g Fiber, 4.7 g Sugars, 8.8 g Protein.