Wasabi-pea flavoured sushi layer `cake´ with salmon, avocado & cucumber

Wasabi-pea flavoured sushi layer `cake´ with salmon, avocado & cucumber

When I am sick, I crave for weird stuff. Like right now I want nothing but a bowl of instant Shin Ramen, the spicy type that makes you want to cry! After all I am living with a really cute Korean flatmate who has introduced me all sorts of Korean food and snacks. But only until yesterday I discovered that she had never tried wasabi peas. What?

I actually believe that almost everyone I know has tried wasabi green peas. I happen to know someone who ate wasabi peas religiously during her exam back in her undergraduate years. I remember seeing tones of tins like these in her Melbourne CBD apartment. Literally, tins and tins of wasabi peas. I don’t know whether she still likes them, but well, they are great snack. Crunchy and a bit spicy, wasabi peas can be really addictive.

I love wasabi peas, and I also adore sushi and salmon. I also like those flavoured rice balls I used to get from a tiny Japanese cafe in Caulfield, Melbourne. So why don’t we have wasabi peas flavoured rice ball? However, there is a technical problem – I don’t know how to mould or roll sushi. So I cheat and create a sushi layered cake instead.

The so-called ‘cake’ is actually nice. I like the crunchiness of the crushed peas in the rice. Making it is such a breeze as well. The only thing you have to cook is the rice (which can be taken care of with a good rice cooker). The ‘construction’ part is easy as a well. No need for fancy mould or rings. Just use a foam cup (picture shown).

Wasabi-pea flavoured sushi layer `cake´ with salmon, avocado & cucumber  - the making

Simplicity it is, good ingredients are essential. Sashimi grade salmon is a must. And venture out to Asian shops (particularly the Korean and Japanese ones) for premium grade sushi rice. This type of rice has firmer and larger grains than the variety found in chain supermarket. For vegetarians, you can top the sushi with marinaded tofu, picked carrots or whatever you fancy.

Here is the instruction for the recipe with the longest name I have ever created!

Wasabi-pea flavoured sushi layer `cake´ with salmon, avocado & cucumber

Wasabi-pea flavoured sushi layer `cake´ with salmon, avocado & cucumber

I ‘eye-ball’ while cooking, so please adjust the recipe to your taste. The quantity specified is enough for 4-5 medium sized ‘cake’ (which can be eaten for lunch). Use smaller foam cup for appetizer.


1+1/2 cup sushi rice, cooked as per packet direction with a pinch of salt and cooled.

1 cup (or more) wasabi peas, crushed

200g sashimi grade salmon, cubed

1 cucumber, cut into cubed

1 small avocado, cut into cubed

1/4 cup Rice wine vinegar, mixed with 2-3 tbp sugar

To serve: Japanese soy sauce, wasabi paste (the real thing ;))


– Mix the cucumber and avocadoes with the rice wine vinegar & sugar mixture. Taste and adjust to achieve sour-sweet balance.

– Mixed crushed wasabi peas with the rice. Taste and adjust!

– Get one foam cup, cut off the bottom and use as a mould. Place the mould onto the serving dish. Press a layer of rice into the mould, followed by cucumber & avocado mixture, then another layer of rice. Top up with salmon pieces. Remove the mould.

– Serve with soy sauce and wasabi paste.

– It is easier to eat this with a fork and a knife. 😛

Vegetarian option: replace salmon with marinaded tofu, picked carrot/daikon.

I am sending this entry to Monthly Mingle event. This event was created by Meeta from What’s for lunch, honey? This month theme is ‘rice’, hosted by Nags from Edible Garden. Enjoy!

28 Responses to Wasabi-pea flavoured sushi layer `cake´ with salmon, avocado & cucumber

  1. abby says:

    your "cake" looks amazing anh, i hope it lifted your spirits and you're feeling a bit better.

  2. Y says:

    Lovely! I enjoy eating wasabi peas so much I don't think mine would've made it into the rice! :)

  3. Manggy says:

    BEAUTIFUL creation, Anh! I think it gets you a free pass out of having to learn rolling sushi… for now. Kidding! 😉 I need to search for Shin Ramen!

  4. MyKitchenInHalfCups says:

    Gadfry! I must try! Love wasabi peas!

  5. Cynthia says:

    Anh, it is so good to see you again.

  6. Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) says:

    Such a lovely creation! I can almost taste the wasabi peas with the mild flavor of the salmon. Thank you for sharing this.

  7. Coffee and Vanilla says:

    Looks delicious :)

  8. Anh says:

    Abby, thank you. I do feel better today.

  9. Murasaki Shikibu says:

    I was going to suggest avocados instead of salmon for vegetarians but you already have it inside the rice so it would be kind of redundant. Otherwise, avocados seasoned with soy sauce & wasabi are like vegetarian Toro.

  10. ChichaJo says:

    This looks amazing! And all flavors that I love too! Sushi, salmon, wasabi, avocado…delicious! Love that paper cup mold too…so ingenius :)

  11. foodiechickie says:

    Oh my gosh it's lovely!!!!

  12. Chocolate Shavings says:

    That sounds like a great idea, all the flavors sound delicious, and what a presentation!

  13. Ravenous Couple says:

    beautiful food and photography! sushi is one thing we've yet to try ourselves but you make it seem simple. So glad to discover your site.

  14. Anh Thu says:

    Hoang Anh kia, sao ma may nau an gioi the nhi? Huhu, me chong tao sang Duc roi,bay gio tao fai tu tuc nau an cho chong ma cha bit lam gi het. Den may mon don gian nhu canh rau ngot nau thit voi ca dau phu sot ca chua nau cung ko xong. May ve day lam dau bep cho tao diiiiiiiiiiiiiii

  15. Johanna says:

    this looks gorgeous and I love that you suggest a veg option – nowI just need to dampen that heat – bt I hope it made you feel better

  16. Kitchen Flavours says:

    Oh wow that looks completely drool worthy…

  17. Dhanggit says:

    oh i love so much the idea of wasabi pea in sushi rice!! love love it!! i'll definitely try this !

  18. Sylvia says:

    Thanks for your kind comment , Anh-

  19. Elk says:

    Very inventive and a rather pretty looking dish too. I think it probably ends up with more impact than a simple sushi roll could convey (though these are quite easy to make

  20. Sushi Tail says:

    Thank you for sharing your creation. It looks easy to make, yet so beautiful.

  21. Sophie says:

    Lovely creation & so delicious looking too!

  22. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    A beautiful creation! I love those wonderful flavors!

  23. Anonymous says:

    This looks so good… I would like to try.

  24. Carolyn says:

    This is really beautiful. I've discovered I'm a complete sucker for photos of raw salmon, and the recipe looks wonderful too. Love how you turned your lack of sushi-rolling experience into a creative asset.

  25. SteamyKitchen says:

    Do you know that wasabi peas is the secret ingredient in so many chef's dishes? I just had sesame seared tuna dish that was crusted with crushed wasabi peas!

  26. Justin says:

    this is beautifully prepared

  27. Michelle @ Find Your Balance says:

    That is SO cool looking! What a great creation.

  28. Dazy says:

    I'm planning to make this tomorrow. I think I'll try to shoot it, but I don't think it will be as pretty as your picture!

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