By Manato Ueno

The balance of the rice, blending different types of rice with various umami and aroma, and acidity of the vinegar was key for this pairing. Including sushi rice and traditionally prepared fish, a hint of spicy pineapple ginger lurks between the colorful vegetables and fruits. Crab and avocado lie in the center of the sushi, with a touch of refreshing taste of sudachi.

No matter where you bite into, you will be able to enjoy the texture, aroma and umami of the sushi. Try Manato Ueno's Tazuna-zushi recipe below!

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All you’ll need

  • Rice; 1/4 flounder;
  • 1/4 fillet of red tuna (akami);
  • 1/4 fillet of medium fatty tuna (chu-toro);
  • 1/4 fillet of salmon;
  • 10 kibinago (silver-stripe round herrings);
  • Kelp (to cure white fish);
  • 1/4 mango; 1/4 red bell pepper;
  • 1/4 yellow bell pepper; 1/2 cucumber;
  • 10 shiso leaves; 100g crab avocado;
  • 2 sudachi; 1/2 avocado;
  • 100g crab meat flake; 50g pineapple ginger;
  • 200ml pineapple squeezed juice;
  • 80g white sugar; 100g sliced ginger;
  • 30ml rice vinegar; 40ml water



  1. Make kobujime (curing with kelp) of flounder.
  2. Sprinkle salt on salmon and tuna.
  3. Wash rice and soak in water for 30 minutes.
  4. Slice ginger and simmer in pineapple juice and amazu (sweet vinegar)*1.
  5. Slice bell pepper into strips and marinate in amazu (sweet vinegar).
  6. Slice cucumber and sprinkle with salt.
  7. Combine the crab meat flake and avocado, then squeeze sudachi in the mixture.
  8. Cut the flounder, salmon and kibinago into long strips.
  9. Cook rice. Once the rice is cooked, pour it out into Handai (large sushi-oke bowl), add vinegar and mix quickly as if you’re cutting the rice.


  1. Prepare a makisu (bamboo rolling mat) and lay sarashi (cotton cloth) on it.
  2. Arrange the pre-cut fish, vegetables and fruits on sarashi (cotton cloth) without any gaps.
  3. Place shiso leaves on top of the lined-up ingredients.
  4. Layer the pineapple ginger on top.
  5. Spread the crab avocado mixture above the pineapple ginger.
  6. Finally, evenly place 150g of rice on the top.
  7. Roll the finely layered ingredients in the makisu (bamboo rolling mat).
  8. Cut into bite-sized pieces.
Discover Manato Ueno

Manato Ueno is a Japanese chef. He discovered the unique savoir-faire of sushi mastery, from handling seasonal ingredients to traditional techniques, in a renown sushi restaurant in Ginza. After teaching the basics of Japanese cooking in Vietnam and Italy, as well as in Macau to open a sushi pop-up restaurant, he now works as a chef in Japan for private parties and events. Manato is a man who loves precision and excellence. He also loves to share his culinary art; his hospitality is greatly appreciated by those who know him and valued in various fields.

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