Japanese inspired tuna burgers and togarashi fries

A while ago I stumbled upon a delicious tuna burger recipe which had a lot of Japanese ingredients. Unfortunately, I soon lost the recipe but I was set on recreating the flavours on my own. So, here we have it, my own version of a Japanese Inspired Tuna Burgers. I’ve also added a few suggestions for serving – togarashi fries, spicy gochujang mayo and wasabi mayo. I used Kewpie mayo which is a Japanese mayo and it tastes amazing! But you can use standard mayo as well.

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Japanese inspired tuna burgers and togarashi fries

Serves 2 | Prep 10 mins | Cooking 30 mins


You’ll need:

For the burgers

  • 2 tuna fillets (around 240g), chopped;
  • Thumb-sized piece ginger, finely chopped;
  • 2 spring onions, finely chopped;
  • 1 red chilli, finely chopped;
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce;
  • 1/2 tsp wasabi;
  • 1/4 tsp chilli sauce (or chilli flaked).

For the chips

  • 400g frozen chips;
  • 1 tsp togarashi chilli powder.
  • 6 tbsp kewpie (Japanese) mayo (or normal mayo);
  • 1 tbsp gochujang paste.

To serve

  • 2 tbsp kewpie mayo;
  • 1 tsp wasabi;
  • burger buns;
  • salad (sliced lettuce, tomato, radish, cucumber etc);
  • crispy onions.

For the burgers: add the tuna, ginger, spring onions and red chilli to a chopped and blitz them until finely chopped and mince has formed. Add the wet ingredients and blitz again. Form two patties from the mixture. Put on a plate, wrap with cling film and leave in the fridge for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, cook the chips according to pack instructions.

While the chips are cooking, prepare your burger ingredients toppings and the two mayos. For the Wasabi mayo, mix 1 tsp wasabi and 2 tbsp kewpie mayo together (you’ll use this for the burgers). For the spicy Gochujang mayo, mix 6 tbsp kewpie mayo with 1 tbsp Gochujang paste.

When the chips are almost ready, heat a griddle pan to high. Once hot, cook the two patties for two minutes on each side, until well browned on each side. When ready, leave them to rest on a board. Halve the burger buns and add face down to the griddle pan to heat a little. Spread some wasabi mayo to the bottom of each bun, followed by the tuna burgers, and any toppings of your choosing (or as suggested above). Serve with the togarashi fries and spicy gochujang mayo.

Previously posted on this date:

== 2018 ==
* Red Velvet Rainbow Cake: https://foodnotesdotblog.wordpress.com/2018/06/10/red-velvet-rainbow-cake/


My Month in Food – April (Part 1)

As you know I love eating out almost as much I love cooking at home. However, this blog is more about inspiring you to cook at home while also giving you some ideas of where you can eat out in Glasgow. Over the past few months, I felt that My Week of Food posts were almost as frequent as my recipe posts so I took a wee break from them and concentrated on posting more recipes. I wanted to keep blogging about new stuff I try so I’m going to continue posting about new places I try and do a monthly or bi-monthly update (depending on how much new stuff I try). This is the first a new breed of posts and I’ve split into two parts because I managed to try quite a lot of new places in April!

Revolution de Cuba – Brunch – City Centre


Revolution de Cuba launched their brunch menu back in April and it’s actually a pretty good deal. For £15 you get a brunch dish, a glass of prosecco and a brunch cocktail. Very decent eh? I met some blogger pals to give it a try and we all left pretty satisfied. We didn’t try the cocktails on that occasion but I will definitely be back to give them a shot too. I had the breakfast burrito and a latte. The burrito lacked a bit of spice and was a bit dry but overall wasn’t bad. It’s not the best brunch in town, but it’s pretty decent.

  • Price: £ – most breakfast dishes were around £8, and the brunch deal for £15 is pretty decent!
  • Good for: The food is okay and the atmosphere is nice. It’s a good spot to meet friends.

Smashburger – Dinner – City Centre


Smashburger opened on Sauchiehall street a few months ago, and it’s one of the newest burger joints in town. It’s a fairly large chain but I hadn’t come across it before. Glasgow is already quite crowded when it comes to good burgers so my excitement was limited about a new chain restaurant opening. However, I wanted to give it a try since I do love a good burger. It’s pretty standard when it comes to the interior – a standard fast food package. As for the food, there is a good variety of burgers to chose from. I went for the Triple Double which comes with two smashed burger patties, triple cheese and the usual suspects (lettuce, tomato, pickles, onion). My friends had the Bacon Cheeseburger and we shared a portion of Smashfries, Sweet potato Smashfires and Fried Pickles. As far as fast food goes – it was alright. As far as burgers in Glasgow go… well I’d say that our little independent joints have a lot more to offer.

  • Price: £ – Burgers are around the £6-8 mark, sides around £3.
  • Good for: Fast food burgers with a good choice of toppings.

Tuk Tuk – Dinner – City Centre


Tuk Tuk has now been in Glasgow for a wee bit and they also have a longer standing spot in Edinburgh. They offer Indian food served in small dishes so it’s perfect for sharing with friends. In my humble opinion, it’s one of the best places to have quick, no fuss, tasty Indian food in Glasgow. The restaurant on Sauchiehall Street is also well decorated and creates a really nice atmosphere when dining there. Their curries pack a lot of flavours and spice (menu options specify which dishes are for the spice lovers) and really do Indian food right. Also, they serve the best garlic naan you can find in Glasgow (though don’t worry, I will continue test tasting this for you…).  The Railways Station Lamb is one of my favourite dishes there, along with the Lamb Lasooni, but almost everything I’ve tried in there has been excellent. Do pay them a visit on Sauchiehall street when you have a chance.

  • Price: ££ – small dishes are priced around £6, and you will need a few to share.
  • Good for: Indian food, sharing plates, small dishes.

I hope you will enjoy visiting some of these places. If you do, let me know what you thought in the comments below! You can now read Part 2 here.