If You're Curious About the "Sushi Bake", Here's Where to Get It

Choose from variants like kani to salmon truffle.

If you're part of food communities online, you've probably encountered "sushi bake" on your social media feeds. Together, these two words may not make sense for sushi purists (as sushi typically uses raw fish) but there is such a thing as cooked or baked sushi. 

"Sushi bake" is deconstructed sushi that's baked in a pan or casserole. It's a ginormous, flattened-out sushi, made with a layer of fluffy Japanese rice, baked and shredded fish, topped with tobiko eggs. Once baked, this is served with nori sheets. You just need to scoop a spoonful of the baked sushi and wrap it in a nori sheet—like tacos! A quick Google shows that video recipe tutorials on sushi bake have existed as early as 2015, but not much is known about its origins.

Want to try this food trend? Here are places that deliver sushi bake:

Sushi Nori

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Sushi Nori has come out with Oiishi Trays, which are exclusively available via delivery. They currently offer four variants that are good for two to four people: the Aburi Oiishi Tray (P699), which has salmon, tamago, ebiko, blow-torched signature aburi sauce, spring onions, and nori sheets; Crazy Kani Oiishi Tray (P599), which comes with kani, crunchy tempura flakes, ebiko, teriyaki mayo, spring onions, and nori sheets; as well as spicy versions of the two variants mentioned. You can have your trays delivered from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

For orders, visit Sushi Nori's delivery site.

Sushi Bake MNL

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You can also get your fill of "sushi bake" from Instagram purveyor Sushi Bake MNL. You can choose from Pure Kani and Pure Kani Mango, which go for P1,000 for a nine-inch round tray, and P1,800 for a large rectangular tray that serves seven to 10. There's also a Half N Half option if you want to try both variants. You can order extra seaweed for P50. All orders are delivered through their designated delivery service, so no need to book a courier!

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For orders, visit Sushi Bake MNL's Instagram page.

Oomori Japanese Cuisine

Oomori's sushi bake variants are for those who want more flavor options. Aside from the California (P1,450) sushi bake, they offer not-so-common variants like Salmon Truffle (P1,300), Salmon Teriyaki (P1,300), and Wasabi Cheese Melt (P1,200). If you want a bit of everything in one go, they also have the 4-in-1 tray (P1,450) so you can try all four offerings. All variants come with nori sheets and is good for five to six people. Pro tip: They can torch your order for you—just indicate "Aburi" under the special request section on their site.

For orders, visit Oomori's delivery site.

Red Mittens PH

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Red Mittens PH has been whipping up meals and baked sweets from their family kitchen, and they have added Sushi Bake (P480/good for two to three, P1,200/good for six to eight, P3,000/good for 15 to 18) to their menu. They take it a notch further with their newest item, Sushi Beef (P530/good for two to three, P1,350/good for six to eight, P3,400/good for 15 to 18), which follows the same concept as that of the "sushi bake" but with beef teriyaki. Just order via their Facebook or Instagram and pay via bank transfers to BDO or BPI, or GCash.

If you're the type who wants to experiment in the kitchen, it's possible to whip up your own "sushi bake" at home. Here, Bryna Torres shares her recipe:

  • 1 1/2 cups Japanese rice 
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup rice vinegar
  • Furikake
  • 1/2 cup Japanese mayonnaise
  • Korean nori sheets
  • Crab sticks or imitation crabs
  • Salmon (baked and unseasoned)
  • Ebiko eggs or tobiko eggs
  • Sriracha
  • Optional: Seaweed nori flakes rice toppings

Torres was able to pick up the ingredients by ordering them through Kobeya Japanese Foodmart (Makati) and Soo Market Koreaan Grocery (Kapitolyo, Pasig). 

Instructions:

  1. Cook the Japanese rice.
  2. Preheat oven to 350ºC.
  3. Shred the crab sticks and the salmon, then mix it with the cream cheese, Japanese mayonnaise, and Sriracha sauce.
  4. Pour rice vinegar in cooked rice and toss together. Spread and press it lightly on the casserole.
  5. Sprinkle the furikake on top. Optional: add your preferred nori flakes.
  6. Spread the crab and salmon mixture on top of the rice, then top with tobiko eggs.
  7. Bake it in the oven for five to 10 minutes until the top layer browns.
  8. Serve with nori seaweed sheets and use the sheets as wraps.
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Additional tip: Torres also has a homemade dipping sauce which makes use of two tablespoons each of rice vinegar and Kikkoman soy sauce, and one teaspoon of sugar.

Main images from Oomori Japanese Cuisine's website and Sushi Nori's Facebook page.

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