It has come to my attention that people are unaware of the greatest flavor combination of all time…peanut and avocado. I KNOW! I KNOW! It sounds insane, but if you just stick with me through this post, you’ll understand how these two foods can be unlikely friends. Tenzan, in Brooklyn, is the Japanese restaurant that opened my eyes to the revelation of peanut and avocado. I don’t know about other places, but this is just not a thing in Florida, so if you can get to New York and try this out DO IT!
Listen, I’ve had some disgusting flavor combinations in my life (Cheetos cupcake, I’m looking at you), so I know what works and what doesn’t. I am not easily fooled by a novelty, so trust me when I say a crunchy, almost candied, peanut works perfectly next to a creamy and fresh avocado. The flavors are quite mild, which means the texture really makes this what it is. The contradiction of smooth and crunchy is a sensation that everyone loves, whether it’s sprinkles on soft serve, a pecan crusted salmon, or even sushi!
You guys aren’t even ready. I am about to take this to the next level. As you can see, the classic peanut and avocado roll is lying on the back of the plate, looking beautiful. What’s in the front you ask? The Sunset Roll. I’m talking peanut, avocado, seaweed salad, fried tofu skin, with a little bit of eel sauce. Typing this, I know how scary it sounds, but this is easily my favorite roll of all time. It has the perfect balance of flavor, and just makes so much sense in your mouth. First you get the sweet and crunchy peanut, then the creamy avocado hits with the chew of the seaweed salad. Then at the very end you get the crisp skin with the incredibly savory eel sauce. It’s such a well thought out roll, and every time I force a friend to try it, they end up eating all of mine. If you can’t wrap your head around this one (come on), I recommend the plain peanut avocado roll. When you feel comfortable to level up, then we’ll talk more.
Tenzan not only makes a gorgeous steamed vegetable dumpling, but they have the two rolls that I crave when I’m away and run to when I’m in Brooklyn. It is a staple in my restaurant rotation, and I can’t recommend it enough!