From Uchi, The Cookbook, by Tyson Cole and Jessica Dupuy

Smoked hamachi
24 ounces sugar
8 ounces kosher salt
3 to 5 cinnamon sticks
1/2 ounce cloves
1/2 ounce juniper berries
1 fillet hamachi (yellowtail)
2 ounces applewood chips, soaked 15 to 20 minutes

For the smoked hamachi
Place sugar and salt in large mixing bowl. Combine cinnamon, cloves, and juniper in a kitchen towel and crush with the back of a knife. Then place in a spice grinder until finely ground. Mix well with sugar and salt mixture. To prepare the fish for smoking, cut it down the middle between the pin bones. Remove the rib cage from the belly side and place it in a sheet pan. Trim all dark meat from the other half of the fish and add it to the sheet pan. Pour a generous amount of curing mixture over the fish and let cure, covered, in refrigeration for at least 2 to 3 hours. Remove excess cure from the fish, but be sure to leave a little on the surface. That will help the smoke hang on to the fish and add nice flavor. To smoke, fill a hotel pan or 9 x 13 baking pan with ice. Place the fish on top of the ice and place the half pan inside a deeper hotel pan. Add applewood chips to one side of the larger pan and cover with a hotel pan of equal size to create a closed box for smoking. Place the “smoking box” on the stove, making sure that only the side with the wood is exposed to the heat. Smoke on high for 7 minutes, then remove from heat and let smoke for additional 3 minutes. Remove from the smoker and let chill before serving.

Yucca chip
Soybean oil, enough to coat 2 inches of a pan
1 large yucca root (at least 24 ounces)

For the yucca chip
In a table-top fryer, or in a large sauce pot, heat oil to 350 degrees. With a mandolin, slice the yucca lengthwise to 1/16 inch thick. Fry the chips, a few at a time, in order to allow maximum oil coverage. You do not want them overlapping. Fry until they have caramelized to a slight golden brown, but do not let the color get too dark. Flip the chips halfway through the process to achieve an evenly fried chip. Remove from oil and place on paper towels to chain excess oil. Slightly salt chips while still warm. Reserve for later use.

1/2 garlic clove
1/2 Asian pear
1/2 ounce golden raisins
1/2 ounce Marcona almonds
1 splash white soy
2 drops orange-infused oil
1 pinch of micro chervil

With a very sharp knife, slice smoked hamachi into 1/4-inch slices. Place the sliced fish into a cold stainless bowl and reserve over ice. Dice the garlic into 1/16-inch pieces and reserve. Slice the Asian pear into 1/4-inch slices and reserve with hamachi. In the same bowl, toss the fish, pear, raisins and almonds with the white soy and orange oil. Add the diced garlic and toss well to coat. To serve, on a chilled plate, place one chip down with a piece of the sliced fish and pear on top. Add a bit of the almonds and raisins. Alternately layer chips with the pear, fish, raisins and almonds. Garnish plate with a bit of orange oil and micro chervil.