Korean-style Steamed Abalones

Ingredients

6 abalones
3 walnuts
6 gingko nuts
2 cups green sweet peas
radish and parsley to garnish

Sauce

3 tbsp soy sauce
1-1/2 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp rice wine
3 cloves garlic
1 piece ginger
dash black pepper
1/8 tsp sesame oil
1/2 cup water

Method

  1. Clean the abalones and scald in boiling salted water.
  2. Remove the shells and entrails from the abalones. Score the insides at 1/4″ intervals crosswise and lengthwise.
  3. Soak the walnuts in hot water and peel off the inner skin using a toothpick.
  4. Fry the shelled gingko nuts with salt until the color becomes green. Rub off the skins.
  5. Boil the sauce ingredients in a pan, add the abalones and simmer.
  6. On a skewer, string the gingko nut, abalone and walnut alternately. Place the skewered food on the shell of the abalone.
  7. Boil the green peas in salted water and stir-fry lightly. Spread them on a plate and arrange the abalone in the shells on top.
  8. Garnish with the red radish and parsley before serving.

Source: Low-fat Korean Cooking


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Sweetfish Fried with River Algae

Ingredients

4 ayu (sweetfish), air-cured overnight, substitute with small trout
8 sheets kawa nori (dried river algae), substitute with ao nori (green nori), minced
vegetable oil
1 cup all-purpose (plain) flour
1/3 cup (40 g) katakuri starch (from Japanese dog’s tooth violet), substitute with potato or cornstarch
4 sudachi (small acidic citrus fruit), halved, substitute with lemon wedges

Method

  1. Wash sweetfish thoroughly under running water to remove any sliminess and grit. Wipe gently with a paper towel.
  2. Place on your cutting board lengthwise with the head away from you. Insert the tip of your knife, keeping the blade flat, from the tip of its head and cut along the dorsal fin making a shallow incision.
  3. Continue to make the incision deeper until you can feel the backbone against your knife.
  4. Continue the incision through the head to butterfly cut the head. Remove the gills and entrails by running your blade lightly.
  5. Wash the butterfly filleted fish in lightly salted water.
  6. Dissolve 2 tablespoons natural sea salt in 4 cups water. Soak the filleted fish in the salt water for about 1 hour. Drain and place the filleted sweetfish, skin side down on a flat basket and air-cure overnight in a dry, cool place, preferably with some wind.
  7. Press minced kawa nori evenly on the sweetfish before air-curing.
  8. Pour vegetable oil in a pan until it reaches 6 inches in depth. Heat to 325°F (160°C).
  9. Sift the flour and katakuri (or other) starch together. Coat the sweetfish in the flour mixture, then deep-fry the fish until nicely browned.
  10. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towel. Cut into three pieces and serve with sudachi halves (or lemon wedges).

Makes 4 servings.

Source: Shunju New Japanese Cuisine


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Stir-fried Tofu and Beansprouts with Noodles

Ingredients

8 oz firm tofu
peanut oil, for deep frying
6 oz medium egg noodles
l tbsp sesame oil
l tsp cornflour
1/2 tsp dark soy sauce
2 tbsp Chinese rice wine
l tsp sugar
6-8 spring onions, cut diagonally into l-inch lengths
3 garlic cloves, sliced
1 green chili, seeded and sliced
4 oz Chinese cabbage leaves, coarsely shredded
2 oz beansprouts
2 oz cashew nuts, toasted

Method

  1. Drain the tofu and pat dry with kitchen paper. Cut the tofu into 1-inch cubes.
  2. Half-fill a large heated wok with peanut oil and heat to 180°C/350°F.
  3. Deep fry the tofu cubes in batches for 1-2 minutes, until golden and crisp. Drain on crumpled kitchen paper.
  4. Carefully pour all but 2 tbsp of the oil from the wok.
  5. Cook the noodles. Rinse them under cold water and drain well. Toss in 2 tsp of sesame oil and set aside.
  6. In a bowl, blend together the cornflour, soy sauce, rice wine, sugar and remaining sesame oil.
  7. Reheat the 2 tbsp of peanut oil and, when hot, add the spring onions, garlic, chili, Chinese cabbage and beansprouts. Stir-fry for 1-2 minutes.
  8. Add the tofu with the noodles and sauce. Stir-fry for about 1 minute until well mixed. Sprinkle with the cashew nuts. Serve at once.

Makes 4 servings.

Source: Essential Vegetarian


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Cowboy’s Buns

Ingredients

6 crusty white rolls
1/4 cup butter, melted
8 oz Dutch pork smoked sausage
1 small onion, finely chopped
7 oz can baked beans
watercress sprigs, to garnish

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F).
  2. Cut tops off rolls and set aside. Hollow out centres of rolls, leaving a thin wall of bread. Brush insides of rolls with 9 teaspoons of the butter.
  3. Wrap foil around each roll, leaving the top open. Place on a baking sheet and put in the oven for 10 minutes to heat through.
  4. Simmer the sausage in boiling water for 10 minutes.
  5. Fry the onion in the remaining butter until slightly softened and transparent.
  6. Cut the sausage into thin slices and stir into the onion. Add the beans and heat through.
  7. Remove the foil from the rolls, then spoon in the sausage mixture. Replace the bread tops and return to the oven for a further 2-3 minutes.
  8. Garnish with sprigs of watercress and serve at once.

Makes 6 servings.

Source: The Book of Breakfasts and Brunches


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Fillet of Beef Stuffed with Mushrooms

Ingredients

1 whole piece of fillet of beef, preferably the middle part (about 2 lb)
1 cup dry white wine
1/2 cup butter or oil
1 small glass brandy
1 bay leaf
1 pinch thyme (optional)
salt
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
10 oz fresh mushrooms, or 1-1/2 tablespoons dried mushrooms, soaked in water, squeezed dry and sliced
mushrooms and parsley to garnish

Method

  1. Put the beef in a bowl, add the white wine, and leave to marinate overnight.
  2. Melt in a pan half the butter, add the brandy, bay leaf, thyme, and salt to taste.
  3. Add the onion and cook slowly until golden.
  4. Add the mushrooms and continue cooking until done. Set aside.
  5. Drain the beef, reserving the marinade, and make an incision along the narrow side with a sharp knife.
  6. Stuff with the mushroom mixture, seal the two ends with 2 pieces of meat from the inside of the fillet, and tie the meat with string to keep the stuffing inside.
  7. Brown the fillet on all sides over high heat in the remaining butter or oil, baste it with some of the marinade, cover the pan, lower the heat, and continue cooking for about 40 minutes — or less, according to taste.
  8. Alternatively the fillet may be cooked in the oven. Baste with the cooking juices from time to time.
  9. Serve the steak sliced, with the cooking juices, and garnish with whole mushrooms sauteed in butter, and parsley.

Makes 4 to 6 servings.

Source: The Cook’s Book


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