As I mentioned in the classic cocktail post, an Asian Mignonette is an interesting and delectable variation for an oyster topping.
Having only tried it a few times at the schmanciest of restaurants, I was intrigued to see how the homemade version would stack up. Turns out: really darn well.
This particular blend has a depth of flavor that lends a whole new element to the oyster, but it still brings the tang you’re looking for with an oyster garnish. Again, if you’re working with quality oysters, I say go naked: splash of sauce and slurp.
1/2 cup of sake
2 shallots, minced
1/4 cup of minced ginger
1/2 cup of rice wine vinegar
3 teaspoons of soy sauce
3 tablespoon of chopped cilantro
3 green onions, chopped
- Mix all ingredients.
- Let sit for 30 minutes.
Aight, Imma be straight wichu: this has been in my backlog for months. And it’s not because I don’t think it’s good.
I actually can’t remember anything The Chef has cooked for me that wasn’t awesome… barring one incident with some enchiladas. And that was a disaster mostly because I was hopping around the kitchen on one leg with a large knife and we were too tired to be cooking anything more than frozen chicken nuggets. (And we actually forgot to turn the oven on when we tried to cook those, so that kind of indicates what level we were on that day.)
Anyway, I’ve been less than anxious to post this only because it’s not in my comfort zone, meaning it is not soup or pasta or a dip made with cream cheese.
But you know what? That’s exactly why it needs posting. This dish actually has some nutritional value and is pretty tasty when you sauce it up all Asian-like. And it’s downright different. So Free Yo Mind, y’all. The rest will follow.
6 oz baby bok choy, cleaned
2 tsp vegetable oil
2 tsp garlic. minced
1 tsp ginger, minced
2 tbsp scallions, thinly sliced
1 /2 tsp sesame oil
salt and pepper to taste
- Blanch and shock the bok choy.
- Heat the vegetable oil in a saute pan. Sweat the ginger, scallions, and garlic until tender.
- Add bok choy. Season with salt, pepper, and sesame oil.
I was cleaning up the ole WordPress today and ran across this dusty draft in my backlog. How it is possible to forget such a yummy recipe – especially one that involves not one but two types of soup – is beyond me. Let’s remedy that, shall we?
This is 2-for-1 in that it is The Chef’s recipe for both Shrimp Stock and Tom Yum Soup. Usually, if you don’t have the time or patience to make your stock, you can buy it; but the ingredient list on this sucker makes me think you should go traditional or go home.
And I’d wager that the flavor will be well worth it. Tom Yum is spicy, brothy Asian goodness, and the longer it simmers and permeates your house, the better it will be when you finally slurp it down.
1 tablespoon of olive oil
shells from 1 1/2 pounds of shrimp (shrimp reserved)
1 red bell pepper, chopped
stems of 1 lb shiitake shrooms
2 lemongrass stalks, rough chopped
3 inch piece of ginger, rough chopped
2 celery stalks, rough chopped
1 onion, rough chopped
2 tsp of tomato paste
1/2 cup rice wine (mirin)
enough water to cover
- Add oil to stock pot. Add shrimp shells and cook them until pink.
- Add the rice wine.
- Add the rest of the ingredients and enough water to cover. Simmer for about 45 minutes. Strain.
Tom Yum Soup:
1 tbsp peanut oil
1.5 lbs shrimp
2 tsp sesame oil
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 inch piece of ginger, chopped*
2 lemongrass stalks, chopped*
3 Thai chilies*
1/2 red onion, sliced thin
2 celery stalks, cut on the diagonal into 1-inch slices
1 tbsp chili powder
1 tbsp Thai fish sauce
1 lb mushrooms, sliced
8 cups shrimp stock
2 cups cilantro, no stems
1 lime, cut into quarters for garnish
cilantro for garnish
- Heat large pot over medium heat. Add peanut oil. Then add garlic, chiles, ginger, lemongrass, onions, celery, sesame oil, and chili powder. Saute, stirring occasionally, until the onion softens, 5 to 10 minutes.
- Add shrimp, mushrooms, and stock. Cook for about 15 minutes.
- Add fish sauce and cilantro.
- *Remove lemongrass, ginger, and Thai chilies.
- Serve with lime wedges and cilantro sprigs. Add soy sauce if you need salt.
The Chef warns that you will definitely have leftover stock, so freeze it for next time, and your Tom will be Yum in no time.
Happy Halloween Nummy Num Nums! Despite my intense exhaustion due to the weekend’s celebrations – i.e. Todd’s stupid ayse dressing up as the banker from Monopoly and leaving $1 million worth of fake money scattered all over Blair – I could not let this most high and holy of days pass without a recipe.
I know this recipe isn’t for severed fingers or brain soup or whatever other disgusting “treat” Sandra Lee is no doubt whipping up today, but it is orange and therefore festive all on its own!
The Chef says this sauce is great sauce for grilled chicken, pork or even seared duck. It does sound pretty tangy and delicious, and were we not planning on feasting on some shockingly cheap Chanterelles The Chef procured from Costco for dinner, I’d be demanding duck for All Hallow’s Eve. (Luckily these shrooms are orangish on their own, so we shall be totally “wealthy” and seasonal with our supper either way.)
And if you’re looking to waste a little time today, here’s a little Monster Squad for your viewing pleasure. Yes, this is as scary as it gets for me. OH IT’S SPOOKY!
1 12 oz jar of apricot jelly
1/2 tsp sesame oil
1 tbsp minced ginger
1/2 tsp garlic minced
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
- Place all ingredients in a saucepan and cook on low until the preserves are fully melted.
- Dunzo. Sauce and serve.
Earlier in the year I posted a great Thai Shrimp recipe that uses sweet chili sauce. I noted that I should start making my own but never got around to doing so. Ripley also posted a fried green tomato recipe that uses sweet chili sauce and noted that the Chef’s fav is Mae Ploy. With good premade ones already out there, it is hard to get motivated to make your own. However, it is simple with few ingredients and keeps well in the fridge. Making it at home means no preservatives and additives. – ts
1/2 cup white vinegar
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup sugar, adjust according to your desired sweetness
6-8 small red chili peppers, chopped finely
1/2 tsp red chili paste
2 cloves garlic, chopped finely
2 (2 inch each) orange peel, julienned finely
1 – 2 tsp cornstarch
1 Tbsp water
- Combine ingredients for thickener in a small bowl and mix well then set aside.
- In a saucepan, combine vinegar, water, sugar, chili, garlic, orange peel, chili paste. Heat over medium heat . Stir until sugar is dissolved.
- Simmer until all ingredients has softened.
- Slowly whisk in cornstarch mixture and cook until it thickens. NOTE: Add cornstarch mixture slowly so as to avoid becoming too thick. If you accidentally add too much cornstarch mixture and the sauce becomes too thick, you can thin it out by adding a little bit more water and cooking it a little bit longer.
- Remove from heat and cool before serving or refrigerating.
This is the less-creamy, more tangy version of your standard coconut rice. Lemongrass and ginger are always fun. Plus you get to infuse something here, and that makes everyone feel much more culinarily-empowered.
2 cups of vegetable stock (recipe coming soon)
2 lemongrass stalks, chopped
2-inch piece of ginger, chopped
1 cup of jasmine rice
splash of coconut milk
salt to taste
- Heat stock in a sauce pot. Add ginger and lemongrass. Simmer for 15 minutes.
- Strain Stock. Add rice to pot with infused stock. Bring to boil.
- Once it comes to a boil, cover and turn off heat. Let steam for 20 minutes.
- Add a splash of coconut milk, stir and serve.
Chef John and I use my wok at the least 2 times a week because well I have an unhealthy relationship with Asian food and we love my wok. We make about a dozen varieties of fried rice, but Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s is hands down the best recipe. It is so simple and clean yet extremely flavorful; it’s unlike any other fried rice I have had. Like all fried-rice dishes, you must start this one with leftover rice; fresh rice is simply too moist. Bittman suggests using white rice from Chinese takeout; not a bad call. The recipe calls for jasmine rice, almost any rice will do as long as it is a day old. Also the original recipe calls for cooking the rice in rendered fat; I am just using peanut oil. Unlike other one pot fried rice dishes, this one has a couple steps but is 100% worth the effort. I highly recommend sprinkling some fried pancetta along with the ginger and garlic. Of course Jean-George serves this by molding it into beautiful mounds and tops each with egg and garnish. -ts
A Mark Bittman adaption of a Jean-Georges Vongerichten recipe, with a few tweaks. Serves 2.
1/3 – 1/2 cup peanut oil
2 tablespoons minced garlic
2 tablespoons minced ginger
1 cup thinly sliced leeks, white and light green parts only, rinsed and dried
1 cup day-old cooked rice, preferably jasmine, at room temperature
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons sesame oil
2 teaspoons soy sauce
- In a large skillet, heat peanut oil over medium heat. Add garlic and ginger and cook, stirring occasionally, until crisp and brown. With a slotted spoon, transfer to paper towels and salt lightly.
- Reduce heat under skillet to medium-low and add 2 tablespoons oil and leeks. Cook about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until very tender but not browned. Season lightly with salt.
- Raise heat to medium and add rice. Cook, stirring well, until heated through and almost crispy. Season to taste with sesame oil and soy sauce.
- In a nonstick skillet, fry eggs in remaining oil, sunny-side-up, until edges are set but yolk is still runny.
- Divide rice among two dishes. Top each with an egg and drizzle a little more sesame oil and soy sauce. Sprinkle crisped garlic and ginger (and pancetta if using) over everything and serve.
This is a super simple, standard, and healthy fish dish. You can serve it with any favorite side. I love miso, and with all the different varieties widely available these days, you can pretty much use it with all recipes. I would suggest dark miso for meats and light miso for seafood. One amazing idea from the amazing chef David Chang that I plan on using extensively, MISO BUTTER (Ming Tsai also is a miso butter fan)! All you have to do is combine white miso with room temp butter. Slab this on corn, potatoes, steak, pasta, asparagus, bok choy, legumes; the options are endless and delicious. Fun fact about miso, like sushi, it originated in China but is more associated with Japanese cuisine as they are the ones that refined the process of making and incorporating it in their cuisines. In the 7th century miso became a necessary part of the samurai diet. -ts
2 skinless cod fillets (6 ounces each)
1/4 cup sake
1/4 cup white miso paste
Less then 1/4 cup sugar
- In a small saucepan, combine sake, miso, and sugar. Whisking constantly, cook over medium heat until sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat, and let cool completely.
- Coat pyrex with grapeseed oil (any oil will do); add fish, and coat with sauce (you will not need all the sauce as that is enough to coat 4 filets). Let them marinade for about an hour.
- Heat broiler. Broil until fillets are browned on top and opaque in the center, 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from oven; serve immediately.
Last night’s dinner was not cooked by me! Chef John and I went to one of my favorite ramen noodle joints in NYC, Hide-Chan. Ramen joints are popping up everywhere in NYC, but a lot are mediocre; this one is NOT. It is incredible, and I highly recommend it (my #1 favorite noodle joint is Ippudo, but it inevitably will have a two hour wait). If all you know about ramen is college (or perhaps even current) memories of pouring hot water in a styrofoam bowl, then prepare to have your mind blown!
At Hide-Chan there are only a few menu items, and all soups are made with a pork broth. I ordered the Hakata Kuro Ramen, served with inky ma-yu roasted garlic oil that coated everything black (think squid ink). The incredible smells are oozing out of this bowl which also included green onions, tree ears, seaweed and tender pork slices. I of course added the spicy oil because that is how we roll at NummyNumNum. Everything in this soup works, the textures, flavors, smells all amazingly perfect. Seeing as it is FREEZING here, this was the perfect Wednesday night meal. We also got the pork buns, which are not the best I have had but still does the trick! To be honest, I have never met a pork bun I didn’t like. Roasted pork, soft bun bread and mayo? Seriously you just can’t mess that up. An item I noticed this time around was raw octopus in a spicy wasabi sauce. It was fresh, crunchy, refreshing and a perfect way to start this meal. As always, you have to order a big mug of Kirin because it pairs perfectly with this hearty Japanese comfort food. -ts
Because Mother Nature is a temperamental manic depressive, she has decided we need one more grossly cold blast this season before she gives it up to spring like she knows she’s gonna. What a sneaky trick.
Because of this, we at Nummy would like to offer you one last warm soup for cold weather. This is Chef Ben Smith’s recipe from Tsunami, and when Chef Bear Bear made it (sorry buddy – you can’t show me e-mails like that and expect me not to pick up that nickname), everyone was a big fan of the lemongrass bite and the creamy coconut flavor. Put yo’self a pot on today.
4 tbsp unsalted butter
1 yellow onion, sliced
1 tbsp ginger, peeled and minced
5 large sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
4 stalks fresh lemongrass, white part only, minced
2 jalapenos, seeded and minced
1 13.5 oz of coconut milk
6 cups of water
salt to taste
- In a stockpot, melt butter and add onions. Saute the onions until soft and add ginger, sweet potatoes, lemongrass, and jalapenos. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add coconut milk and water and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook until potatoes are soft, about 40 minutes. Season with salt and puree the soup while still warm.
Barrett likes to top creamy soups like this with toasted walnuts or something similar to give it a crunch, and I second that emotion.