This challenge made me experiment on something i've been planning on trying at home, tempura sushi. Love it! love it! another way to present your sushi. It's like two in one...sushi/tempura.. ha!
I used Nobu's tempura batter and Simple Butter Ponzu Sauce recipes from his book "Nobu Now". The batter was "so, so" i still want my batter w/o eggs. I believe that tempura will stay crispy longer sans the eggs.
The Ponzu Sauce added another layer of flavor to the tempura, Yum!
SIMPLE BUTER PONZU SAUCE:
4 T ponzu****
1 T melted clarified butter
4 T soy sauce
8 T rice vinegar
2 T lemon juice
3/4 inch square piece of konbu*(omit if you can't find them)
Mix all the ponzu ingredients (better if you soak this overnight) then add the melted clarified butter.
Butter ponzu sauce needs to be served immediately because the fat will separate when it cools down.
1 egg yolk
6 3/4 fl oz. iced water
3 1/2 AP flour
1. Make the tempura batter by lightly mixing the ingredients.
2. Blanch the vegetables or seafood briefly if raw.
3. Heat oil for deep frying to 355 degrees F. Dust the vegetables or seafoods lightly with flour, dip in the batter and fry in the hot oil for about 2 minutes. With the sushi, you can dip them straight into the batter.
4. Place finished tempura pieces on a wire rack so that excess oil can drip off. Continue frying the other items, frequently scooping out any bits of batter to keep the oil clean and prevent the oil (and the remaining tempura) from getting a burned flavor.
Butternut Squash (must blanch them first before frying)
Sweet Potatoes (must blanch first before frying)
Tempura- Sushi, Sweet Potatoes, Butternutsquash, Green Beans!
COLD SOBA NOODLES, A WONDERFUL "GO TO" LUNCH OR DINNER. HEALTHY AND SO FILLING.
2 quarts (2 Liters) water + 1 cup cold water, separate
12 oz (340 g) dried soba (buckwheat) noodles (or any Asian thin noodle)
Cooking the noodles:
1.Heat 2 quarts of water to a boil in a large pot over high heat. Add the noodles a small bundle at a time, stirring gently to separate. When the water returns to a full boil, add 1 cup of cold water. Repeat this twice. When the water returns to a full boil, check the noodles for doneness. You want to cook them until they are firm-tender. Do not overcook them.
2.Drain the noodles in a colander and rinse well under cold running water until the noodles are cool. This not only stops the cooking process, but also removes the starch from the noodles. This is an essential part of soba noodle making. Once the noodles are cool, drain them and cover them with a damp kitchen towel and set them aside allowing them to cool completely.
Spicy Dipping Sauce:
¾ cup 70gm/2½ oz spring onions/green onions/scallions, finely chopped
3 tablespoons soy sauce- it's a must to use Japanese soy sauce like Kikkoman to achieve the flavor.
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
½ teaspoon granulated sugar
¼ teaspoon Asian mustard powder
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 tablespoon sesame oil (if you can’t find this just omit from recipe.)
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste - roughly 1/3 a teaspoon of each
1. Shake all the ingredients together in a covered container. Once the salt has dissolved, add and shake in 2 tablespoons of water and season again if needed
TOPPED WITH FRIED TOFU, EGGS, SCALLIONS AND SESAME SEEDS.
Cold Soba Noodles with crispy tofu and eggs. Garnished with sesame seeds and scallions.