Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. 1 pound char, skinless, 1/2-inch dice

  2. 1/2 tablespoon rinsed, minced fermented black beans

  3. 1 tablespoon minced ginger

  4. 1 cup shiitake mushrooms , 1/8-inch dice

  5. 2 scallions , sliced 1/16-inch

  6. 1/4 cup celery , diced 1/16-inch

  7. 3 tablespoons aioli, below

  8. 1 cup all purpose flour, in a shallow dish

  9. 4 eggs, beaten, in a shallow dish

  10. 1 cup panko, in a shallow dish

  11. 1 cup baby romaine, 1/16-inch ribbons

  12. Salt and white pepper to taste

  13. Canola oil to cook

  14. 2 egg yolks*

  15. 1 tablespoon sambal

  16. 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

  17. 2 cups canola oil

  18. 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

  19. Salt and black pepper to taste

  20. 1 cup balsamic vinegar

  21. 1/4 cup Chinese vinegar

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. In a medium non-stick saute pan, coat lightly with oil and saute black beans and ginger until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add mushrooms and cook until soft. Continue cooking until all moisture is evaporated. Set aside to cool. In a chilled bowl, combine fish with mushroom mix, scallions, celery and aioli. Make sure to mix gently as not to break up the fish. Season with salt and pepper. Form small, round cakes, about 1 1/2 inches in diameter, 1/2-inch thick. Dredge in flour, then egg, then panko and fry at 350 degrees until golden brown, about 3 to 4 minutes. The cakes should not be cooked completely through.

  2. For the aioli use a food processor , add yolks, sambal and mustard. Slowly drizzle in oil to emulsify. Add juice and season. Will keep in the refrigerator for 2 weeks.

  3. *RAW EGG WARNING Food Network Kitchens suggest caution in consuming raw and lightly-cooked eggs due to the slight risk of Salmonella or other food-borne illness. To reduce this risk, we recommend you use only fresh, properly-refrigerated, clean, grade A or AA eggs with intact shells, and avoid contact between the yolks or whites and the shell.

  4. In a small non-reactive saucepan , reduce the vinegars on low heat by 80 percent until a syrup consistency is achieved. Let cool.

  5. PLATING On small plates, place a small mound of romaine. Zig-zag syrup on plate and over romaine. Top with hot cake.

  6. Wine Suggestion: Veuve Cliquot Blanc de Blanc


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