Bonito, wasabi leaf dressing, wasabi flowers

Bonito, wasabi leaf dressing, wasabi flowers

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From
Supernormal
Serves
6
Photographer
Earl Carter

A thriving wasabi industry has been established in Tasmania over the past decade or so. The fresh wasabi leaves and flowers have a subtle floral flavour unlike the harsh industrially processed stuff (that often contains no wasabi at all).

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
250ml rice wine vinegar
140g sugar
2 tablespoons salt
400g bonito fillets, skin on
6 wasabi flower shoots and smaller leaves

Wasabi leaf dressing

Quantity Ingredient
1 tablespoon Spring onion oil
1 tablespoon ground wasabi sauce, (preferably Hawasabi brand)
small pinch sugar
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 1/2 teaspoons grapeseed oil
2 wasabi leaves, shredded

Method

  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, place the vinegar, sugar and salt along with 500 ml water. Heat until the sugar has dissolved, taking care not to let it boil. Remove the pan from the heat, transfer the liquid to a bowl and allow this pickling liquid to cool in the refrigerator.
  2. If your bonito fillets are small, remove the pin bones with tweezers. If your fillets are larger, remove the bones by using a knife to cut down either side of the central bones and the bloodline.
  3. Submerge the bonito in the pickling liquid and refrigerate for 45 minutes.
  4. To make the wasabi leaf dressing, stir all the ingredients together in a small bowl. Taste and adjust the seasoning with salt if needed.
  5. Remove the bonito fillets from the pickling liquid and pat them dry with paper towel.
  6. Using a blowtorch, scorch the skin side of the fish only until blistered. Alternatively, the fillets can be placed under a hot grill or salamander to scorch the skin.
  7. Lay the fillet, skin side up, on a chopping board and slice the bonito into 5 mm slices.
  8. Arrange 5 slices on each serving plate and add 1 teaspoon of dressing on and around the bonito. To finish, arrange the wasabi flower shoots and small leaves on and around the sliced fish.
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super normal
andrew
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