Saturday, October 03, 2009
When Asian Food Grocer and foodbuzz made it possible for me to log on to their site and order up some goodies gratis I spent days deciding what I wanted since I have access to so much of this kind of stuff right here in sunny New York City, but after I decided and after it arrived I was more psyched than a bee at the botanical garden.
I didnt stop at making one thing or even one kind of thing I rolled up my sleeves and got busy. First thing was some panko crusted fried plantains similar to a banana pakora but with a twist. I mashed up some ripe plantains and mixed them with sifted flour to form a dough, this banana dough was formed into a disc and a piece of mozzarella was placed in the center and sealed in to form a ball. The entire fritter was coated in the panko and fried until golden.
These plantain treats are perfect with a squeeze of lime a sprinkle of vanilla sugar and a tamarind dipping sauce, sweet but not too sweet and oh so satisfying.
If you think I stopped there then you need to stop right here. I also picked up some nori and some black sesame seeds. And since my little guy lives for sushi and I live for him that answered that.
Seaweed wrapped and sesame seed coated spicy tuna with masago, looking like a leopard.
High contrast black and white with a little salmon roe.
Rolled and stuffed from both ends.
Spicy tuna on top of tasty rice with a spine of salmon roe.
Simple straight forward tuna rounded out our little sushi feast with a little nod to India featuring the fritters, so we have Japan and the Indo-Pakistan regions mildly covered, I am just warming up.
Stay tuned I will be exploring Asia a little further and it wont be no occident!
Posted by Christo Gonzales at 5:35 PM