Ahi palette dancer

  • Preparation Time60 mins
  • Cooking Time100 mins
  • DifficultyMedium

For the won tons

50 wonton wrappers
2L oil, for frying

For the ahi

3.6kg ahi grade #1, cut 2.5cm center logs
60g caribbean seasoning

For the salad

10g spring mix
2 heads napa cabbage, shredded julienned style thin
2 bunches freshly chopped coriander leaves
3 bunches spring onions, chopped small
1 package rice noodles, fried
3 small tins Mandarin oranges, drained
1 basket mushrooms, sliced thin
2.25kg candied walnuts
1.3kg toasted almonds
Citrus soy sesame vinaigrette

For the mango salsa

6 mangoes, diced small
1/2 jalapeno, minced, use only 1/2
1 red onion, minced
1 bunch freshly chopped coriander leaves
2 limes, juiced
15g sweet chilli sauce
Teriyaki glaze, to taste (from recipe below)

For the teriyaki glaze

20g minced fresh ginger
15g minced shallots
15g minced garlic
5 stalks lemongrass, bruised 7cm from bottom
1.9L teriyaki sauce (recommended: Kikkoman's)
475ml pineapple juice
475ml orange juice
450g light brown sugar
25g chilli flakes
Freshly ground white pepper
Cornflour slurry, as needed (cornflour mixed with water)
170g toasted white and black sesame seeds
85g wasabi tobiko caviar

For the citrus soy sesame vinaigrette

475ml Teriyaki Glaze (recipe above)
1 orange, zested
1/2 bunch fresh coriander leaves
120ml seasoned rice vinegar
30ml yuzu juice
1 tsp sesame oil
Salt and freshly ground white pepper
240ml salad oil

For the mango miso glaze

55ml seasoned rice vinegar
90ml Yuzu juice
120ml teriyaki glaze
80g yellow miso paste
120ml mango puree
470g mayonnaise
85g honey
1 tsp sesame oil
Salt and freshly ground white pepper

For the wasabi creme fraiche

470g mayonnaise
115g wasabi paste
85g sweetened condensed milk
30ml lime juice
30ml mirin wine
55g honey
Salt and freshly ground white pepper
1) For the won tons: Cut in triangles, and deep-fry in oil at 190C about 1 1/2 mins each side until golden brown. Place on 2 sheet pans with towels to catch oil. Season with salt and freshly ground white pepper.

2) For the ahi: Cut in square 2.5 by 2.5cm logs, 15cm wide, dredge in Caribbean seasoning and sear on all sides, set aside. Slice thin with serrated knife on cutting board. Keep saute pan hot with oil, and sear in batches using a long spatula and teriyaki glaze in squeeze bottle. Place seared ahi in hot pan, squeeze teriyaki into the pan and deglaze.

3) For the salad: Combine spring mix, shredded napa, coriander, oranges, spring onions, fried rice noodles, mushrooms, candied walnuts, and almonds. Toss all together in citrus soy sesame vinaigrette enough to wet and coat, but not soak, then mince it up, and save in bowl.

4) For the mango salsa: Place the mangos, jalapeno, red onion, coriander, lime juice, chilli sauce, teriyaki glaze, to taste, and toss together in bowl. Set aside.

5) For the teriyaki glaze: In stock pot, saute ginger, shallots, garlic and lemon grass. Deglaze with teriyaki sauce, pineapple juice and orange juice. Add brown sugar, chilli flakes and white pepper. When it comes to a boil on high heat, add cornflour slurry and sesame oil whisking until thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Set aside to cool. Place in squeeze bottle. Toast sesame seeds in a preheated 150C oven for about 10 mins.

5) For the citrus soy vinaigrette: Place everything in blender and drizzle in the oil until semi-thick and emulsified. Place into squeeze bottle.

6) For the miso mango glaze: In bowl mix all ingredients together, and strain. Set aside.

7) For the wasabi creme fraiche: Whisk all ingredients in a bowl and set aside.

8) For assembling: Place all won tons on 3 platters. Toss salad mix and coat with vinaigrette. Place on won tons, then crisscross ahi on top, then place mango salsa and drizzle wasabi creme fraiche in 1 direction, and miso mango glaze and teriyaki in another direction. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and garnish with tabiko.

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