Previously, on tastingmenu.wordpress.com –
I was thinking about what to make for dinner Thursday night and there’re so many things I’ve prepared and written about. Then I just happened to hear Copland’s Simple Gifts (from Appalachian Spring) and the words “…’Tis the gift to be simple, ’tis the gift to be free…”. By coincidence, I happened upon:
http://worldofnobu.com/img/dishes/sea_bass.jpg or alternately,
…and the dish was (Chilean) Sea Bass Dashi Ponzu With Asparagus And Shiitake. The Dashi Ponzu sauce is astonishingly simple; it’s equal parts of dashi and ponzu (see Nobu West, pgs. 244,248,249). The dish is currently on the menus of Nobu Dubai and Moscow.
So I prepare the sauce and set it aside.
I prepared the chilean seabass much as I did in Nobu’s Chilean Seabass And Truffles With Yuzu Soy Butter Sauce. While the fish was cooking in the countertop oven, a bunch of asparagus got blanched and I sauteed
about 4 ounces of sliced shiitake. Once the asparagus and fish was done, I plated the asparagus and topped it with the fish. To
the top of the fish, I added the shiitake mushrooms. Finally, I poured 4 tablespoons of sauce over each serving of the dish.
Upon trying the dish, my wife and I both commented on how the flavors were ‘very Japanese’; the dashi definitely upped the umami quotient in the dish and the ponzu added that extra salt sparkle and acidity to counter the richness of the chilean seabass. The simply sauteed mushrooms added that earthy bite to the dish and the asparagus provided grassy notes with that bit of textural crunch.
I’d be curious to try this dish with black cod or king salmon…..