asian tuna tartare bites
One of my favorite moments on Top Chef, when they are doing an amuse-bouche challenge, is watching the contestants get righteously indignant toward the chefs who serve something that obviously cannot be eaten in one bite. I guess they have a point, because creating something with enough flavor and complexity to be wowed in one bite is a tall order! But when the result is scrumptious and oh-so-cute, it makes you eager to invite your closest friends over for an elegant soirée!
asian tuna tartare bites recipe:
5oz (150g) tuna steak
1/4 cup sesame oil
zest of 1 small lime
1 tbs grated ginger
1/4 tsp wasabi powder
1/2 tsp soy sauce
1 tbs very thinly sliced chives
1 tsp lime juice
3-6 baby potatoes
So here’s how I put this one together: Dice your tuna into 1/4″ cubes or smaller, and place in an air-tight container in the fridge until ready for use.
Mix your sesame oil, lime zest, grated ginger, wasabi powder, soy sauce, chives and sea salt and let stand for a few minutes.
Meanwhile, heat up some vegetable oil. (I put enough oil to fill 3/4 of the pot.) You can use a mandoline to slice the potatoes thinly, but seeing as my mandoline is back home in Canada, I used a peeler and it worked marvelously. Once the oil sizzles excitedly when tested with a piece of potato, (need I indicate at this point that I am not in possession of a thermometer, either?) Fry your peeled potato slices in batches so they won’t stick together. Once golden and crisp, transfer to paper towel and sprinkle with sea salt.
Retrieve tuna from the fridge and combine gently with the aromatic mixture until evenly mixed. At this point, add the lime juice. (It is crucial to add only when ready to serve, otherwise you will end up with ceviche. Not that ceviche isn’t delicious… but I digress.) Delicately spoon a small amount of the tuna mixture onto a thin slice of fried potato. Garnish with micro-thinly sliced chives.
Recipe makes approx. 24 individual bites.
I wish I could give you a more precise number, but I kind of started popping them in my mouth and lost count… oh well!