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Old Fashioned Hoisin Glazed Grilled Tuna Steak

Old Fashioned Hoisin Glazed Grilled Tuna Steak

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If  you wonder why I call this dish “old fashioned”, the answer is simple: “It is fully cooked but still juicy”, which is undoubtedly one of the most difficult things to master in good cooking and unfortunately a part of our craft lost to the majority of today’s cooks/ chefs.
In order to cook any food item, especially seafood and poultry, the cook/chef has to take into consideration the carry-over heat of the food item, which will depend on the thickness, cooking temperature, texture, and the time it takes the food from the time it is removed from cooking equipment in the kitchen to being served on a plate and starting to be eaten by the customer. Get this wrong and your dish is ruined! 😦
Old fashioned, because once this was an absolute necessity for any cook to master in order to be rightfully employed in a professional kitchen, while nowadays, sadly, cooks who perfectly have mastered this most important skill are the exception. (Hence, all the undercooked or overcooked meat, seafood, and even vegetables). It is so much easier to rather just “pan sear” a piece of fish than to perfectly cook it. While there certainly is a place and time for sashimi, and one has to admire the chefs who serve it perfectly, the majority of the fish quality served in most restaurants, homes, supermarkets, etc, make this way of serving fish a ridiculous way of trying to cover-up the cooks/chefs inability to cook the fish and other food perfectly.
NO raw fish has the beautiful texture and is as juicy as a perfectly cooked fish! NONE !
And don’t even get me going on half cooked pork or chicken breast 😦
But enough of this, let’s get back to the dish at hand. Instead of the more common teriyaki glaze, I glazed the tuna with hoisin sauce, which was even better, at least for my personal taste.
If you look at the pictures, you will notice that I have not removed the “blood line” from the fillet. When preparing tuna for myself, I always cook the filet with this dark flesh attached. When I was still preparing food in restaurants, I removed this part because the flavor is very strong and some folks don’t like it. (Bella does, so no questions asked at our house 🙂  (Also see note below)
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Bon Appétit !   Life is Good !
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P.S.
“That dark, nearly black area on the side of your tuna or swordfish steak is nothing bad or unhealthy, although you may not like it’s strong flavor. It is a muscle that is rich in myoglobin, a blood pigment. But lest that sound creepy to you, bear in mind that myoglobin is the same iron-containing pigment that makes red meat red.You can leave it in when you cook the fish: the stronger flavor of that small area will not affect the taste of the rest of the fish.”
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Old Fashioned Hoisin Glazed Grilled Tuna Steak

Old Fashioned Hoisin Glazed Grilled Tuna Steak

Old Fashioned Hoisin Glazed Grilled Tuna Steak

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Preparation :
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Stir Fried Boneless Beef Ribs And Asparagus In Hoi Sin Sauce

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I bought  these beauties to put them on the grill, but I had steak often lately so I changed my mind and prepared this tasty dish instead. I am glad I did, because it just hit the spot and left me happy with the choice I made.
Just goes to show – the first idea is not always the best 🙂
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Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !
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How to cook  Fan (Chinese Steamed Rice)
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Stir Fried Boneless Beef Ribs And Asparagus In Hoi Sin Sauce

Stir Fried Boneless Beef Ribs And Asparagus In Hoi Sin Sauce

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Stir Fried Boneless Beef Ribs And Asparagus In Hoi Sin Sauce

Stir Fried Boneless Beef Ribs And Asparagus In Hoi Sin Sauce

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Stir Fried Boneless Beef Ribs And Asparagus In Hoi Sin Sauce

Stir Fried Boneless Beef Ribs And Asparagus In Hoi Sin Sauce

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Preparation :
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Donkatsu

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Yesterday’s  dinner was one of these dishes which are so universal that most countries have their own version of it, distinguishable only by it’s different presentation and condiments.
Tontkatsu  is one of these dishes. It is basically a breaded pork cutlet, which in its home, Japan, is served in many variations. The version I prepared last night is served over a bowl of rice with egg, so “Tonkatsu ” becomes “Donkatsu”.  Tonkatsu dipping sauce is served separately.

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Tonkatsu Dipping Sauce Recipe
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Gyū katsu Recipe
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Donkatsu

Donkatsu

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season cutlets with kosher salt and cayenne pepper, bread in flour, egg and panko bread crumbs. Fry. Remove to absorbent paper. Slice

season cutlets with kosher salt and cayenne pepper, bread in flour, egg and panko bread crumbs. Fry. Remove to absorbent paper. Slice

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add steamed rice to bowl

add steamed rice to bowl

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add sliced cutlet, eggs and orange wedge

add sliced cutlet, eggs and orange wedge

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Donkatsu

Donkatsu

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Donkatsu

Donkatsu

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Donkatsu

Donkatsu

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Donkatsu

Donkatsu

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Imperial Fried Rice

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Time to get excited about  fried rice 🙂
No, not the cabbage and soy sauce laden one you get for two bucks at your corner chinese restaurant. No, I am talking about  my treasure chest of a fried rice which has a whole bunch of goodies in it. Each one (shrimp,chicken, lap cheong, ham, eggs, vegetables), fried on it’s own with rice would make a good fried rice, but here the combination of all of this stuff together makes it a truly memorable dish.
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Imperial Fried Rice

Imperial Fried Rice

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Ingredient’s :

Fan  (飯),   day old chinese steamed rice (Recipe Here)
Chicken,   cubed
Shrimp,   peeled, tail on
Ham,   diced
Lap cheong,   fresh, unsmoked
Scallion,   sliced
Bean sprouts,
Red/green bell peppers,   diced
Onions,   diced
Kernel corn,   blanched
Green peas,   blanched
Eggs,   whisked
Garlic,   paste
Ginger,   grated
Kosher salt,
Cayenne pepper,
Sesame oil,
Peanut oil,   to stir fry

Method :

Season protein and vegetables with salt and cayenne pepper. Saute (stir fry) chicken in oil until medium, remove chicken. Saute shrimp, ham and sausage until shrimp are 3/4 cooked, remove. Saute vegetables, ginger and garlic until fragrant, add rice, fry until rice starts to puff a bit. Form a whole in the center, add more peanut oil, add the eggs. Styr fry until the eggs have set, return proteins to the rice and stir fry until rice starts to pop again. Add bean sprouts, season with sesame oil, salt and pepper. To serve, sprinkle with scallions and more bean sprouts.


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