I recently had an opportunity to travel through SouthEast Asia. As with most of my life, food punctuated the best moments of the trip, and this recipe was certainly a highlight of the journey. The name of this dish “Xeo” comes from the sizzling sound that the batter makes as it hits the hot pan. Often in larger cities, they are made frying pan sized and torn apart to be eaten. In the village that my mother grew up in they’re made the size of street tacos and are served 2-3 per person. This is the way that I prefer to eat them because the balance of ingredients is better. In my mother’s village of Phu Hai, fhesh rice flour can be bought at the daily markets, but in this recipe, the Vitamix is an essential tool to make everything from the rice flour, to the dipping sauce, to the coconut milk. Give it a try and tell me what you think!
Recipe after the jump!
This is a simple recipe I’ve told friends about for years. Super easy to do at home. This is more of a technique than a recipe. Feel free to try switching out cheese or make your own modernist cuisine melty cheese.
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I’ve written about pressure cooked eggs before… Here is a new variation. This is an Asian spin on deviled eggs inspired by a $2 appetizer a David Chang’s Noodle Bar in the east village of Manhattan. A simple recipe that you can make for any event that requires, or would be enhanced with, deviled eggs. Recipe after the jump!
I went shopping for prepared mustards with a friend of mine and was AMAZED at the cost: between $3-$13 for a 2oz jar. This recipe makes almost a quart of “caviar” for about $3. The seeds pop in your mouth not-unlike caviar which is a very interesting textural element as well.
This could be the easiest recipe I’ve ever posted at Eat.Drink.EXPERIENCE! So dead simple, and it lasts forever in your fridge… there’s no reason not to have this tasty condiment on hand at all times.
Disclaimer: I did NOT discover this technique… I’m simply quantifying it and posting it because I could not find proportions on line. I learned it by listening to the Cooking Issues Podcast where Dave Arnold mentions it frequently.
On to the recipe…
I love Chicken and Waffles… I also LOVE duck confit. When I was trapped in a hotel room at MasterChef, I dreamed up the combination of the two… Duck Confit and Waffles. I thought an orange maple butter would go nice on a wild rice waffle and a cherry chipotle sauce would accent everything nicely.
For the next couple of weeks I worked on a way to make duck confit in less than two hours. If I could pull it off this would be a course in my menu of the MasterChef Finals. I took two techniques into consideration: Sous Vide and Pressure cooking.
I’ve been in an environment that fosters innovation for the past decade. With innovation comes failure. As I’ve mentioned before, failure teaches us the most important lessons. There’s a quote from work that I’ve become quite fond of:
“If you see sombody working on something impossible, please do not disturb them…”
This dish may have been called “blood clots” and “shoe leather” by the judges, but here’s a re-worked proof of concept…
Was this executed perfectly on the show? No. Was it the most daring, bold, risky, creative dish of the day… I think so. The idea is completely “Freak Genius”… Here’s the recipe that has been put through some proper testing and development.