Dry-Aged Duck Breast with Hoisin & Pickled Cucumber

With the pasta being rather difficult to make in a tiny studio apartment, I wanted everything else to be relatively easy. Sometimes easy and simple is the way to go, especially when using dry-aged duck breast. The flavors are more intense so you don’t need much to accompany the duck breast.

So here is Dry-Aged Duck Breast with Homemade Hoisin Sauce with Ume Boshi, Pickled Cucumber, and Chive Oil.

Plans for Friendsgiving 2019

I’m very early this year for my Friendsgiving menu plans! Inspiration started and I decided to just go with it. I’ve been usually doing dinner for four for the past couple of years because that means less glassware to clean but I want to do six people total this year… Here is what I have so far; I expect menu changes…

Egg on Egg on Egg
Sea Urchin • Soft Scramble • Trout Roe
Potato Foam • Pumpernickel Soil
(1st course)

Quail with Autumn Mushrooms
Chanterelles • King Trumpet • Cremini Purée
Rosemary • Montegrato Pedro Ximénez
(2nd course)

5 Spiced Duck Leg Cappellacci
Celery • Brown Butter • Cured Egg Yolk • Fennel
(3rd course)

Dry Aged Duck Breast
Homemade Hoisin • Pickled Cucumber • Chive Oil
(4th course)

Pear Tart
Ginger Snap • Ginger Ice Cream
(5th course)

Summer Spritz

I haven’t been that good lately keeping up with my website… Work has been busy and since I am cooking someone else’s food, the creative juices have come to a halt. On hold, actually.

I am, however, experimenting with new cocktails at home. This sudden burst in the making of craft cocktails begun for my birthday celebrations earlier this month. Before, I would only have the necessary ingredients to make three gin-based cocktails. Now there are five drinks to choose from, and one of them is not-gin based; it’s what I’m calling the Summer Spritz. It’s dangerously strong… but that’s what I say about all my drinks. I am a believer in a heavy pour and a good helping of whatever spirit is needed.

I am not a fan of Aperol nor Campari so grapefruit is the bitter element here. Giffard’s Crème de Pamplemousse is incredibly delightful! For this drink, only three bottles need to be opened! The grapefruit liqueur, dry rosé wine, and a sparkling wine to top everything off.

Service: March 29, 2019

Yesterday, I made pork belly steamed buns for family meal! I think it’s my last time planning/cooking family meal for awhile because I am now being rotated to the upstairs Private Events team.

I like to make more complex family meals on Friday/Saturday because that’s when the restaurant’s staff is at its highest and more people can enjoy my food.

I seared the pork bellies the night before and marinated them with the cooled down braising liquid. The day of, everything was brought to a simmer and placed in a 250°F convection oven for 3 hours, then pressed, in order to get nice, cuttable blocks.

I wasn’t able to get a good picture because by the time I realized that I forgot to take the picture, my plate was already half-eaten.

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The pork bellies were served with steamed open buns, rice with Chinese pork sausage, pickled cucumber, sauce made from the braising liquid, and a Napa cabbage coleslaw with miso vinaigrette.

Service: March 9, 2019

So now that I have rotated onto roast station at Legacy Records, I am now in charge of planning and cooking the second and most important family meal everyday. Family meal is restaurant colloquialism for “staff meal.” We have three; one in the AM for the prep cooks, pastry cooks/chefs, sous chefs, and porters in the kitchen, the next at 3:45pm for everyone working (both front of house (FOH) and back of house (BOH), and a late-night PM one for the PM-porters and cleaning crew!

I never really counted but the number of people who I am cooking for is around 60-ish. In this restaurant, we go all out with our family meals. I try to push out thoughtful meals for each day but there are some days that are better than others. And I’m talking like for Saturday March 9! Even my photo was amazing! Thanks to the iPhone XS Max/I love portrait mode! Even better than the 7 Plus! (Ok, enough iPhone talk!)

I cured 100 duck legs for two days, slow roasted them, was too tired to pick through all 100 legs so I wrote a label for everyone to “DIY”. That was served with my friend’s grandmother’s hush hush red mole recipe. That mole got me a lot of compliments!

In case you were wondering, we also had rice and tortillas served with them, with various accoutrements, a guac/cucumber salad, and roasted nutty zucchini.

Ocean Trout Tartare

This was the first course to my Friendmas dinner of 2017.

I haven’t done any tartares with ocean trout before, always with tuna/salmon/yellowtail. Ocean Trout compares favorably to salmon and with a taste that is both milder and richer at the same time. So why ocean trout this time? Because I just wanted to.

Here is Ocean Trout Tartare with Meyer Lemon Zest, diced Jalapeño, and cut Chives, sitting on a bed of sliced Persian Cucumbers, topped with Rice Krispies and micro greens, served with homemade Japanese Sweet Potato Chips.

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!

Duck Breast with Celery Root & Red Wine Jus

I have been very happy with this dish that I created on June 6. It has been on my tasting menus for the past two months, not every week though.

This is Duck Breast with Celeriac Purée, Charred Cucumbers, Cashew Crumble, Chive Oil, and Red Wine Jus.

5 Spice Duck Leg Confit & Egg

As a kid, I always loved eating salt cured duck eggs with my morning congee. However, I would only eat the yolk. The whites were always too salty. And I would look for the yolks in sticky rice and in mooncakes.

But I’ve never cooked with them, raw, or uncured. I had an interesting couple of days figuring out how to sous vide them properly and perfectly.

This is a Sous Vide Duck Egg with 5 Spice Duck Leg Confit, Spring Onion Purée, Julienned Cucumbers, Spring Roll Paper Crackers, and a 5 Spice Jus.

Scallop Crudo with Radish & Cucumber Juice

This is probably one of my favorite dishes that I’ve created and it was a hit on the 2017 Valentine’s Day tasting menu. It was so popular and well received that I put it on the tasting menu for the next 2-3 weeks and had it as a special too.

This is a Scallop Crudo with Pickled Daikon Radish, Cherry Belle Radish, Green Grape, Salmon Roe, Cucumber Juice, Tangerine Frills, and Purple Mizuna.