Recipe Bottarga Crusted Sous Vide Eel Fish Fillet Stuffed with Spanish Chorizo, Basil, Saffron & Cheese, Served with Balsamic Reduction, Mashed Purple Sweet Potato, Sous Vide Carrot, Edible Mustard Blossom & Micro Herbs

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Bottarga Crusted Saffron Infused Eel Fish Fillet Rollade Sous Vide with Spanich Chorizo, Basil and Cheese Stuffing, Served with Mashed Purple Yam, Sous Vide Carrot, Beluga Caviar and Balsamic Reduction

Bottarga Crusted Saffron Infused Eel Fish Fillet Rollade Sous Vide with Spanich Chorizo, Basil and Cheese Stuffing, Served with Mashed Purple Yam, Sous Vide Carrot, Beluga Caviar and Balsamic Reduction. The fillet of swamp eel stuffed and rolled then packed with lemon juice, spices & extra virgin olive oil, vaccum packed in ziplock then slowly cooked until tender and succulent in a low temperature beer cooler waterbath (about 40-42°C) for 45 minutes, drained from the bag and rolled in grated bottarga then seared with blow torch until the bottarga crust got toasted and slighly browned in all surfaces and then served with tangy Homemade Balsamic Vinegar Reduction.

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Sous Vide Saffron Infused Rolled Swamp Eel Fillet Rollade with Spanich Chorizo, Basil and Cheese Stuffing, Served with Mashed Purple Yam, Sous Vide Carrot, Beluga Caviar and Balsamic Reduction

Sous-vide is French term for “under vacuum”, a method of cooking food sealed in airtight plastic bags in a water bathor in a temperature-controlled steam environment for longer than normal cooking times for up to 96 hours, in some cases; at an accurately regulated temperature much lower than normally used for cooking, typically around 40°C (104 F) t0 45°C (113 F) for fish,  50°C (131 F) to 60°C (140 F) for meats and higher for vegetables. I’ve been try to Sousvide Venison Steak, Black Angus Striploin Sous Vide and it turn out good, even tought cut of Beef Brisket Sous Vide created a tender and succulent meat. Sous vide method also used to pasteurized egg, beef and other meat to made it save to be eaten raw without cooking it. I pasteurized my beef tenderloin to make Yukhoe (Raw Korean Seasoned Beef Steak Tartare with Asian Pear).

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Succulent Sous Vide Rolled Swamp Eel Fillet with 40°C Beer Cooler Waterbath

 

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Beer Cooler Sous Vide Rolled Eel Fillet with Spanich Chorizo, Basil and Cheese Stuffing

My previously sousvide recipe using my old rice cooker, rice cooker is a very cheap consistance tools to mantain the waterbath temperature, but eversince the lowest temperature waterbath in my rice cooker metal pot is 51°C and it’s too high for sousvide fish fillet, hence i using my beer cooler for this sousvide eel fish fillet recipe. Beside beer cooler, any kind of heat insulating chamber is good to go; thermos, dewar flask or vacuum flask, as long the chamber is big enought to completely submerging the entire fish fillet and also to mantaining the temperature for extended periods of time. Fill up your beer cooler with water just a couple degrees higher than the temperature you’d like to cook your food at (to account for temperature loss when you add cold food to it), seal your food in a plastic ziplock bag, drop it in, and close your beer cooler until your food is cooked. You can simply adjust the temperature to your preference with hot water after the waterbath temperature drop about (1-2)°C after 1 hour soaking your fish fillet, that’s why it’s better you use a good insulating beer cooler. Yup, it is that simple!!!

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Sous Vide Saffron Infused Rolled Swamp Eel Fillet Rollade with Spanich Chorizo, Basil and Cheese Stuffing, Served with Mashed Purple Yam, Sous Vide Carrot, Beluga Caviar and Balsamic Reduction

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Crispy Skin Blow Torch Seared Saffron Infused Eel fish with Tender and Succulent Meat

Swamp eel fish fillet got oily and delicate flavour, similiar to it’s cousin unagi eel with fins which  popular in Japanese restaurant, served as Sweet Soy Sauce Broiled Eel (Unagi Kabayaki). Swamp eel fillet texture is more succulent and firm compare to the unagi eel, but i wondering why swamp eel didn’t got much attention in fine dining restaurant menu. So today, i decided to bring the swamp eel to the next level of fine dining lover.

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Cheap and Delicious Fine Dining Swamp Eel Fish Dish

Can you imagine all the ingredients on this plate of beautifull  fine dining eel fillet dish cost me about IDR 10.000 (less than 1 USD) for a single portion. Asian swamp eel is cheap and also available through out the year, especially in the rainy season from September to March, the stock of swamp eel reach the highest peak. The live asian swamp eel cost me only about 2 USD/Kg, pretty much a great deal because swamp eel is low in cholesterol and very rich in omega 6 and omega 3 polyunsaturated fatty acid, which are extremely good for the body and hearth. Eversince this is sous vide eel fillet is cooked in low temperature, so i think most of the good fatty acid is retained after cooked.

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Sous Vide  Eel Fillet Fillet Rollade with Spanich Chorizo, Basil and Cheese Stuffing, Served with Mashed Purple Sweet Potato  and Balsamic Reduction

Here in Indonesia, we used to called swamp eel as belut sawah or rice field eel, mostly prepared deep fried until crispy. The eel usually butterflied, flatened with meat hammer and then marinated with turmeric based seasoning before lighly batterred and deep fried into belut goreng. Other popular preparation of swamp eel is rendang belut, a thick and carmelized curry similiar to Indonesian Rendang Daging that using beef as the main ingredients.

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Bottarga Crusted Eel Fish Fillet Rolade Stuffed with Chorizo, Basil and Cheese

The bottarga crust for this sous vide eel fish fillet using my Homemade Tuna Roe Bottarga di Tonno. I swear to God, a little bit of grated tuna bottarga bring the simple eel fillet rollade to another lever of taste. It’s briny, creamy and got a kicking savoury flavour once it toasted a little bit by blowtorch flames. The texture and the flavour of the bottarga crust on the eel fish fillet is a little bit sandy, similiar with fried and toasted crumbled salted egg yolk on Stir Fried Salted Egg Sauce Crab.

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The entire components of the entire dish is quite a preparation; the sous vide saffron infused eel fish fillet rollade with Spanish chorizo, basil and cheese stuffing is  served  with mashed purple yam, sous vide baby carrot, Russian beluga caviar, micro greens herbs, edible black mustard flower, pine nuts, shaved Parmiggiano-Reggiano cheese, sliced grapes and balsamic reduction sauce

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Please Focus on My Badass Japanese Chef Knives Istead the Beautifull Marbled Color Skin Swamp Eel Fillet

The Asian marbled swamp eel, Monopterus albus, also known as belut sawah or rice field eel . The eel resemble a long scale-less snake with a very tiny blind eyes. Asian swamp eels are often found in the mud underneath a dried-up pond or rice field. For this recipe i’m using swamp eel weighted 300 grams, about 14 inches long and got a beutifull marble pattern on the skin. The eel butterflied from the back and the entire back bone, head and the end tail removed using a very sharp knives to make a nice incision. I’m using this pricey bad ass Japanese knives, i gotta listen and lern from my old man who said “man should purchased they pricey toys before getting hitched, sice it’s obviously getting even harder right after”, so as a obedient son, i purchased my mre than 100 USD worth chef knives right now, lol.

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The Eel Fish Fillet Stuffed with Homemade Spanish Chorizo, Basil Leaves and Parmagianno Reggiano Cheese

The swamp eel fillet is cut into about 6 inches long (15 cm), dizzled with a little bit of kaffir lime juice, salt and pepper and then let it marinated for about 10 minutes in the refrigerator. The marinated swamp eel fish fillet then drained and patted dry then laid on a cutting board. Chopped basil, chopped Homemade Spanish Chorizo and Parmagianno Geggiano laid over it. The fish fillet then rolled over to cover the stuffing. The rolled and stuffed eel fillet then rolled on a genuine Spanish saffron to cover the skin side generously

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Spanish Saffron Infused Rollade of Eel Fish Fillet

The Homemade Spanish Chorizo stuffed eel fish fillet then rolled and thighten with cling wrap plastic to make a nice cilllindrical form. I let the rolled eel fish fillet sit in the refrigerator for about 2 hours until it set and the saffron flavour infused into the fish fillet before it’s sous vide in beer cooler for about 1 hour. I put the eel fillet on a ziplock and add some generous glug of extra virgin olive oil, vaccum packed it with air replacing method by submerging the ziplock bag in the water and secure the silicone sealed after the air is completely pushed away. The ziplock packed eel fish fillet then submerged in preheated 42°C waterbath in a beer cooler (i assume the temperature will be drop to 40°C after the cold eel fish fillet ziplock bag added). I let the fish fillet sous vide for about 1 hour.

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Broiled The Bottarga Crust with Blowtorch Flames

After the chorizo basil and cheese stuffed eel fish fillet rollade sous vide completely dome, i take it out from the ziplock bag and drained it a little bit. The eel fish then rolled in a grated Homemade Bottarga and then i seared and toasted the bottarga crust with my brand new blow torch flames, you can use stove with skillet too if you didn’t got the blowtorch. Now your fine dining bottarga crusted rolled eel fish with chorizo, basil and cheese stuffing is officially done and ready to served.

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Sous Vide Bottarga Crusted Saffron Infused Eel Fish Fillet with Spanish Chorizo, Basil and Cheese Stuffing Recipe

Sous Vide Bottarga Crusted Saffron Infused Eel Fish Fillet with Spanish Chorizo, Basil and Cheese Stuffing  Recipe :

  • 1 Pound (500 gr) live swamp eel, butterflied and filleted, cut into 15 cm long fillet
  • 50 grams Homemade Spanish Chorizo
  • 30 grams freshly grated Homemade Tuna Roe Bottarga di Tonno
  • 10 grams fresh basil leaves, patted dry, roughly chopped
  • 1 tbsp kaffir lime juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 30 ml extra virgin olive oil
  • Ziplock plastic bag

Garnish : Black Mustard Blossoms, Micro Green Herbs and Micro Red Amaranth

How to Make Sous Vide Beef Brisket Steak Using Rice Cooker:

  • Season the eel fillet  generously with kaffir lime juice, salt, and pepper,let it sit marinated in the fridge for at least 10 minutes.
  • Patted dry the eel fish fillet then add spanich chorizo, basil leaves and cheese over it and then rolled the fillet
  • Rolled the eel fish fillet on a genuine Spanish saffron unil it covering the eel skin generously
  • Lay the eel fish fillet in a cling wrap plastic then rolled it over, thighen the end to make a nice cillindrical shape
  • Let the is in the fridge for another 2 hours until set, cut the end then put it in a ziplock bag and then pour the olive oil
  • Submerged the ziplock bag in the water partially to pushed the air out ouf it.
  • Secure the ziplock seal once the air removed from the bag
  • Place ziplock packed seasoned eel fillet  in the preheated beer cooler  waterbath in 42°C (i assume the temperature will drop to 40C after a coule minutes the eel fish added)
  • Let it sit in the waterbath for 1 hours, put some weight to let the bag completely submerged.
  • Take away the sous vide eel fish fillet bag from the beer cooler waterbath, set aside until it reach room temperature
  • Pop out the sous vide eel fish fillet from the ziplock bag, patted dry a little bit
  • Rolled the eel in  a grated homemade tuna bottarga then seared the bottarga crusted until slighly browned and toasted with blowtorch flames.
  • Served the bottarga crusted eel fillet with chorizo, basil and cheese stuffing with mashed purple yam, sous vide baby carrot, beluga caviar, micro herbs, shaved Parmiggiano-Reggiano cheese, grapes and balsamic reduction sauce

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Recipe Homemade Bottarga di Tonno (Salted Cured Tuna Fish Roe)

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Bottarga di Tonno (Salted Cured Tuna Fish Roe)

Homemade Botargo di Tonno. Botargo is a air-dried salt-cured fish egg or roe which considered as  delicacy in Mediterranean cuisine. Botarga di Tonno is botarga made of tuna roe, while bottarga is refers product made of grey mullet fish or called bottarga di muggine which is the most pricey and expensive. This is one of the seafood charcutteries featured in my blog, you can served this bottarga with my Homemade Hot Smoked Salmon and Homemade Gravlax (Dill and Honey Cured Salmon Fillet).

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Bottarga is popular name in English and Italian, while it’s popular with other names around the world; karasumi (Japan) butàriga (Sardinian), botarga (Occitan, Spanish, and Catalan), poutargue or boutargue (French), butarga (Portuguese), batarekh or butarkhah (Arabic), tarama or haviar (Turkey) and avgotaraho (Greek). Here in Indonesia bottarga possibly translated as telur ikan tuna asin, while in Malaysia there also salted and cured fish roe called telur terubuk masin made of the roe of  freshwater fish Toli Shad.

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Tuna Roe Bottarga

Botargo di Tonno is made from the roe sac of tuna, beside tuna or mullet roe, bottarga can also made of swordfish, halibut, herring, flounder, white seabass, weakfish or mackerel or other small size fish egg with sac, so never made it with salmon roe. My fellow blogger friend Merryn of Merry’sMenu even Making Bottarga from Flathead Fish Roe. I’m making mine from tuna, the fishmonger told me that it’s dogtooth tuna fish roe. I actually specially ask my fishmonger to save the tuna’s roe for this fish egg seafoood charcuterie project. The Minangkabau descent fishmonger guy actually used to save the roe and bring it to feed his family and never even though to sell it because it’s considered as delicacy, his wife used to make Gulai telur Ikan (Fish Roe Curry) or Pindang Telur Ikan (Spicy sour Fish Roe Soup) with it.

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Fresh Tuna Roe with Whole Attached Sac Membrane

How too choose the egg roe for making homemade bottarga ? first step is make sure you choose the very fresh egg roe with complete and unbroken sac attached and covering the roe. Never used any fish roe broken sac because the salt will penetrated too much into the roe and made it too salty and almost unedible once it cured. FRESHNESS is the KEY of DELICIOUSNESS of bottarga, fresh tuna roe used to be bouchy and not too watery or too dry with natural pleasant sea fragrance, never used if the smell too strong or even slight rotten fishy aromas. Choose the ripe fish roe is one where you can see the eggs in the sac they come in, and that they are uniform in color. The watery fish roe is normal, but will take longer time to cure. Unripe fish roe will not work, you must be able to see the eggs; if they are too small, do something else with the roe.

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Salted Fresh Tona Fish Roe

Now we making the homemade tuna fish roe Bottarga di Tonno. The tuna fish roe submerged in a 37 % salt saturated water solution overnight and then patted dry. The tuna fish sacs then individually coated with olive oil  and let it sit for about few hours until the oil absorbed to prevent it dry once cured. The fish roe then coated with salt and then marinated for about 2-3 days depending on the size of the fish roe sac, the bigger sac needed more time. You may see some liqued dripping from the fish roe sac and some of the salt dissolved, hence you need to massaged the outside by hand to eliminate air pockets and add extra salt and  to coated the cured fish roe.  The result is firmer fish roe and it’s need to be air dry cured and let the time changing the salted raw tuna fish roe into Bottarga di Tonno

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Firm Salted Tuna FIsh Roe

This is the salted and marinated fresh tuna fish egg roe for two days. The salted tuna fish roe sack then washed under running cold water, rubbed the sack a little bit to removed the excess salt and then patted dry with dry and clean pepper towel.  The salted tuna fish roe much more firmer than than the raw sack.

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Bottarga di Tonno, Already Dry Cured for 14 days

This is the Bottarga di Tonno or salted and cured tuna fish roe after air dry cured for about fourteen days in my refrigerator. Bottarga should be firm but not rock hard, the salt should not over power the flavor of the bottarga, there should just be a hint of salt in it’s flavour and it should be gentle on the palate. The bottarga should not be dry but moist an creamy in flavour.

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Different Ripeness of Tuna Roe Made Different Texture of Bottarga di Tonno

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Nice Moist, Crumbly and Buttery Texture of Bottarga di Tonno

This is homemade Bottarga di Tonno or salted and air dried cured tuna fish roe finished product looked a like once i cut the sac it in half. There’s different color and texture of the bottarga, it’s depent on the ripeness of the roe inside of the sac before it’s salted an cured. The overly ripe tuna fish roe got bigger individual grainy egg and it’s crumbled easily once grated, just perfect for making pasta or fried rice. The sufficiently fully ripe fish turn into a very moist and creamy bottarga, just perfect to almost any bottarga recipe, but i prefer to served it raw without any heating or cooking process.

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Grated Bottarga di Tonno

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Ready to Use Bottarga di Tonno Powder, Seafood Gold!!!

The salted tuna fish roe or Bottargo di Tonno is now ready to use in any kind of dish you want it to be. Bottarga is briny with a creamy buttery sweetness, smooth  and slighly grainy in texture with a natural savoury sea flavour. If you love caviar, you probably loves bottarga and vice versa, but my friend who doesn’t love caviar lovin the bottarga once it cooked with pasta.

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Freshly Grated Tuna Fish Roe Bottarga

Here’s Few Ideas of How to Eat and Enjoy Bottarga:

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Tuna Bottarga Appetizer with Flat Bread

1. Sliced or Grated Raw Bottarga

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Thin Sliced Bottarga Flatbread with Kalamata Olives Puree, Sliced Red Shallots, Chili, Cherry Tomato, Fresh Micro Green Herbs (Mustard & Lemon Basil),  Edible Black Mustard Blossom, Olive oil & Balsamic Vinegar Reduction

Raw thiny sliced or grated bottarga is used to be served as as an appetizer. The richness of bottarga with it’s naturl briny ts is a great option for appetier because the bold naked savoury flavour  of bottarga is definitely tickle the taste buds. Bottarga also can be eaten with lemon juice on a piece of baquette, pizza, flatbread or any kind of bread which used as you serving anchovy. This is thinnly sliced Tuna Fish Bottarga di Tonno served as topping for Homemade Flat Bread or Tortilla with sliced raw shallots, chopped tomato, black olives puree, chopped chillies, micro greens and edible black mustard blossom. The flat bread tuna fish Bottarga di Tonno also drizzled with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

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Bottarga Pasta (Aglio Olio Style Angel hair Pasta with Confit Crayfish)

2. Bottarga with Pasta

Bottarga with pasta is the most common way to prepare the cured fish roe. The dried salted fish roe grated or finely chopped then sauteed with butter and other ingredients like garlic, chili and shallots until slighly bubbly and cooked. The best quality bottarga made of ripe fish roe will be crumbly well coated evely the pasta that lated added into it. The picture above is Bottarga Angel Hair Pasta aglio olio and served it with crayfish confit.

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Bottarga Fried Rice

3. Bottarga with Rice

Bottarga with rice, now my Indonesian taste buds will be satisfied. The Nasi Goreng (fried rice) telur ikan asin or translated as salted  fish roe fried rice is the best way to present the savoury sea flavour of it. The sauteed grated bottarga stir fried with the spicy spice paste and rice and other ingredients until the individual grain of rice is charred and coated well with the cured fish egg. Extra grated bottarga made it delicious even more. In Malaysia especialy in Serawak, the freshwater toli shad fish bottarga or telur ikan terubuk masin used to be steamed with rice and eaten as a morning booster.

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Spicy Fried Rice Bottarga

Raw bottarga is got a pleasant sea briny flavour and the delicate sea aromas even stronger once it cooked. This afternoon i made dinner of  Nasi Goreng or fried rice with grated bottarga and my grandma comes curiously to the kitchen by the aromas once i tossed the grated tuna bottarga with butter. The fried rice above is actually bold and very simple, but the spicy chili spice paste and the savoury grated Bottarga di Tonno made it very hearty and delicious, then i said myself this salt cured fish roe is worth all the time the efforts.

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Recipe Bottarga di Tonno (Salt Cured Tuna Fish Roe)

Recipe Bottarga di Tonno (Salt Cured Tuna Fish Roe)

Ingredients:

  • whole fish roe or egg sacks (small eggs are best)
  • salt
  • 37% salt solution brine (10 grams salt per 1 litre of water)
  • olive oil

How to Make Bottarga di Tonno (Salt Cured Tuna Fish Roe)

  1. Soak the tuna fish roe overnight in 37%  saltwater solution .
  2. Remove from the solution and pat dry the tuna fish roe on paper towels.
  3. Coat the tuna fish roe with olive oil for about 2-3 hours
  4. Lay out fresh paper towel on a tray and liberally sprinkle with salt, place the roe on top and cover with more salt.
  5. Place this in the fridge and massage it to remove hte air pocket, replace the paper towels daily.
  6. After 2 or 2 days the tuna roes will have firmed up.
  7. Washed the tuna roe fish sac under running tab water to removed the excess salt, pat dry
  8. Hang or pleace the salted tuna roe in a rack  and place it in a cool dry place (refrigerator) for 10–14 days (or longer, if desired).
  9. Remove the roe from its hanging place, wrap and refrigerate.
  10. Bottarga is best served freshly sliced or grated onto pasta.

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Recipe Stir Fried Wagyu Beef Char Kway Teow with Chinese XO Sauce (Resep Kwetiau Goreng Sapi Jambi)

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Wagyu Beef Char Kway Teow with Chinese XO Sauce

Recipe Wagyu Beef Char Kway Teow with XO Sauce. Char kway teow is a very popular dish in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and available all round the world. Char kway teow itself meaning  stir-fried rice  flat noodle in Chinese. Kway teow called kwetiaw or kuetiaw in Indonesia is flat rice noodles with approximately 1-2 cm width, stir-fried over very high heat with light and dark soy sauce, sliced Homemade Chinese Sausage/Lap Cheung,  chopped chilli, Homemade Sambal Belachan or Fermented Shrimp Paste Chili Sambal , chicken or pork slices, whole prawns, cockles or clams, bean sprouts and chopped scallion or chinese chives.  The addition of cockle or clams made char kway teow itself called kwetiau kerang or cockle rice  noodle. The dish is commonly stir-fried with egg, slices of chinese sausage or lap cheung and fishcake, and less commonly with other ingredients. Char kway teow is traditionally stir-fried with lard or rendered pork fat and used to be served over banana leave on a plate. Char kway teow got many aliases of english spelling, it’s also written as  char kueh teow or char kueh tiao and the most popular version of it is Penang char kway teow that using many kind of seafood and duck egg.

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Wagyu Beef  Char Kway Teow with XO sauce is the answer of my collegue silly question; “what kind of dish that made you’ve got chances to get laid?”. My point of interest is my friend is actually already marrried and then i replied,”are you trying to cheating on your wife?” ” NO man!!: he quickly responsed and then he explained that they gonna be celebrating their first year of married and he want to made breakfast in bed surprised for his wife.   “Well i think you’ll gonna get laid anyway! what”s the point of you’re married and i just wondering why the heck that your american salary won’t let you getting laid with your OWN WIFE” i try to making fun of his situation “you know that she’ll made a big deal out ouf it and i want to made something effortless special dish because i simply can’t made fancy and complicated dish such Peanut Crusted Oven Roasted Beef Tenderloin Stuffed with Spinach, Chorizo and Cheese or even what you called simply Bacon Wrapped Filet Mignon with Demi Gace Sauce and  those kind of stuffs”  My answer is STIR FRIED KWAY TEOW, because it’s still taste nice even your cooking skills is big fat zero. It’s a special day so don’t be cheap!, the only way to made some impressive dish with stir fry rice noodle is putting gourmet ingredients on it. I suggest him to purchased thinly sliced wagyu beef and chinese gourmet xo sauce, then  you’ll gonna get DAMN DELICIOUS CHAR KWAY TEOW!!!

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XO Sauce (Halal-Lee Kum Kee Brand)

XO Sauce Char Kway Teow with Wagyu Beef recipe  is very easy and quicky to made in your own kitchen. Eversince the Chinese XO sauce is already has a reputation of being a savoury bomb, so i think you need to add a little bit seasoning on it. XO sauce itself made of the best seafood including dried scallops or conpoy, dried fish and shrimp, sometimes crab and shrimp roe, Chinese ham/Jinhua ham, and abalone that rehydrated, shredded and then fried and mixed into XO Sauce. The roughly chopped rehydrated dried seafood then cooked slowly with chili peppers, onions, and garlic then  cognag or other old liquor added, this is what XO (extra old) Sauce name comes from You can add some Homemade Sambal Belachan or Fermented Shrimp Paste Chili Sambal to give a little kick of chili hotness on the beef char kway teow. The wagyu beef  is the star, already thinly sliced wagyu beef that used to added to sukiyaki dish made your live easier, but the steak cut of beef will be good too, but you need to thinly sliced it priorly to cook.

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Damn Delicious Wagyu Beef Char Kway Teow with XO Sauce, Smokey and Charred with NOT Oily Texture

I don’t know the term “char kway teow” is  related with the charred and smokey stir fried  rice flat noodle or not, but delicious char kway teow is used to be charred and smokey , so it’s necessary to stir fried the ingredients in a smoking and sizzling hot oil in wokpan.  The chinese restaurant chef used to  had it’s own method to stir fried char kway teow and trnasfer from generation to bgeneration with specific family flavour preverence. The thinly sliced wagyu beef need to be stir fried quickly and cooked separatedly because the fat it’s easy to rendered and the texture is naturally tender so no need to add water to little “stew” to tenderized the meat like you do on regular beef.

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Generous Ammount of Charred Wagyu Beef on Char Kway Teow with XO Sauce

Making delicious beef char kway teow  is easy, if you want to made the char kway teow into perfection you need to follow several steps:

1. Stir Fried The Wagyu Beef Slices

First the wagyu beef, marinade the thinly sliced wagyu beef with dark soy sauce, sesame oil and freshly ground black pepper for 30 minutes in the fridge. The thinly sliced wagyu beef need to be stir fried quickly and cooked separatedly with other ingredients because the fat it’s easy to rendered. Wagyu beef is naturally tender so no need to add water even to a little bit to “stew” the beef to tenderized the meat like you do on regular beef. Never cooked the wagyu beef within the noodle unless your pricey wagyu beef will be overcooked and all your money is wasted once the wagyu beef delicious marbled fat dissolved and the texture is dried.  The stir fried beef then set aside and then added into the char kway teow just before it’s done.

2. Stir Fried The Kway Teow or Flat Rice Noodle with Duck Eggs

Freshly made flat rice noodle (sometimes also called rice cake strips) is preferred then dried ones because it’s texture and natural rice grain flavour and also more easy to charred without any unpleasant bitter taste. You can get the fresh flat rice noodle in the chiller rack on chinese groceries store. The flat rice noodle then washed with warm water to remove any excess flour on it, then marinated with soy sauce and beaten duck egg, and YES,  duck egg mixed with the fresh rice flat noodle before cooking it. The Mixture poured  on smoking hot oil in wok pan with very high heat and  quicky stirred to separate the rice noodle and make sure each noodle covered with charred egg. This method made the kway teow itself smokey and damn delicious!!!

3. Making the  XO Sauce Beef Char Kway Teow

Using a clean wok pan,  any of your the char kway teow seasoning is sauteed with oil (finely chopped garlic and red shallots).  All other ingredients then added the chicken, pork, shrimp, cockle, fish cake, shrimp or prawn, crab, Homemade Chinese Sausage/Lap Cheung etc. Add the sauces to enhanced the flavour (xo sauce, kecap manis or Indonesian sweet soy sauce, soy sauce and Homemade Sambal Belachan or Fermented Shrimp Paste Chili Sambal).  Some water added and the lid covered the wok pan  to cooked the meat throughly. The previously charred stir fried rice flat noodle with duck eggs added and stirred to made the seasoning distributes evenly. The fresh vegetables like cabbage and beansprout and stir fried wagyu beef then added just before the char kway teow done.

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Wagyu Beef Char Kway Teow with Chinese XO Sauce

My family recipe of char kway teow is seems to be complicated, but i guess it’s all woth the efforts. You can simply stir fry all the ingredients directly once but you’ll gonna missed the authentic charred and smokey flavour of char kway teow. Moisture is the  enemies of stir frying cooking method because it’s rather steamed instead of charred the ingredients, just like what you’ve expecting once you seared scallops, beef or fish. You want the char kway teow rice flat strips allowed to be fried and the magic maillard reaction happen and turn the sugar and protein ito awesomeness damn delicious!!!

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Wagyu Beef Char Kway Teow with Chinese XO Sauce

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Kwetiau Goreng Sapi was Indonesian name for beef char kway teow. Beef or chicken and seafood is the common ingredients for kwetiau goreng because mostly population in Indonesia is Moslem and pork is considered as haram or forbidden. Lots of chili sambal added within the seasoning and  kecap manis or sweet soy sauce also added to milder the hotness and spicyness of kwetiau goreng. Kwetiau goreng sapi or beef char kway teow is popular dish in Jambi Province. There’s also javanese style char kway teow or kwetiau goreng jawa that usually sweeter due generous addition of kecap manis with minimun amount of chili sambal. Kwetiau goreng jawa also including lots of cabbage that cooked within the flat rice noodle and then served with thinly shredded fresh cabbage too. In Medan, Kwetiau goreng Medan it’s refers to Hokkien Penang style char kway teow with generous ammount of scrambled duck eeg. Even most of restaurant and cafe including halal version of char kway teow in Indonesia,  Chinese restaurants in Indonesia that mainly serve non-Muslim customers might use pork and pork fat on it.

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Recipe Wagyu Beef Char kway Teow with XO Sauce

Recipe Wagyu Beef Char kway Teow with XO Sauce:

Ingredients:

  • 1 pack (about 350 gr) fresh or dry kway teow/ flat rice noodle/ strips 
  • 200 gr thinly sliced Wagyu beef (Marinate: 1/2 tbsp dark soy sauce, 1/1 tsp ground black pepper, and 1 tsp sesame oil)
  • 2 Homemade Chinese Sausage/Lap Cheung, thinly sliced (marinate: 1 tbsp dark soy sauce, a pinch of salt and 2 beaten duck egg)
  • 50 gr scallion, thinly sliced (optional)
  • 200 g bean sprouts
  • 4 tablespoons vegetables oil
  • 6 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 red shallots, finely chopped
  • 2 cm ginger, finely chopped
  • 1 duck egg, beaten
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • (Fish cake, shrimp,cockle, chicken) #Optional

XO Sauce Char Kway Teow Seasoning:

  • 40 gr Chinese XO sauce (about 1/2 cup)
  • 3 tbsp Sambal Belachan or Chili Fermented Shrimp Sambal
  • 1 tablespoon kecap manis (Indonesian sweet soy sauce)
  • tablespoon soya sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Chinese wine
  • tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame oil

Garnish: Chopped Chilied and Chopped Cilantro

How to Stir Fried XO Sauce Char Kway Teow with Wagyu Beef:

  1. Mix the wagyu beef with the marinade the ingredients , set aside, leave the wagyu beef to marinated about 30 minutes
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a wok until smoking hot, pour the marinated wagyu mixture then stir fry the beef until charred for about 2 minutes, set aside.
  3. Mix the kway teow or rice strip noodle with the marinade the ingredients, set aside
  4. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a wok until smoking hot, pour the flat rice noodle and duck egg mixture then quickly stir fry the rice noodle until charred for about 3 to 5 minutes, set aside.
  5. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a wok pan, sauté the garlic, shallots and ginger untill golden brown, add the chinese sausage and the seasoning mixture (Chinese XO sauce, Sambal Belachan or Chili Fermented Shrimp Sambal, soya sauce, Chinese wine,  oyster sauce, and sesame oil)
  6. Add charred rice noodles and stir fry for about 4 minutes till lightly browned
  7. Add the stir fried beef, scallion, beansprout, then pour the remaining 1 beated duck egg and then quickly stir fried it for another 2 minutes
  8. Served the Stir Fried  Wagyu Beef Char Kway Teow with XO Sauce, garnish with chopped cilantro and chopped chili

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XO sauce is a savoury bomb that burst into umami flavour once you put it in your mouth, that’s the correct definition for my taste buds. Chinese XO sauce made of  several premium dried seafoods, including dried scallops or conpoy, dried fish and shrimp, sometimes crab and shrimp roe, Chinese ham/Jinhua ham, and abalone that rehydrated, shredded and then fried and mixed into XO Sauce. The roughly chopped rehydrated dried seafood then cooked slowly with chili peppers, onions, and garlic then  cognag or other old liquor added, this is what XO (extra old) Sauce name comes from. I’m using Lee Kum Kee Brand XO Sauce for this recipe, it’s savoury enought even without any Iham at all (it’s also Halal). Lee Kum Kee penetrated Indonesia with their halal version sauces and condiments because the Indonesian majority population is moslem. I love using XO Sauce as a condiment or as a flavouring agent, i recently made my own and  hopefully i can share it a.s.a.p.

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Steamed fish diet it’s a part of a healthy living. Steaming food preserved it’s natural taste and most of it’s nutrients  withoud adding enormous ammount of unnecessary calories. Don’t you know that deep frying fish can triple it’s calories??? Don’t be shock that deep fried fish infact left only half amount of it’s proteins and vitamins due to high heating that can reach about 180C compare to 100 C of steaming process. Beside, the natural unsaturated fatty acid mostly retain in steaming process. Unsaturated Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acid  considered as a GOOD FAT that cleanse clotted cholestrol or BAD FAT in your capilary. I guess it’s better be increased  steaming food intake in your daily life from now on. Boring taste of steamed fish it’s not an excuse now, it’s before you try this kicking savoury steamed fish with XO sauce.

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Steamed fish recipe  is easy, but a little bit tricky. Timing is the key of any steaming seafood. DO NOT OVERCOOKED! fish because the flesh gonna be tough, dried, flaky and rubberry.. You should stop steaming any whole fish until nearly done, the remaining heat will throughly cooked the fish meat in the platter. When you throughly cooked  the fish in the steamer, it will be overcooked once you serving it in the dinner table.  Medium size  whole grouper fish need about 7 to 10 minutes to be cooked in the steamer.

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Ingredients

  • 1 medium size whole grouper fish weighed about 500 gr, cleaned, gutted and scalled (you can replace with any white flesh fish, live ones would be preferred)
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 40 gr XO Sauce ( I’m using Lee Kum Kee XO Sauce)
  • 1 tbs of rock sugar, dissolved in 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp premium mushroom sauce
  • 1/2 tsp of sesame oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 3 cm knob of ginger, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp chopped chilies
  • Sea Salt for taste

Garnish: Chopped chili, garlic chives and shredded spring onion

Dipping *optional : Chinese Black Vinegar, Soy Sauce, Jullienned Ginger, Chopped Bird Eye Chillies

How to Make Steamed Fish with XO Sauce:

  • Rub the grouper fish lighly with salt and lemon juice, set aside
  • Put the fish in heatproof steaming bowl
  • Put half of the chopped  inside the grouper fish belly
  • Put the remaining chopped chili, ginger and garlic over the fish, rub the fish gently
  • Place the XO sauce over the grouper fish
  • Pour the soy sauce and rock sugar mixture and add some extra oil from the XO Sauce
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  • Steam the fish about 7-10 minutes until nearly done
  • Let is rest about 5 minutes and the remaining heat cooked the fish flesh throughly
  • Put the fish in a serving plate, garnish with chopped chili, garlic chives and shredded spring onion

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Sambal stingray is called ikan pari bakar here in Indonesia. Sambal is  chili sauce in Bahasa Indonesia, while ikan pari means stingray, the word bakar is describe the grilling or barbequing process.  Fresh Stingray or ikan pari used to be abandoned and unpopular source of seafood protein here in Indonesia. Stingray used to be  salted and dried first and locally known as ikan pari asin. Other well known Indonesian dish from stringray is mangut iwak pe, a thick and spicy curry of hot smoked stingray. Banana leaves wrapped fish is a very popular way to cook fish here in Indonesia, i even made japanese style fish Grilled Sanma Fish with Spicy Miso and Chilli Sauce in Banana Leaf Recipe. If you can’t find any stingray or skate, just use other flatfish like sole or flounder, or even dory fish fillet for this recipe.

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Sambal Stingray Grilled Stingray with Chili Barbeque Sauce on Banana Leaf

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Flaky, Succulent and Tender Stingray Flesh with Spicy and Hot Chili Sambal Barbeque Sauce

Sambal stingray is one of my favourite dish, my grandma used to grilled it over charcoal, but eversince i live in a very populated areas i guess barbequeing and sort of  cooking that induced smoke is not the best choice unless my neighbor gonna complain about it. But then i found about making sambal stingray with wokpan and i guess it’s worth to give it a shoots. I love the cartilagous and meaty texture of stingray or skate wings, the smokey, spicy and hot kicking chili sambal made the flaky, meaty and succulent stingray meat hearthy even more.

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Sambal Stingray with Lots of Spicy and Hot Chili Barbeque Sauce over Fragrant Banana Leaf

The chili sambal barbeque sauce for grilling the sambal stingray made of lots of chilies. Bird eye chili pepper and cayenne pepper mashed with shallots, garlic, and then sauteed with oil until throughly cooked and the oil separated or driven of from chili sambal paste. Chili sambal for grilling fish also contain terasi or belachan (solid fermented shrimp paste), tamarind paste, tomato or cherry tomatoes. Palm sugar added to balanced the spicy and hot tone and bring the umamai flavour instead using any mono sodium glutamat or flavour enhancement.

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Fresh Stingray Wing Filllet

To make sambal stingray, first you should choose very-very fresh  stingray with firm, bounchy and slighly translucent flesh. Choose the meaty stingray wings from the female stingray rather than the male, ask your butcher about it. The male stingray fish got a very fishy, stringy, dried and hard flesh. Make sure you SMELL the stingray, sometimes the stingray fillet got a ammoniak  or urine smells when it not handled properly and  not stored in a cold storage. I once purchased a very fresh stingray in the  moring market, then i had a rice breakfast in a restaurant before going home for about 2 hours, unfortunately i forgot ask the fish monger add some ice on it; the heat in my trunk iniciate the fermentation of urea become amonia and made a very unpleasant piss or urine smells that made me had to discarded it. So, it’s very important to keep your stingray cold as possible from the freshmarket to your own kitchen, ask the fish monger to put some ice on the shopping bag.

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Ingredients to Make Sambal Stingray

Beside the sambal terasi or belachan chili barbeque sauce, i add thinly sliced onion, lemongrass, ginger and cherry tomato to the sambal stingray. The spices gives more bursting refreshing flavour into the grilled stingray.  The banana leaf gives a nice aroma and i guess it’s very essential ingredients for unthentic sambal stingray. You can use heavy duty alumunium foil only instead of any banana leaf for making sambal stingray actually, but you’ll gonna missed authentic asian banana leafy aromas.

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Put the Alumunium Foil, Banana Leaf, Sambal and Other Spices

This is how you make sambal pari, it’s actually so easy to grilled stingray with chili barbeque sauce on banana leaf with wok pan and kitchen stove. Firstly once you got back from market is to clean your stingray fillet and then marinated it with salt and kaffir lime or kalamansi juice 30 minutes priorly to cooked. Lay heavy duty alumunium foil over skillet or wok pan,  you need to dis this if you didn’t want to deal with the sticky mess after you cooked the sambal stingray. Put two layer of banana leaf over the alumunium foil and then spread the thinly sliced lemongrass, onion, ginger and cherry tomatoes over the banana leaf and then pour the chili sambal all over it. Spread it evenly and do not overfilled the banana leaf.

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Put Generous Ammount of Chili Sambal Over the Stingray Fillet

Turn on the stove into medium high heat then put the stingray fillet then over the chili sambal that you’ve spreaded before. Added more chili sambal barbeque sauce generously to cover the stingray fillet entirely. Put some metal lid to cover the wok and let the magic happen

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Cover with Lid and let the Dripping Liquid Evaporated

This is how what you’ve got sfter you cooke whe sambal stingray with the lid cover on and Itake a brief shoots into the sambal stingray, you’ll seen a lot of the liquid driven off from the stingray fish meat and cherry tomato. make sure you let this liquid evaporated before you flipped it over to cooked another side.

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Flipped the Sambal Stingray with a Help of a Plate

Ater the sambal stingray spices and dripping liquid evaporated, put some banan leaf and another heavy duty alumunium foil and then flipped it over upside down with a help of big flat plates. Let the other side of the sambal stingray cooked until ste spices and fish charred a lil bit.

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The moment of truth! TAA..DAAH your Sambal Stingray is Done!

This is how the sambal stingray looked a like once t done and i flip it over from a wok pan to a flat plate. The sambal stingray or grilled stingray with chili barbeque sauce is done and ready to served. Scrapped some of the burnt a little bit of you like, but i like it very much jst like a soccarat or charred and slighly burnt rice on my Rabbit and Snail Paella ala Valenciana Recipe

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SAMBAL STINGRAY RECIPE (Grilled Stingray with Chili Sambal Barbeque Sauce)

SAMBAL STINGRAY RECIPE (Grilled Stingray with Chili Sambal Barbeque Sauce):

Ingredients:

  • 1 kg stingray or skate wing, cut into individual portion
  • 1 kaffir lime juice to marinate the stingray
  • banana leaf
  • heavy duty alumunium foil
  • 50 gr ripe cherry tomato, thinly sliced
  • 3 lemongrass, use the tender white part only
  • 1/2 onion, julienned
  • thumb size ginger, peeled, julienned
  • Chili Sambal Barbeque Sauce

Garnish:

  • Chopped tomato
  • Sliced Chilies
  • Sliced Scallion

How To Grilled Stingray with Chili Sambal Barbeque Sauce:

  • Marinade the stingray fish with kaffir lime juice and salt, keep it in the fridge
  • Lay some heavy duty alumunium foil over wok pan, then add 2 pieces of banana leaf sheet over it
  • Spread the sliced chery tomato and lemongrass and the julienned ginger and onion
  • Spread some of the chili sambal barbeque sauce and put the stingray over it
  • Put chili sambal barbeque sauce over the stingray fillet generously to cover it entirely and then turn on the stove to medium high heat
  • Cover the wokpan with lid and wat for about 10-15 minutes until all the spices and the dripping juices evaporated
  • Put another sheet of banan laf and alumunium foil and then flipped the stingray with a help of a plate
  • Slide the sambal stingray back into the wok pan and then let the other side of the stingray charred and done
  • Flipped the sambal stingray again with the help of the serving plate, peel of the banan leaf and pur some more chili sambal barbeque sauce
  • Garnish and serve immediately.
  • Slide foil, leaf and fish onto serving plate. Pull foil from underneath banana leaf and discard.Garnish and serve immediately.

Chili Sambal Barbeque Sauce Recipe for Grilling the Stingray or Skate Fish:

  • 100 gr cayenne chili pepper
  • 50 gr bird eye chili pepper
  • 100 gr ripe cherry tomato, finely diced
  • 100 g shallots
  • 50 g garlic
  • 15 g ginger
  • 2 lemongrass, use the tender white part only
  • 1 tbsp tamarind paste
  • 15 g terasi or belacan (fermented shrimp paste)
  • 30 g palm sugar, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

How To Make Chili Sambal Barbeque Sauce Recipe

  • Put all the chili pepper, shallots, garlic, ginger, lemongrass, shrimp paste and red chillies in a processor and  grind it into a fine paste
  • Stir-fry sambal paste with vegetable oil over medium heat untill fragrant, the oil is separated from the chili paste and the colour is darkens, about 15 minutes .
  • Add palm sugar, tamarind and season it with salt and pepper, adjust the seasoning if necessary.
  • Turn off the heat and your homemade  chili sambal barbeque sauce is ready to use.

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Recipe Unagi Kabayaki Japanese Style Grilled Eel with Sweet Soy Sauce

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Unagi Kabayaki

Unagi Kabayaki Recipe.Unagi means japanese freshwater eel, and kabayaki refers broiled unagi fillet. Kabayaki is a japanese style cooking, the eel butterflied from the back side, gutted, deboned, drenched with sweetened soy sauce, skewerred with bamboo skewer then broiled in a charcoal grill until the unagi eel filet cooked. Kabayaki is not only for cooking eel but also several kind of fish like my Sanma Kabayaki or Broiled Pacific Saury in Japanese Sweet Soy Sauce Recipe

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Unagi Kabayaki from Raw Unagi Eel Fillet

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Store Brought and Ready to Eat Unagi Kabayaki

Unagi or Japanese freshwater eel is usually available in a Japanese supermarket. Unagi kabayaki is also available ready to eat, usually vaccum packed and frozen, all you need to do is reheated is in a microwave or simply pan fried  it in a skillet. A small pack of unagi kabayaki cost me about 14 USD, i love the umami flavour but not the texture,  the unagi eel meat texture is spongy and flaky instead of moist and succulent. You may seen the frozen japanese eel or unagi, never choose unvaccum sealed eel or any kind of fish fillet, choose only vaccum packed unagi eel fillet otherwise you purchased for tasteless and spongy eel meat.  So i personally i prefer the raw unagi fillet better than then cooked it kabayaki style myself, because the properly vaccum sealed raw unagi eel fillet is still moist and succulent ofter cooked.

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Skewered Broiled Eel or Unagi Kabayaki

Kabayaki style grilled unagi eel usually skewered with bamboo skewer before glazed with swetened soy sauce and broiled over charcoal grill. Asian really depend on bamboo skewer, we used it to made Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce or Chinese Honey Grilled Pork Belly Charsiew. Remember to soak the bamboo skewer  in a cold tab water overnight or simply boiling it for ten minutes before you using it, otherwise the bamboo skewer is easily burned out over the grill.

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Unagi Kabayaki: Finger Licking Good!

Homemade kabayaki sauce for glazing the gilled unagi or freshwater eel is usually made of 3 parts light soy sauce, 1 part mirin, 1 part sake, and  2 parts white caster sugar by volume.  This is the basic kabayaki sauce recipe and the ratio used to be different for each licking, beside, whole cloves garlic, cinnamon, star anise and sliced ginger added when the kabayaki sauce is simmerred until thickened into half amount. Kabayaki sauce taste sweet because the addition of sugar and mirin (sweet rice wine), so i guess kabayaki sauce should be called swetened soy sauce, do not confuse with kecap manis or Indonesian sweet soy sauce.Making your own unagi kabayaki with store brought kabayaki sauce made your life easier. Store brought kabayaki sauce usually using molases instead of sugar as a swetened agent, this made the store brought kabayaki sauce is not easily burn during the grilling process. That’s why molasses is more preferred than sugar for any glazing barbeque sauce, including kabayaki sauce. Homemade kabayaki sauce is not only suits for grilling fish, but also for chicken fillet, shrimp or any kind of seafoods.

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Homemade Unagi Kabayaki

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Unagi Kabayaki

In Indonesia, we familiar with swamp eel, with many kind of names: asian eel, rice field eel, padi field eel. Slightly different with unagi, swamp eel is finless. The taste is quite similiar, but i guess the  unagi is fattier and meatier than swamp eel. The basic preparation of swamp eel for making kabayaki is also similiar with unagi. You can watch how to do it in how to butterfly eel for kabayaki

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Unagi Kabayaki

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Deep Fried Eel Bone

I love nose to tail concept of eating, nothing edible part of the animal left behind and discarded. This is the best way to honour the sacrifation of the aniwal live. I love to eat the eel bone, it’s crunchy and crispy. The unagi or japanese eel bone is marinated with salt, pepper and lime juice then deep fried in a medium heat flame uti it’s crisp up, totally scrumptious.  I even ever had a fish bone crusted fish steak in a restaurant, the fish ribs bone deep fried and then crumbled on top of halibut fillet.

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Growing up in Indonesia is made me familiar with swamp eel, especially in my childhood. Beside the fact that eel is a brain food within it’s essential omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acid that help to improve a chind brain’s neurotransmitter capability that basically made you think faster. In indonesia we used to called griled eel as belut bakar kecap manis  or simply belut panggang kecap. We didn’t use kabayaki sauce for making belut bakar kecap, but it’s using kecap manis or or Indonesia sweet soy sauce, just like my Balinese Style Barbequed Baby Back Ribs sauce. Large swamp eel about 300-400 grams each suits for making kabayaki style grilled eel, but the smaller is usually batterred and deep fried just like my Deep Fried Beer Batter Calamary or Squid Ring.

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Unagi Kabayaki Recipe( Japanese Style Grilled Freshwater Eel with Sweetened Soy Sauce)

Unagi Kabayaki Recipe( Japanese Style Grilled Freshwater Eel with Sweetened Soy Sauce):

  • 2 large unagi or Japanese eel  about 200-300 grams each (You can replace with swamp eel or conger ell or any kind of eel you’ve got)
  • 1 lime juice
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup kabayaki sauce and more for glazing the grilled eel
  • Bamboo skewer, soaked in a water overnight to prevent it burning over the grill

How to Make Unagi Kabayaki:

  • You can watch how to preparing live unagi eel for kabayaki here
  • Kill the unagi eel by made incision in the back of the head until the eel died bleeding
  • Cut open the unagi eel from the backside by running a very sharp boning knive alongside the backbone
  • Take out the unagi eel  guts
  • Wash the unagi eel  under a cold  running water, rub  and clean the reddish black part in the center of the cavity  below the back bone
  • Remove the unagi eel back bone by running the sharp boning knive within the backbone from the head to the tail
  • Cut the unagi eel into bite pieces
  • Pat dry the excess moisture using kitchen paper
  • Put the unagi eel fillet in a bambo skewer
  • Apply the  homemade kabayaki sauce all over the unagi eel
  • Broil the kabayaki sauce glazed unagi eel until the kabayaki sauce is caramelised and the unagi eel is cooked through, flip it over to prevent the kabayaki sauce burned out.
  • Apply more kabayaki sauce  in the unagi eel meat side twice during the broiling process
  • Served the unagi kabayaki immediately with steaming hot rice.

Homemade Kabayaki Sauce Recipe for Grilling Unagi or Eel:

  • 300 ml light soy sauce
  • 100 ml mirin
  • 10o ml sake
  • 200 ml molases or sugar (i’m using palm sugar)

How to Make Kabayaki Sauce :

  • Mix all ingredients in a heavy bottom non stick sauce pan, bring it to boil
  • Simmer the kabayaki sauce over low heat until thicken into half

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