This dish invokes some mystery for me. Within this tortilla, the black beans, black rice, and black garlic provide a dark backdrop to the colour and light of the red peppers and fresh mozzarella.
A lot is going on in this compact dish. The chewy black rice cake, fresh salmon patty, crisp salmon skin, and velvety egg yolk are complemented by the acidity and mild heat of the green peppercorn drizzle. Wonderful.
Sometimes an ingredient exceeds all one’s expectations. For example, the black rice brings a delicious nuttiness to these yeast-based black rice waffles. They are also visually engaging. And the texture – so crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside.
Despite its simplicity, this whipped feta dip has a depth and complexity of flavour that cries out for something crisp and crunchy to be dipped in and lifted to your waiting lips. The black rice waffles are the perfect vehicle.
A satisfyingly chewy wild rice salad with cranberries, pine nuts, and a roast garlic-infused dressing is accompanied here by miso-glazed portobello mushrooms.
Chazuke, meaning tea over rice, is a comfort food in Japan. Here we swap out the white rice for tasty mixed rice and stir through savoury miso cured salmon, a sake chazuke.
The Asian wild rice pilaf recipe combines the earthy nutty flavour and satisfyingly chewy texture of wild rice, cooked in a flavour enhancing dashi. It is topped with a sweet Japanese-style curry sauce and crispy fried tofu.
A variation on oyakodon, this tanindon or donburi (rice bowl) recipe, tops the rice with salmon and green onion lightly poached in seasoned dashi stock. A raw egg yolk tops off the delectable combination.
The classic Beef Wellington reimagined with a more tasty, nutritious, and environmentally friendly black bean core. This Vegetarian Wellington is paired with a mushroom miso gravy, layering in loads of umami.
These black and white beans exhibit an earthiness complemented by a vegetarian broth infused with the heavenly spices and aromatics that make Vietnamese veggie pho so distinctive.
The complexity of the duck, marinated and slow-cooked, is perfectly balanced with fresh herbs, vegetables, and tofu in these rice paper wraps. The green herb sauce draws out these flavours while adding a whole other layer of deliciousness.
Use a handful of sticky rice to scoop up some of this spicy and smoky grilled eggplant dip. Not only is it delicious, but this dish, inspired by jeow mak keua from Laos, is also fun to eat.
Call it fusion. Call it a mash-up. These black pudding and apple parcels, echoing that classic pork and apple sauce combination, are dipped in a lively ginger garlic dipping sauce that perfectly balances that rich black sausage.
An appetiser’s purpose… stimulate your appetite and leave you wanting more. The rich and complex flavours in this dish certainly had people hungry for more. The roasted garlic cream sauce was simply divine. The black pudding spiked mash – delectable! And seared scallops are great any time anywhere.