I have eaten octopus at Japanese restaurants – pondered those big tentacles at the fish market – eaten Vietnamese style stir-fried baby octopus many times – marvelled at the giant squid at the Te Papa museum in Wellington, New Zealand. This glazed octopus is the synthesis of those experiences.
This darker style red miso soup has an intensity of flavour very different from those made with the more familiar white miso. Piled on top was seafood steamed in sake and various aromatics. The combination was truly a symphony of flavours.
In On The Table Ep. 1, Anthony Bordain and his close friend Eric Ripert cook this seafood stew, while Bourdin talks very openly about his life and work.
The citrus and anise flavours complement the slow-baked salmon beautifully. Slow baking ensures the flavours meld, yet the salmon remains moist and succulent. The citrus butter sauce further enhances the flavour, while adding a creaminess to the texture as only a beurre blanc style sauce can.