Unagi is braised freshwater eel, a fatty fish with a satisfyingly firm texture, making it a perfect filling for dumplings. A clear fish broth made from simmering salmon bones in ichiban dashi complements these tasty morsels.
A small serving eaten prior to the main course, appertisers, as their name suggests, are intended to stimulate the appetite. Also known as entrées, they could also be served as tapas style – multiple courses of small dishes.
A spicy Sichuan málà style sauce gets drizzled over smoky grilled eggplant. Serve this Sichuan eggplant with rice, or use it as a side or appetiser.
Freshly cooked white beans, marinated in a smoky and spicy infused olive oil, sit atop a fresh and sweet pea and herb mash. These are two very different components that lift each other to new heights.
Crabmeat is deliciously sweet. Combined with creamy ricotta and wrapped in crisp panko crumbs, and these crab and ricotta croquettes are delectable. But dip them in the sweet, sour, and salty roast tomato ponzu, and you will be asking for more.
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.
Agedashi is silken tofu encased in a gelatinous yet crisp coating of potato starch and swimming in umami-packed tsuyu. The truffled mushrooms add delicious complexity to this already luxurious agedashi tofu recipe.
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.
The melt-in-your-mouth sous vide pork belly paired with a tangy blueberry reduction is a combination that both excites and satisfies. Created as a course in a tasting menu, this dish also works great as an appetiser.
The fresh yet earthy chilled gazpacho beautifully complements the sweet, succulent seared scallop. This recipe for gazpacho with a seared scallop is a little like a surf and turf dish – replacing the meat with much healthier vegetables.
Made some pizza bases? Ready to step up to a higher level? This easy focaccia recipe is a fun next step in bread making. With a satisfying crispy crust and moist, tasty crumb, this delicious bread goes great with soups and salads. Or, enjoy with a piece of prosciutto or canned sardines in olive oil.
These duck and herb springs rolls would be great with a wide range of sauces. With this very special dipping sauce, they are phenomenal.
Departing from the typical white wine-based sauce, these NZ green-lipped mussels are steamed in sake and miso. Sorry white wine – this is some serious competition!