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.
Waffles are simply a packaging for ingredients of your choice. But oh what a beautiful package.
The crisp golden surface encases a slightly chewy and intensely flavoured centre. The banana, walnuts, cacao nibs, and sourdough starter contribute their unique strengths to shape these awesome sweet sourdough waffles.
Hotteok is Korean street food. The dough is wrapped around a sweet filling, normally a mix of sugar, nuts, spices, and then shallow fried. In this hotteok recipe, the filling is a delicious blueberry reduction and a slice of brie.
Crispy potato waffles are a delight any time. Add the complexity of black sausage and a dab of crème fraîche to this potato waffle recipe, and you have something worthy of savouring together with a glass of good wine.
Succulent sweet corn and umami-packed green onions are encased here in crisp waffles. While delicious on their own, the three dips add their own very distinctive dimensions, especially the hatcho miso dip.
The crisp sweetness of the watermelon fennel salad, with the hints of aniseed from the fennel, is complemented beautifully by the nutty crunchy yet creamy ricotta waffles.
The sweetness of the corn and zucchini is complemented by salty, savoury pancetta resulting in simply delicious waffles. But why stop there. The roasted red pepper dressing ups the delectable rating many more notches.
Rogan josh is a spicy dish of Persian or Kashmiri origin. Made with individual spices rather than a curry mix, this Kashmiri rogan josh, or lamb curry, has considerable depth of flavour. The pea and mint savory waffles and raita provide a welcome cooling balance.
Kimchi-jeon, or kimchi pancakes, are reimaged here as kimchi waffles. We retain that spicy, slightly sour, and funky kimchi character in a super crisp waffle package. Topped with a gochujang sauce and some seared tofu, this is a taste and texture sensation you will remember.
Miso, wakame, and roasted red peppers transform the salmon head stock into something divine. Add the flaked salmon, and the carrot and daikon waffles, which act like dumplings, and you have a salmon miso soup as nutritious as it is delicious.
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.
After eating ratatouille at a French restaurant, I couldn’t help thinking about how chef Gusteau’s ratatouille, in the movie of the same name, prepared by our culinary hero Remy the rat, looked so much more appetising, especially staged on a polenta waffle.
These Chinese sausage waffles have that freshly baked bread aroma from the yeast. Layered on that is the sweet umami character of the Chinese sausage or lap xuong in Vietnamese. These pair perfectly with the miso enhanced pea and red pepper salad.
These roasted red pepper and corn waffles are made using yeast as a leavening agent, adding a layer of flavour and a nice chewiness to the texture.