It’s near the end of 2014 and I’m still seeing people using the old “authenticity” stick to win arguments about cuisine. It’s a meaningless label because authenticity in cuisine is a sham. And it can be a millstone hanging around a cook’s neck.
Recently J. Kenji Lopez-Alt of Serious Eats posted a really good article on using your cast-iron pan and a tortilla to make a world-class pizza, and it fired me up to fire up my oven and cast-iron pan.
Roast Pork Loin
Ever so often someone would post a photo of roast crackling pork and while a lot of care and devotion is dedicated to obtaining a crackling skin, the rest of the pork is ignored; I see dry (or worse: burnt) meat. This does distract from the complete enjoyment of the dish.
It is a tragic waste.
Metaphors be with you. Let’s cut the mustard to get to the chase: in a sushi restaurant, tuna comes mainly in 3 different cuts: Akami, Chutoro and Otoro. There are many people who will use terms like “melts in the mouth”, “meaty flavor” or even “moist” to describe these cuts of tuna. To these people, the fatty otoro is the be all and end all of tuna.
But here’s my take.
If you ask me what’s my favorite Japanese restaurant in Singapore, I’d have to say that it’s not a sushi place. I love sushi but these places come and go so it can be heartbreaking when just as you find a nice place, it disappears. Such is life.
However, one Japanese restaurant that has stood the test of time and is my favorite is Tenshin at The Regent.