Apparently there are people who judge the quality of a Japanese restaurant by the Wasabi served with their sushi. It is not hard to believe that since grated Wasabi has a subtle sweetish aftertaste which no horseradish can duplicate.
What is fascinating to me is that once these people get served the real Wasabi, they immediately destroy all the subtle flavors by dissolving it in a pool of soy sauce.
Jan, a reader of this blog, wrote to me asking for some recipes for sauces to go with steak. Personally, I usually just eat steak with a bit of mustard if the steak is fatty or if I’m feeling fancy, with a sauce made from reduced pan juices deglazed with Balsamic vinegar.
However, if you’re feeling really fancy and want an alternative, here’s my suggestion…
Biryani, Biriyani, Beriani, Buriani; there are many names, styles and variations to this amazing one-pot Sunday dinner that it’s meaningless to talk about authenticity. But I do love them all.
As such, in my quest to learn how to cook what I like to eat, this took me about a month to tweak and to talk to many people who’ve added much to my understanding of this epic dish. Many thanks go to David Yip for the suggestion of the Cartouche and to Thanaletchumy for her tips and tricks. She’s a fantastic home-cook who does an epic Teh Alia.
Any mistakes found here however, are all my fault.
It is said that Peranakan cuisine is designed as a system of control by the matriarchs: the food is as delicious as it is tedious to prepare. The former is a trump card to manage errant husbands and the latter to keep daughter-in-laws busy under an iron fist. This power play also gives rise to a very discerning palate.
Katong is well-known, among other things, for its concentration of Peranakan, but where do the Peranakan ladies gather for lunch?