Italy Meets Japan In This Rich Risotto

Sam Choy
By Sam Choy
Wednesday - August 10, 2011
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This week, Hideaki Miyoshi, chef-owner of Tokkuri Tei, visits the shows.

This show aired originally in November 2009.


For Topping:

* 1 cup yamaimo (Japanese yam)
* 8 ounces ahi fillet
* 8 ounces salmon fillet
* 8 ounces unagi kabayaki (seasoned Japanese eel)
* 1/4 cup finely sliced green onions
* 4 ounces ikura (salmon roe)

Peel the yamaimo and dice into 1/4-inch pieces. The yamaimo can irritate your hands; you can wear rubber gloves or just hold the yamaimo with a paper towel while peeling and cutting it. Dice the ahi and salmon into 1/4-inch pieces. Remove the skin of the unagi kabayaki and dice the eel into 1/4-inch pieces. Finely slice the green onions. Rinse them under cold running water, drain and set aside to dry. Combine yamaimo, ahi, salmon, unagi, sliced green onions and ikura. Mix well, cover and store in the refrigerator.

For Risotto:

* 4 tablespoons butter
* 4 ounces enoki mushrooms
* 4 ounces shimeji mushrooms
* 2 cups cooked rice
* 2 cups teriyaki cream sauce (see recipe below)
* 4 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese (optional)

Use a knife to remove the roots of the enoki and shimeji mushrooms. Heat the butter in a frying pan over medium heat. Add the mushrooms and sauté for a minute.

Add the cooked rice and teriyaki cream sauce. Lower the heat slightly. Cook, stirring, until the rice is warm and sticky. It will have the consistency of risotto. This will take about 5 minutes. If using Parmesan cheese, sprinkle it over the rice and stir.

Place the warm risotto into each bowl. Top with the cold seafood mixture. Place masago and microgreens in the middle of the risotto. Pipe a narrow ribbon or a necklace of Sriracha sauce around the bowl. Serve at once.

For Teriyaki Cream Sauce:

* 1 teaspoon butter
* 1 tablespoon shoyu
* 2 tablespoons mirin
* 4 tablespoons heavy cream
* black pepper, to taste
* granulated garlic, to taste

Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a nonstick pan. You can sauté your favorite mushrooms in the same pan at this point, if you like. Add mirin and shoyu and mix. Add heavy cream. Now stir the sauce constantly with a heat-resistant spatula. Heat should be on medium. If it is too high, the sauce will burn. Continue reducing the sauce. As the sauce cooks, the color darkens. Check the consistency of the sauce by dipping a spoon into it and lifting it out. If the sauce coats the back of the spoon and it doesn’t all drip off, it’s ready.

(Watch “Sam Choy’s Kitchen” Saturdays at 6:30 p.m. on KHNL News 8.)

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