Mr.Hong by Dan Hong
This is probably one of the best new cookbooks on the market, it is a killer. Packed full of flavour, technique and ingredients. If you go to the extent of sourcing all the ingredients you will not be disappointed with the flavours and you will learn a lot about flavour profiles predominantly from French, Vietnam, Thai, China, Laos and American (yep that’s right).
The stocks are delicious and obviously mastered by this dynamic young chef. In the day and age of celebrity chefs the great thing about Dan Hong is his youth. It is this youth with the spirit of both research and authenticity which delivers you a cook book which works like a rock music performance. The recipe for the Supreme stock is truly delicious. As the back drop for soups, noodles, pork, prawn, lobster it is a true sensation. I learned of the benefit of conpoy in this recipe. Conpoy are dried scallops which is a true delicacy in the Chinese cuisine so much so the Chinese grocers keep it behind the till so punters do not steal it. The ingedient however cook in the Supreme stock gives this deep, deep unami flavour.
Another ingredient I found hard to find however now sits front and centre in my pantry is white soy sauce. I had never heard of it but it is another lesson on the benefits of a recipe book pushing the boat out so as to give the participant so new tools and flavours in the kitchen. The white soy dressing recipe is now all ready a family hit at home. Such a versatile ingredient. The salty unami flavours however lighter enough that the soy does not have a effect on the colour of the food in the salads.
So far everything I have tried so far has been a playful mouthful of flavour that you continue to salivate for. The crispy quail and the crispy eggplant together are incredible. The tacos are kick arse regardless if you are using testicles or tripe, but deffer to any protein here and you will be rewarded regardless. The Cheese Burger is a crowd favourite and serious and fun at the same time.
I don’t often get obsessed by cook books like I have with this one.