Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Gastronomic Delights 7: Parts 1 & 2

Two more from the home of the spontaneous and raw:

A Two-Part Feast:

Gastronomic Delights 7 Pt 1: Pho

• Beef bones
• 1 lb stewing beef
• 1 roasted chicken or package of chicken bones
• 1 large onion
• 2 five inch pieces of ginger, peeled and crushed
• 3 carrots
• 5 stalks of celery with leaves
• 1 six inch cinnamon stick
• 1 teaspoon of pepper corn
• 7 cloves
• 7 star anise
• 1 tablespoon of sugar
• 1 tablespoon of salt
• 1 tablespoon of patis (fish sauce)
1. Charbroil beef bones for about 3 minutes. Rinse and remove marrow.
2. Bring 7 litres of water to boil.
3. Add the bones (again), stewing beef, roasted chicken / chicken bones, onion, ginger, carrots, celery, and cinnamon.
4. Also add in a tea strainer ball: pepper corn, cloves, star anise.
5. Once it boils again, bring down to a simmer (minimum) and cook.
6. Remove the stewing beef (as much of it as you can) after 1 hour
7. After (at least) 3-4 hours, remove broth from the ingredients and bring to a boil again.
8. Add sugar, salt, and patis (fish sauce).
9. Let it cool on its own, then refrigerate overnight and skim off fat in the morning.

Gastronomic Delights 7 Pt 1: Pho

20061019 - San Soda (We Play House Purple)
A1 - Specter (Downbeat 01)
Station 1 - Jacksonville (Doppler)
Haunted House - Kris Wadsworth (Boe)
KapTinKrunch - Galuszka (Siteholder Uncut)
The Playmaker (Dyed Soundorom Couger remix) - Anthea & Celler (Freak n' Chic)
Face To Face - Pan-Pot (Mobilee)
Homer (Dustin Zahn remix) - Sasha Carassi & Gianluca Luisi (Plastirules)
A - Traversable Wormhole 2 (Traversable Wormhole)
Applies Generics B - Forward Strategy Group (Forward Strategy Group)
Megamixx (Mr G's Movin' remix) - Jonny Rock & Luke Solomon (Disco 45)
Ten 1 - Ethyl & Huxley (Cecille Numbers)
Maddoxx - Ali Kuru (8-Bit)
Look Inside Sun - William Kouam Djoko (3120)
Right At It (Michael Cleis Deeper remix) - Baeka (Rekids)
The Medium Is The Message - Levon Vincent (Novel Sound)
A - Mofo 02 (Mofo)

Gastronomic Delights 7 Pt 2: Char Gio/Nems

To make about sixty cha gio, you'll need:

225g cellophane (bean thread) noodles
4 carrots, grated
8 dried shitake mushrooms, soaked
8 water chestnuts
1 dressed crab
12 raw tiger prawns, peeled and deveined
350g minced pork
1 onion
5 spring onions
4 cloves garlic
6 shallots
4 tablespoons fish sauce (nuoc mam)
3 eggs
15 x 25cm discs of rice paper (available in oriental supermarkets)

Sugar and water for soaking
Oil for deep-frying
Lettuce and mint leaves for wrapping

4 cloves minced garlic
½ cup nuoc mam
¼ cup caster sugar
1 teaspoon chili oil
1 diced red chili

Soak the noodles in boiling water and set aside, draining and rinsing in cold water after 15 minutes. Put the mushrooms, water chestnuts, crab, pork, prawns, onions, garlic and shallots in the food processor and pulse until chopped finely. Use your hands to stir in the fish sauce, the eggs, the carrots and the noodles.

Fill a mixing bowl half-full with warm water, and dissolve about six tablespoons of caster sugar in it - the sugar will help the rolls brown and help the sweetness of the carrots come through. Soak a rice-paper disc in this until it's soft and pliable. Cut it with scissors into quarters. Place a dessert spoonful of the filling on the curved edge, fold over the adjacent corners and roll up, as in these photographs.

Deep fry the little rolls (I use a wok, which helps save on oil) until they are golden brown.

To serve, wrap each one in a leaf of lettuce with some mint leaves. Dip in the spicy sauce and do your very best to nibble delicately. Delicious.

Gastronomic Delights 7 Pt 2: Char Gio/Nems

Vermillion Sun - Eve White (DNP)
Deep Sea - Story 001 (Story)
Sweeter Than - Audiofly X (Supernature)
Bebring - Alland Byallo (Nightlight)
Balkan 2 - DJ Wild (International Freakshow)
Refuse Greed - Queen Atom (Dumb Unit)
Blues Brunch (Catwash remix) - Mirco Violi & Fabio Gianelli (Adult Only)
Life Form - E.S.O.M. (Emphasis)
Cirkel 006.00 (Cirkel)
Isch - Thomas Brinkmann (Curle)
Kasmir (Peter Ford remix) - Onur Ozer (Vakant)
A. Frozen Border 003 (Frozen Border)
La Madone - Shonky (Contexterrior)
A. Odyssey - Kenny Leaven (Elenore)
Gamma - Nima Gorji (Murmur)
Just A Groove (Alex Cappelli & Leonardo Gonnelli Chic 2 Chic remix) - Marc Ashken (FVF)
A. - Horizontal Ground 01 (Horizontal Ground)
It's Funk, It's House (Damian Schwartz remix) - Frankie Flowerz (Hypercolour)

Done at Castle Corey, Haverhill, Suffolk, UK on two 1210s, two Pioneer CDJ200s an Allen & Heath XOne:32 and recorded onto a Mac Probook using Audacity. . .in the middle of coughing fits, but I'm not a swine.

Download pho here and nems here.

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