I have such a craving for Jamaican food, it is unbelievable. Preferably a mutton dumpling or a saltfish patty.
@InvaderXan well, now i do too…
@meena Sorry 💚
@InvaderXan where do i get mutton in this sad, sad land…
i once ordered a mutton at an indian restaurant, and got lamb ☹
@InvaderXan Ooh, yes please. ^_^
(Sushi would also be *entirely* acceptable)
@porsupah Sushi is literally always good. Not sure quite how well it would go with callaloo, mind you.
@InvaderXan Hmm.. rendered into a paste and added to a maki? Perhaps with.. tuna and yellowtail? Or it could make a killer sauce to top eel.. =:9
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@porsupah Ok, now I'm quite enchanted with the idea of Japanese/Jamaican fusion cooking...
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@InvaderXan Research is clearly indicated. Tasty, spicy research. =:9
Not the same thing, but the best meal I've had was at a little place in Brisbane, where the Australian chef had taken cues from Japanese cuisine, emphasising simple ingredient combinations - and you know how good Oz seafood is. Had the tasting menu of some eight courses, every one an utter delight, though I only remember a couple: it began with a single shucked oyster in perfectly clarified tomato juice, leaving it perfectly colorless, but retaining the same texture and flavor. Simple, and such a perfect combination.
Another was squid and pork in a sort of light Asian BBQ sauce. It wound up with a black truffle and black pepper parfait, which may've even been my introduction to real, fresh truffle.
I was definitely a happy bunny that night. ^_^
@porsupah I never replied to this. Why did I never reply to this? Tasty, spicy research is my favourite kind! Hmmm... that could have various meanings. Choose whichever meanings you most like the thought of! 💚
Also this, oh my gosh, I'm still full up after lunch and this just made me hungry again! If I ever find myself in Brisbane, I need you to give me the name of this restaurant. I need it because of reasons. Yes.
One of those reasons is that I would like to be a happy bunny too!
@porsupah You know, I'm not sure I've ever eaten fresh truffles. Though sometime I should go hunting for them, I think...
@InvaderXan *giggle* Ah, sadly, they closed not long after - as I recall, the chef went on to star at some upscale hotels around east Asia. ^_^ It was called Jameson's - I visited in 2001, and I think the chef moved on within a year or so.
I am a strong believer of thorough research, yes. ^_^
Ooh, esoteric ingredients.. have you tried raising wasabi? Supposedly not too tricky, and quite different to the usual horseradish substitute that's served in its place - the catch is the vital oils involved are quite volatile, so you need to grate the root freshly and eat within 15 mins or so. (Though I dare say you know all that!)
If you could manage to find wild truffles, that'd be a big accomplishment! They do exist, but you know how valuable they are. Though as a career change goes, "truffle pig wrangler" does have appeal, I admit. ^_^ The flavor.. well, the good truffle oils do a decent job of conveying the idea, thankfully. I've been known to finish off even stir-fries with a good few drops of truffle oil.. =:)
@porsupah Well you know, I'm a scientist. So any kinds of research should, of course, be thorough, rigorous, and repeated multiple times to ensure statistical significance. 😉
Actually, I've never tried growing wasabi, but I'd like to try. It likes growing in shallow running water. There's a train station in Japan I visited (in Shizuoka, I think) where they keep some glass troughs with running water, and some very healthy looking wasabi plants! Enjoying it freshly grated is just... Mmmmm...
Truffle oil, I have definitely had. I found a shop in Geneva once, which sold nothing but a small galaxy of different infused oils. And I cannot repel flavour of that magnitude!
@InvaderXan Jamaican here, what is a mutton dumpling? I called both my parents to ask and neither knows, and Google just shows me Indian recipes. I'm losing my mind trying to figure it out. 💀
@Nymphia The ones I used to buy from the Jamaican food stands in the UK were just fried dumplings stuffed with curried mutton, though the chicken dumplings were easier to find. Same kind of batter as festivals. I didn't realise these weren't so common!
@InvaderXan It may not be that they're uncommon, rather that they're a part of Jamaican diaspora cuisine, particularly in the UK among British-Jamaicans! My mother said mutton is what they call goat, so the dumplings are filled with curry goat?
@Nymphia Ahhhh yeah, that's quite possible. After all, there are a lot of British Jamaicans. Restaurants, supermarkets, and food stalls are easy to find if you know where to look. 🙂
Though in the UK, goat is usually just called goat (goat curry is another thing I have a craving for right now!). Mutton usually comes from sheep. Though it probably also depends on who's cooking!
@InvaderXan Thank you for answering my questions! 🙏 I connect with my family's culture primarily through food, so I'm always eager to learn about new Jamaican dishes I hadn't heard of before!
@Nymphia Oh, no problem! I know exactly what you mean, food is a big part of how I connect with the different sides of my family. Especially the Chinese side -- a lot of Chinese culture is about food anyway!
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