Sunday, January 2, 2011

A Little Omega-3 to Celebrate the First Home-cooked Meal of the Palindromic 2011....

In celebrating the arrival of the palindromic 2011, I have decided to give myself an omega-3 boost by making a Thai Tom Yum sesame-crusted Ahi tuna, with stir-fried napa.

No supplements involved! I don't think there is a greater pleasure to nurture both your taste buds and your body than a simple and savoury dish..the keys to the simple part are a non-stick, and sesame seeds!

..leaving the benefits of omega-3 in the next entry =)

~ Thai Tom Yum Sesame-crusted Ahi Tuna ~

2 tbs Sesame seeds
1 tsp Ground ginger (ground galangal was used here)
1 pinch of sugar
~6 oz Tuna steak (best to be sushi grade)
1 tbs Thai Tom Yum paste (this can be replaced with other flavours to your taste, such as curry or chili bean paste)
1 tbs Canola oil
1 tbs Sesame oil
salt and fresh grounded pepper to taste

1. Towel-dried the tuna steak (at room temperature), and rub the paste on all sides
2. Combine the sesame seeds, ground ginger, few grinds of pepper and sugar in a plate
3. Firmly press the sesame seeds mixture onto all sides of tuna
4. Place the oils in a non-stick pan over medium-high heat, sear the tuna for 2 minutes per side, to create a nice crust, but still reddish pink in the centre
5. Serve with stir-fried napa cabbage (here I simply placed chopped napa into the same pan used to cook the tuna, so the vegetable could pick up all the residual sucs, similar to deglazing the pan with wine)

Bon Appetit~!

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