Chinese New Year celebration starts with the new moon (first day of the new year) and ends with the full moon which is 15 days after the new moon. So it's 15 days of glorious food! Here I present you with more "lucky" foods. We ate more fish which symbolises a wish for excess of fortune every year. And served it with butternut squash risotto - a pool of gold.
Seared Tuna Steak with Sesame Crust
Ingredients:Butternut Squash & Mushroom Risotto
- 2 (about 250g each) Tuna Steaks
- Olive oil
- Sesame seeds
- Freshly Ground Black Pepper
- 3 tbs Dark Soy Sauce (老抽) - Pearl River Bridge is a common brand
- 1 tbs Shaoxing Wine
- 2 tbs Dijon Mustard
- 2 tbs Mirin
- 2 tbs Honey
- Marinate tuna steaks for at least an hour.
- Discard marinade.
- Wash steaks and pat dry with kitchen towels.
- Coat tuna steaks with olive oil.
- Sprinkle freshly ground black pepper on both sides of the steaks.
- On a plate, lay sesame seeds.
- Place tuna steaks on sesame seeds to coat the surface. Repeat for the other side.
- Sear steaks in a pan over high heat. 1 min each side.
Ingredients: serves 3
- 1 tbs Butter
- 3 tbs Olive oil
- 1 large Onion - diced
- 350g Butternut Squash - cut into 3/4 inch cubes
- 200g Arborio Rice
- about 600ml Chicken Stock (low-sodium)
- 140g Mushrooms (I used Sainsbury’s taste the difference exotic mushroom selections which contains Yellow Oyster, Hon Shimeji and Shiitake) - sliced
- 1 spoon Knorr Chicken Powder
- 1/4 tsp Freshly Grated Nutmeg
- Coriander (for garnishing)
- In a pan, heat up 2 tbs of olive oil.
- Add squash and fry until browned. Leave aside for later use.
- In another pan, heat up 1 tbs olive oil and 1 tbs butter in a pan.
- Add onions, saute until soften.
- Mix in rice, fry until rice is translucent at the edges.
- Add chicken stock (1/2 cup at a time), Knorr chicken powder, half of the fried squash and mushrooms.
- Stir every now and then.
- Add more water when liquid is completely absorbed.
- Continue until rice is cooked and all the liquid has been absorbed.
- Stir in the remaining fried squash.
- Mix in grated nutmeg and add salt to taste.
- Garnish with coriander.