RECIPE TITLE "Lobster Tails Shanghai Style
Copyright © by Wolfgang Puck.
Excerpted from: Great Gatherings: Star Chefs Entertain at Home Cookbook. Courtesy of macy's
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moderate to difficult
"For the 2007 Governors Ball, we wanted to do something really exciting at the moment when all the big stars were arriving," says Wolfgang, "so we made this dish, and we used whole spiny lobsters. We did the stir-frying with all the aromatics right at the tables as people were walking in. The smells drove everybody crazy!" For home cooks, he's modified the recipe to use lobster tails, which are easy to find and work with. The effect and flavor are no less exciting. For the spinach leaf garnish, he recommends using small baby spinach leaves, and cautions against overfrying them. "They may not look done, but they crisp up after you take them out of the oil.
4-inch piece fresh ginger
8 cloves garlic, minced
3 cups Chinese plum wine or port
1/4 cup rice vinegar
Peanut oil and unsalted butter for searing lobster
8 frozen raw lobster tails, thawed and split lengthwise
2 bunches scallions, white and pale green parts, cut into 3/8-inch-thick slices
2 tablespoons curry powder
1 cup dry white wine
2 cups homemade or store-bought fish stock
1/4 cup Chinese black vinegar or balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 cups heavy cream
4 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
Freshly ground black pepper
Fried baby spinach leaves for garnish
Preheat the oven to 500°F. Peel the ginger, removing the skin in wide pieces and reserving it. Cut the flesh into fine julienne strips. Cut the skin into coarse strips and set aside.
In a small saucepan, combine the julienned ginger, the garlic, 2 cups of the plum wine, and the rice vinegar over high heat. Bring to a boil and cook for about 10 minutes, or until only 1/4 cup liquid remains. Remove from the heat and reserve.
Place a heavy ovenproof 12-inch skillet over high heat and heat until very hot. Add 2 tablespoons peanut oil and heat until the oil is almost at the smoking point. Add 8 lobster tail halves, meat side down, being careful not to crowd the pan, and cook for 2 minutes. Turn the lobster tails over, add 1 tablespoon butter and cook for 1 minute more, or until the shells turn red and the butter is a nutty red. Transfer the seared lobster tails, meat side up, to a rimmed baking sheet and repeat with the remaining lobster tail halves, adding more peanut oil and butter as needed. (The lobster can be prepared up to this point, allowed to cool to room temperature, covered tightly with plastic wrap, and refrigerated for up to 2 days. Bring to room temperature before continuing.)
Return all the lobster to the skillet and transfer to the oven for about 10 minutes, or until the meat is just opaque throughout. Remove the lobster from the skillet and keep warm.
Return the skillet to medium-high heat and add the scallions, reserved ginger peels, and curry powder. Sauté lightly for 10 to 15 seconds, and then whisk in the remaining 1 cup plum wine along with the white wine, fish stock, black vinegar, and red pepper flakes. Simmer over medium heat for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the liquid is reduced to 2 cups. Add the cream and continue to simmer for 5 minutes more, or until the liquid is reduced by half. Add the liquid from the julienned ginger, and then whisk in the butter a few cubes at a time until incorporated. Strain the sauce through a fine-mesh sieve. Season with salt and pepper.
Arrange the lobster tail halves, meat side up, on a warmed oval platter. Spoon the sauce over the lobster tails, and then sprinkle the julienned ginger on top. Garnish with the spinach leaves and serve immediately.
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