A dish influenced by one of my best friends, fellow chef, Louis Tikaram. Louis has a Fijian background and he once told me about one of Fiji’s national dishes, called kokoda, which incorporates coconut milk into a ceviche mix. This is my take on kokoda (pronounced kokonda), which infuses some of my Vietnamese heritage into the dish. When I asked Louis what he thought about me doing that, he said: ‘Sounds tasty.’ And that’s what the food at Ms G’s is all about: tasty.
80 ml (2 1/2 fl oz / 1/3 cup) nuoc cham
55 ml (1 3/4 fl oz) coconut cream
1 tablespoon ót tuóng
juice of 1/2 lime
Whisk all of the ingredients together in a bowl until well combined.
200 g (7 oz) piece of sashimi-grade trevally, skinned and boned
1 small long red chilli, thinly sliced
4 cherry tomatoes, quartered
70 g (2 1/2 oz) young coconut flesh, cut into thin strips
50 g (1 3/4 oz) salted cucumber
15 coriander (cilantro) leaves
1 red Asian shallot, thinly sliced
Slice the trevally into thin strips.
Transfer the fish to a bowl with the remaining ingredients.
Spoon about 100 ml (3 1/2 fl oz) of the dressing over the fish and mix well. Don’t worry if there looks like a lot of dressing, it starts to ‘cook’ the fish as you’re eating it, which is how it’s meant to be.
Serve in bowls and enjoy immediately.
Recipe and image from Mr Hong by Dan Hong (Murdoch Books, below)
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