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Steamed Halibut Flashed with Thai Bird-Kaffir Lime Oil

1 Lime; juiced
2 tb Salt
2 tb Sugar
4 c Water
4 Thick fillets of halibut - (6 oz ea); square shaped
Red leaf or banana leaf; for steaming
4 Scallions; cut 1/16" ribbons
1/2 c Peanut oil -; (Lion and Globe or
An artisan roasted peanut oil)
6 Fresh kaffir lime leaves; cut 1/16" ribbons
3 Thai bird chiles; cut 1/16" slices
1 tb Ginger in 1/16" ribbons
1 tb Garlic in 1/16" slices
Salt; to taste
Freshly-ground black pepper; to taste


Turmeric Fried Rice:
Canola oil; to cook
2 Eggs; beaten
1 tb Minced garlic
1 tb Minced ginger
4 Scallions; cut 1/8" slices
4 c Day old cooked jasmin rice; (add 1 tspn of Turmeric to raw rice to cook in the flavor and color)
2 tb Thin soy sauce
1/2 ts Freshly-ground white pepper
Salt; to taste


Long Bean Salad:
4 c Chinese long beans in 2" pieces (can substitute blanched haricots verts)
1/2 tb Sambal oelek
1 tb Fish sauce
Juice of 2 limes
Salt; to taste
Freshly-ground black pepper; to taste


xx Set up a steamer that can hold the 4 fillets. Mix lime juice, salt, sugar and water. Add the fish and brine for 20 minutes. Add the fillets to the steamer (should be lined with red leaf or banana leaf), top with the scallions and steam for 8 to 10 minutes until cooked though.

Meanwhile, in a small sauce pan, heat the peanut oil very hot until almost smoking. Mix the kaffir, chile, ginger, garlic and salt and pepper. First plate the halibut and right before serving, add the mix to the hot oil, mix and immediately flash the halibut. Serve.

For the Tumeric Fried Rice: It is recommended to use day old rice so that the drier rice can soak up the flavors. In a wok, add 2 tablespoons of oil and quickly soft scramble the eggs. Remove the eggs. In the same wok, coat with oil and stir-fry garlic and ginger. Add scallions and rice and heat thoroughly. Add soy sauce, white pepper and scrambled eggs. Check for seasoning.

For the Long Bean Salad: Blanch the long beans in a 350 degree fryer for only 1 minute until wrinkled. Mix in a bowl the sambal, fish sauce and lime juice. Add the hot long beans. Check for seasoning and adjust. Let sit at room temperature.

For Plating: Using a 2 1/2-inch O-ring or cut out tuna fish can, fill the bottom half with the fried rice. Top with the long beans and press down firmly. Top with the halibut and flash with the oil.

This recipe yields 4 servings.