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Home| Tempura Soft Shell Crab and Asparagus With Yuzu-Maui Onion Salad
Tempura Soft Shell Crab and Asparagus With Yuzu-Maui Onion Salad
Tempura Soft Shell Crab and Asparagus With Yuzu-Maui Onion SaladTempura Soft Shell Crab and Asparagus With Yuzu-Maui Onion Salad

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2 cups rice flour
1 teaspoon chile powder
2 tablespoons raw sesame seeds
1 quart cold soda water
4 cleaned soft shell crabs, primes or hotels
12 medium, peeled asparagus
1 maui onion cut into thick 1/2-inch rings

In a large bowl, mix flour, chile powder and sesame seeds. Whisk in soda water until a pancake batter consistency is achieved. In one hand, grab one crab, 3 asparagus and 2 onions rings and completely coat in the batter. Lightly drop in 350 degree oil and fry for 4 to 5 minutes until golden brown. Season with salt and drain on paper towels. Repeat with remaining crabs, asparagus and onion.

YUZU-MAUI ONION SALAD:
1 large, peeled and rough chopped maui onion (walla-walla or vidalia would work)
1/3 cup yuzu or ponzu or rice wine vinegar
1 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon sesame oil
Salt and black pepper to taste

4 cups salad mix containing mizuna and tatsoi

In a food processor, puree everything together until smooth. Check for seasoning. Toss the salad lightly with the vinaigrette.

PLATING On a large plate, drizzle some remaining vinaigrette. Place a small mound of salad and top with the tempura crab sliced in half.

Wine Suggestion: Sancerre, Richard Bourgeois, 1997

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes

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