Clevedon Coast Oysters with Tapioca Crust and Lychee, Chilli Lime and Ginger Salad

2:14 am on 17 March 2009

(Serves 6)

Ingredients

18 Whole Clevedon coast oysters freshly shucked
½ cup ground tapioca
¼ cup cornflour
¼ tsp sichun pepper
flaky sea salt
1 cup buttermilk

Dressing

¼ cup mirin
juice of 2 limes
1 Tblspn olive oil
2 Tblspn grapeseed oil

Chilli lime and ginger salad

18 fresh lychees
2 tsp ginger (finely chopped)
1 red chilli (de-seeded finely chopped)
6 basil leaves juilenne
6 flat leaf parsley juilenne

Method

For Dressing

Reduce Mirin to a light caramal over a medium to high heat and add the lime juice. Whisk in olive oil and grapeseed oil.

For the Salad

Peel and remove stones from lychees and break flesh into rough pieces. Add ginger, chilli, basil and parsley.

Mix together tapioca cornflour, sichuan pepper and salt.

Place shucked oysters into the butter milk, toss into the tapioca mix, and deep fry until white and crisp.

Drain on paper towels.

Toss lychees with a little dressing and place in the middle of the plate.

Arrange 3 oysters on each salad and spoon around the dressing.

What to drink

Gruner Veitliner
Coopers Creek 'The Groover' 2008

Gewurztraminer
Stonecroft 2008

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