Sunday, August 30, 2009

Tofu Ceviche on Top Chef

Veganism makes its mark again on Top Chef with Hector winning high praise (but not the win) for his Tofu Ceviche. Here is a link to the recipe--it is really complicated (with methods I have never seen before) but I would like to give it a whirl some day. Anyone else want to give it a try?

18 comments:

J. said...

I'm game! It looks more complicated than anything I've ever done, but that seems all the more reason to try it!

Jain said...

Ha, that's the most horrifying recipe I've ever seen! I hope some bloggers rise to your challenge. I can't even imagine the flavors.

Soja said...

I had this quite a lot, and mushroom ceviche, in Peru. It was quite common in vegetarian restaurants in Lima as the raw fish kind was a traditional dish. The recipe I was given was simple and delicious - but I'll go and have a look at this method and maybe give it a go!

Claire said...

Interesting. I think I'd skip making the mango pearls and cilantro-mint pearls and just dice the mango (and toss with the salt and agave) and make pesto with the cilantro and mint. Then, if the dish was really tasty, I'd make the pearls the second time, just to learn the technique. Also, I'd use purchased tortilla chips the first time. I'd hate to work on a dish for hours, taste it, and say "meh."

Aaron said...

I'm so glad you posted a link to that, I was very excited to see it on Top Chef. I can't believe how complicated it is! I think I might try to just put all those ingredients together without the fancy techniques.

Charlene said...

I'm still new to the whole tofu thing so this may be pushing it for me. You first!

Sophia.Pflieger said...

The first episode of of Top Chef Las Vegas, had a Vegan dish as well. Vegan stuffed chili rancheros? I believe something like that anyway, and, the pepper was stuffed with seitan. But it was left in big chunks and the judges said it wasn't seasoned.
That contestant got kicked off though, it would have been nice on have a seitan supporter on top-chef!
Sophia,
http://whatyourmommadidntknow.blogspot.com/

HaikuTofu said...

when i saw that episode i thought, "oh no, did he really just make a RAW tofu dish for omnivores?"

i was actually surprised when the judges liked it. I'm a vegetarian, and I do enjoy raw marinated tofu, but i definitely prefer it cooked. kudos to Hector with his fancy mango pearls. Maybe someday when I have a lot of time I'll try this recipe. It's far more likely that I'll make a simple tofu-based dish that is based on a more traditional ceviche.

krissy said...

Did you see the all vegan episode of Top Chef masters with Zooey Deschanel? It was really cool- with the exception of dessert. That 'recipe' was lame.

She's a vegan who doesn't eat gluten or soy so it was quite interesting!

Caitlin said...

That tofu ceviche looked so delicious! I do really want to try this recipe out, but the techniques are so totally foreign to me. I think I can stick it out though! It was really nice to see someone make a dish that didn't include meat and receive praise for it on the show!

Christina said...

I don't think I'd ever go as far as he did, though some of the techniques seem interesting. I have make vegan ceviche with tofu (among other things). Here's my recipe: http://vegan-vanguard.blogspot.com/2007/08/vegan-ceviche.html though the pictures are pretty blurry. Bazu has a recipe, too, which I linked in my post.

Vegan Epicurean said...

There are a number of methods to make the pearls. Ferran Adria of El Bulli uses a number of different techniques. Jose Andreas who trained under Adrian also likes to work in foams and airs if you are looking for more recipes. I read it a while ago, but the Alinea cookbook also must include a few recipes for the pearls since they are into molecular gastronomy.

The oil method is most predictable but is a little fiddly until you get the hang of it. I like to play in the kitchen so I have made pearls a time or two. Soy sauce pearls add an interesting caviar look. I bought a big syringe to drop the pearls into the oil, which works well.

Alicia

hedturtle said...

I love Top Chef, but I think it's hilarious that he made such complicated garnishes and basically did nothing to the tofu itself.

?!?

Lisa said...

Yeah, the recipe should be "Lotsa Stuff (and Some Tofu)."

Anonymous said...

Hooray for any chef who has the foresight to do a vegetarian dish, and even more so a vegan one!

Yes, I saw the Top Chef Masters vegan challenge and was happy they presented it to such well-established chefs. I wish they had vegan challenges all the time. I think it's more telling of a chef's ability, since it takes a lot more skill and creativity to make tofu taste appealing to the masses than, say, bacon.

The technique for the pearls looks interesting, and I'm glad to see it doesn't involve expensive chemicals. I might give that technique a try.

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Alina

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bugbear said...

Tofu Ceviche!??

LOL! hilarious!

Kasia said...

Awesome, this sounds really fun :D I thought it would be some impossible molecular cuisine requiring special equipment, but it is actually a real recipe :D Sophisticated, but it sounds possible. I am really interested in how those "mango pearls" and "herb pearls" actually taste like...

speedvegan.com said...

I had this dish in Hector's restaurant in Atlanta. It was beyond amazing. Did you ever get around to making it ?