KS 3 & KS 4
Design and Technology- Food Technology;
Cross-curriculum learning - Citizenship, History and Geography
Smoked Salmon & Cucumber Salad in Sichuan Vinaigrette
Salad and Dressing
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- 400g smoked salmon
- 200g cucumber, half cut into slices and half finely into sticks
- 20g shallot and garlic, finely chopped
- 5g dill, chopped
- 5 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 2 tbsp Lee Kum Kee Soup Base for Sichuan Hot and Spicy Hot Pot
- 2 tbsp Lee Kum Kee Pure Sesame Oil
- 2 tbsp Lee Kum Kee Premium Light Soy Sauce
- 1 tbsp sugar
Sauce for dipping
Use the sauce mix or use 5 tbsp Oriental Sesame Dressing
1) Blend the seasoning mix together with the finely chopped shallot, garlic and dill and set aside
2) Brush the seasoning mix on one side of the smoked salmon slices then wrap with cucumber sticks to form rolls, repeat and cut into bite size
3) Serve with lettuce and sliced cucumber along with additional sauce for dressing
A. Activity Plan
- How to make "fusion" cuisine with Chinese sauce and dressing
- Learn to make a cold dish and an easy recipe for Summer
- Use various ingredients like garlic and shallot which are common in Asian cuisines
- Use various seasoning sources e.g. soup base for Sichuan hot and spicy hot pot, sesame oil, soy sauce and oriental sesame dressing
- Learn how to mix Chinese sauces for dressing
- Increase cultural understanding through learning about "fusion cuisine" culture
B. Popular ingredients in Chinese dishes
These are mildly flavoured members of the onion family, although much smaller than onions.
An essential part of Chinese cookery for thousands of years, used in numerous ways: whole, chopped, diced, crushed or pickled.
C. Chinese Sauces
Soup Base for Sichuan Hot and Spicy Hot Pot
Lee Kum Kee Ready Sauce for Sichuan Hot and Spicy Hot Pot is made from high quality peppercorn powder and chili pepper, this concentrated soup base is an ideal soup base for hot pots.
Lee Kum Kee's Sesame Oil is used as a flavour enhancer in Chinese cuisine making it staple oil within the cuisine. The oil which is manufactured from sesame seeds has uses in alternative medicines as a source of vitamins, minerals and role in controlling blood pressure.
Soy Sauce is an essential ingredient in Chinese cooking. It is made from a mixture of Soya beans, flour and water.Light Soy Sauce is saltier and lighter in colour, while dark soy sauce has been aged and has a darker colour. Dark soy sauce is thicker and more suitable in stews.
Oriental Sesame Dressing
Oriental Sesame Dressing is a special blend of soy sauce, vinegar, sesame oil with a hint of chilli and garlic to create this unique dressing. Ideal for use in salads to give an oriental savoury twist or as a seasoning sauce for noodles, dim sum and dumplings.
D. Preparation and Cooking techniques
There are different kinds of wrapping techniques. The biggest challenge of this technique is to avoid the filling to fall apart when you eat the wrap. For this recipe, you need to lay out a slice of smoked salmon, fill in with cucumber sticks and then carefully wrap it to form rolls and cut it into bite size. The wrapping technique is widely used in the Chinese cuisine: for instance, you can use it for making dumplings, preparing spring rolls and dim sum.
F. Story behind the dish: Fusion Cuisine
Fusion cuisine generally refers to a cuisine that combines elements of different culinary traditions. Since 1970s, some contemporary restaurants started to create and provide "fusion cuisine". This type of cuisine is popular in London, due to its high degree of cultural diversity and cosmopolitanism.
Regional fusion cuisines belong to the category of fusion cuisine as well, since it combines different cuisines of a region or sub-region into a single eating experience. Asian fusion restaurants for instance, which combine the various cuisines of different Asian countries, have become popular in many parts of the United Kingdom and United States. Foods based on one culture, but prepared using ingredients and flavours inherent to another culture, are also considered forms of fusion cuisine.
The type of cuisine you would find in Macau is another example of fusion cuisine: it mainly consists of a blend of southern Chinese and Portuguese cuisines, with significant influences from Southeast Asia. Many of its unique dishes are a result of the spice blends that the wives of Portuguese sailors used in an attempt to replicate their home country and European dishes.
Tex–Mex, for example, is a type of fusion cuisine between American cuisine and Mexican cuisine, deriving mainly from the culinary creations of Tejanos (that's why Tex-Mex is most popular in the state of Texas). It has spread from Border States such as Texas and those in the South-western United States to the rest of the country as well as Canada.