Spiced Confit Salmon Trout


Ingredients - Confit Oil
500ml canola oil
5 sticks lemongrass: use only the lower white portion, crushed
10 x bay leaves
10 x kaffir lime leaves
10 sprigs thyme
20 cloves garlic crushed
10 x shallots crushed
50g ginger, sliced
2 tsp ground white pepper
2 tsp ground coriander seeds
2 tsp fennel seeds


1. Add all ingredients, and steep at low heat for 2 hours.
2. The bubbling should be gentle.
Leave to cool, strain and reserve oil.
3. Oil can be kept in the fridge or freezer for up to 3 months.


Ingredients -  Brine Solution
100g salt100g brown sugar
1L water       
1. Dissolve salt and sugar in water, chill the brine.
2. To speed up the chilling, use 700ml water and 300g ice


Ingredients - Salmon
4 pcs x 100g salmon fillet, deboned, skin off   
1. Brine salmon in the salt-sugar solution for 45 minutes. Leave this in the fridge while brining. Gently rinse off excessive salt in running water. Pad dry salmon fillets. Place salmon in a shallow tray and fully marinate in confit oil overnight in the fridge.
2. Before cooking bring the salmon and oil to room temperature. Remove salmon from oil and place on baking tray.
3. Preheat oven to 60ûC, fan assisted mode. Bake for 20-25 minutes, brushing salmon with the confit oil every 5-10 minutes. The salmon should not have changed color, and resulting flesh should be tender and flake easily.


Ingredients - Cauliflower Cream
250g cauliflower florets
50g butter
2 x shallots
10 x curry leaves
100g cooking cream
150g milk
1 tsp sugarsalt and pepper to taste. 
1. Saute shallots, curry leaves and sugar in butter until shallots turn translucent. Add cauliflower and saute for a few minutes, just to caramelize the florets. Add cream and milk and allow the florets to cook and soften. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Puree using an immersion stick blender or jug blender. Keep warm.


Ingredients - Squid Ink Sago Crackers
1/2 cup sago pearls3 cups water1 tbsp squid ink
1. Bring water to a boil. Add sago pearls and cook until the middle white spots in the pearls are minimal while whisking regularly to prevent the pearls from sticking to the bottom of the pot. Strain and cool the pearls in running water. Allow the pearls to cool and water to drain off.

2.Pour back into a pot and add squid ink. Mix well. Spread sago pearls thinly over a silicon mat. Dehydrate in an oven or dehydrator at 65ûC for 1824 hours. Resulting sago should feel dry to the touch.

3.Heat oil to about 180ûC. Add a small piece into the oil to test if it puffs up. It should take less than 10 seconds if the oil is hot enough. Fry in batches and do not attempt to fry a big piece at once as it can expand up to 4 or 5 times its original size!- Season with a blend of salt, smoked paprika, chili powder or any flavored spices.es les combinaisons.



This recipe was contributed by Home-Chef Chia Wee Loon. Discover this passionate home-cook on Instagram!