Episode 2 of the 4-part sushi series at Le Sushi Bar revolves around Chef Salve’s skills with a flame thrower!
To make the salmon and shrimp tempura maki, Chef Salve flame fires strips of salmon with a blow torch to release a light charred flavor. Then she spreads rice on the nori and lays the salmon atop it.
When asked about the difficulties of being a woman in a male-dominated field, Chef Salve acknowledges that the professional kitchen is mostly full of men which has forced her to have to work like a man to fit in. Heavy labor, among other things, involves cutting up fish bigger than her petite frame.
In addition to working like a man, she also admits she has to ‘act like a man’ as well. Fortunately for her, she hasn’t experienced much flak these days, she says chuckling, ‘Because I’m the head chef!’
After, she sprinkles spring onion, avocado, and tobiko on top then places a heavy hunk of tempura fried shrimp in the middle of the nori. Finally she effortlessly rolls it into a maki roll. Her last touch is to drizzle sweet unagi sauce, or eel sauce, on the roll and serve it.
Stay tuned for part 3 of the sushi series! In the meantime, check out episode 1 of Something’s Cooking in Beirut with Chef Salve Astano!
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