Pan-Seared Lobster W Lemongrass Broth Shiitake Truffle Flan

Category : General

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients (Help):
4 Whole Live lobsters -; (1
-1/2 lbs ea)
3 c Lemongrass-Lobster Broth;
-see below
Juice of 1/2 a lemon
Salt; to taste
Freshly-ground white pepper;
-to taste
Canola oil; for cooking
Shiitake Truffle Flan; see *
Sliced scallions; for
4 Uncooked lobster heads; from
1 Fennel bulb; sliced
1 Red onion; sliced
1 Carrot; sliced
1 Celery stalk
6 Lemongrass stalks; white
-part only, pounded
2 sl Ginger
1 c Chardonnay
1 tb Tomato paste
1 Bay leaf
1/2 ts Green peppercorn; whole
6 c Water
Canola oil; for cooking
1 ts Minced ginger
1 ts Minced garlic
1 tb Butter
4 c Chopped bok choy
1/2 c Lemongrass Lobster Broth;
-from above
Lobster knuckle meat from 4
Salt; to taste
Freshly-ground black pepper;
-to taste

* Note: See the "Shiitake Truffle Flan" recipe which is included in this

Place live lobsters in the freezer to "numb", then quickly slice head in
half. Separate claws, tail and knuckles. Save heads for broth. (If there is
any green coral, pull out and dry in 200 degree oven for 4 hours then grind
to a red powder for garnishing.) Cut tail in half, leaving the end
attached. Place claws in a bowl and pour boiling salted water over them and
let stand for five minutes. Place knuckles in for the last 3 minutes.
Strain lobster and immediately plunge into an ice bath. Deshell lobster
which is not fully cooked. In a hot saute pan, coat with oil and saute
seasoned tail, feeler-side down. Cook both sides, about 5 minutes, then add
claws. Deglaze with stock, add lemon juice and check for seasoning.
LEMONGRASS LOBSTER BROTH: In a hot stock pot, coat with a little canola oil
and color the lobster heads. Add fennel, onions, carrots, celery,
lemongrass and ginger. Saute until soft. Deglaze with wine and reduce. Add
tomato paste, bay leaf, peppercorn and water to cover the heads. Simmer
slowly for 2 to 3 hours then strain. BOK CHOY FONDUE: In a hot saute pan,
saute garlic and ginger in butter. Add bok choy, stock and lobster meat.
Season and cook until soft. Check for seasoning. In a large pasta bowl,
place small mound of bok choy. Top with flan and top that with lobster.
Ladle in broth and garnish with sliced scallions and coral, if any. This
recipe yields 4 servings.

Suggested Wine: Chandon, Reserve Cuvee, Napa County Sparkling Wine (25th

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