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Beef Tataki with Tomato Leather

Johnny Hamman, the mastermind behind pop-up dining concept Slippery Spoon, is more creative genius than chef, and he's explored the concept of pairing food with fabric for us. Here he fashions a dish inspired by leather.


For the beef 500g beef fillet 30ml vegetable oil For the ginger-soy glaze 75ml soy sauce 50ml white-wine vinegar 1 shallot, finely sliced zest of 1 lime 50mm knob of fresh ginger, grated 2 garlic cloves, sliced For the tomato leather 4 tomatoes For the whipped egg yolk 5 egg yolks ½t each salt and pepper 1t lemon juice 200ml olive oil


Rub beef with oil and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Heat a heavy-based frying pan and fry beef for one minute on each side. Remove from pan and set aside. To make the ginger-soy glaze, mix all ingredients in a bowl until well combined. Place the meat into the bowl and massage the marinade into it. Transfer meat and marinade into a sealable plastic bag and refrigerate for at least two hours. To prepare the tomato leather, slice a cross on the end of each tomato with a sharp knife, then place in boiling water for one minute. Following this, plunge the tomatoes into ice-cold water. Peel off the skin of each and place it on a non-stick silicon mat in an oven preheated to 100˚C until translucent and crispy. To prepare the whipped egg yolks, place yolks, salt, pepper and lemon juice in a mixer with a whisk attachment and whisk on high speed until the yolks achieve a light and fluffy consistency. Heat the olive oil to 150˚C in a sauce pot. While the yolks are whisking, slowly add the hot oil to them. Remember to do this very slowly – almost drop by drop – or you will overcook it and end up with scrambled eggs. After all the oil has been added, keep the mixer running until the yolks have reached room temperature. To serve, cut the soy-glazed beef into slices around one centimetre thick and arrange on a salad platter with the tomato leather peels and drops of whipped egg yolk. Serve hot with chips. SERVES 4

Watch this space to find other dishes inspired by fabrics (more specifically, velvet and gold sequined cloth).