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Smoked Threadfin (Ikan Kurau) in Sake Sauce


  1. 2 fillets of threadfin

  2. 1 tsp dark sesame oil

  3. 1/4 tsp white sesame seeds

  4. 1/4 tsp black sesame seeds

  5. 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

  6. Kosher salt

  7. Freshly ground black pepper

  8. 1/4 cup diced scallions

Sake Sauce:

  1. 3 cups shitake mushrooms, thinly sliced

  2. 2 cups chicken stock

  3. 1 cup sake

  4. 1/2 cup light soy sauce

  5. 1 tbsp minced ginger

  6. 1 tbsp minced garlic

  7. 2 tbsp honey

  8. 1 tbsp rice wine vinegar

  9. 1 tbsp cornstarch

  10. 1 tbsp water

Other tools:

  1. Cedar plank for smoking and cooking on

Soak your cedar plank for at least an hour.  I had ours in the sink for about 5 hours but that’s only because I forgot it there.  As you prep everything else, combine your sesame seeds and sesame oil into a small metal bowl and place it aside.  Keeping it soaking for a while will produce and extraordinary taste once you serve the mixture on your fish.