RECIPE | TUNA TATAKI FROM CHEF KEVIN MOUGIN AT CONRAD BORA BORA NUI

Conrad Bora Bora Nui’s head chef Kévin Mougin grew up in France surrounded by a family of restaurateurs. Inspired by the people around him, he began a cooking apprenticeship in Brittany at the age of 15. Four years later, he turned to the art of patisseries learning from the 2007 French Champion in plated desserts, Emmanuel Lojou.

It was at Bora Bora’s Lagoon Restaurant by Jean-Georges that Kévin discovered his love for French Polynesia, its culture and the kindness and generosity if its people.

Kévin’s signature recipe is a tri-color Tuna Tataki with crunchy vegetables and a garlic and ginger emulsion. He believes the tuna in this recipe brings out the very best of French Polynesian culture.

Serves 2

Level: Intermediate

Ingredients

200gr Tuna

10gr Poppy seeds

10gr Wasabi sesame seeds

10gr White sesame seeds

Preparation

Slice the tuna into three 7cm x 3cm rectangles then rub each slice with one of the three varieties of grain. Lightly pan-sear then chill.

Sashimi Emulsion

60 gr White onion

10 gr Garlic

15 gr Spring onions

70 gr Soy sauce

60 gr Egg yolks

25gr Lemon juice

15 gr Sugar

300 ml Grape seed oil

Preparation

Thoroughly mix egg yolks, garlic, spring onions, soy sauce, lemon juice and sugar, then work in the grape seed oil. Sieve then pour into a siphon.

Baby Vegetables

20gr Carrots

20gr Asparagus

20gr Radish

20gr Chioggia beetroot

Salt

Pepper

Olive oil

Preparation

Finely slice the vegetables then place them in freezing cold water. Refrigerate for an hour then season with salt, pepper and olive oil.

Assembly

Slice the tuna rectangles into 1.5cm squares then use an 8cm wide x 8cm high mold to evenly place the tuna around the rim. Alternate the three different types of tuna for design and flavor and repeat until reaching the top of the mold. Place the emulsion in the center, delicately position the crunchy vegetables on the top and enjoy!

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