1. In a pressure cooking pot, heat vegetable oil until hot. Add garlic and fry until just fragrant. Add the beef shank and cook until browned. (Option: Sear the beef, using a cooking torch. It will give a great taste.)
2. Add carrot, onion and cook for about 5~6min or until slightly wilted.
3. Add bay leaf and water. Cover the lid and lock the pressure cooker. Turn the heat to high. Once the pressure builds up, turn the heat down to low heat and cook at high pressure for about 25 minutes. Turn off the heat and let the pressure come down naturally.
4. Remove the lid, add the seasoning (soy sauce, mirin, black chocolate and curry roux). Using a wooden spoon, dissolve the roux completely. Make sure you stir once in a while so the curry will not get burnt on the bottom.
1. In a bowl, add all the ingredients and knead well to mix.
2. Lay a spring roll wrap flat, tip down. Place the filling mixture centered on the wrap. Roll up tightly. Dab a little 'glue' mixture along the edges to seal, then roll as per picture. Repeat until you use up all the filling mixture.
3. Pour oil (1~2cm) in a wok or a large saucepan and heat on medium-high until hot : Stick in a bamboo chopstick, if bubbles appear, it's hot enough. Place the rolls gently in the oil and cook from all sides, turning occasionally, until nicely and evenly golden. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towels to drain the excess oil. Repeat with the remaining spring rolls.
1. Coat the block beef with salt, pepper and garlic and let sit for about 15min.
2. Grill the beef (only its surface) on all sides until well browned.
3. Put the beef inside a ziplock bag, let all the air out, and close it well.
4. Pour boiling water in the rice cooker and place the beef packed in ziplock in it. Top up with more boiling water to cover the beef but don't overflow the bowl. I also put a small dish as a weight to keep the beef down.
5. Close the rice cooker lid and turn on the KEEP WARM function. Leave it for about 40min. The exact time really depends on the size of the beef.
6. Remove the beef from the rice cooker and let it cool to room temperature. Then wrap it with saran wrap and let it sit.
7. Meanwhile make the sauce In a small cooking pan, heat 1 tbsp olive oil and cook the garlic and shallots until fragrant. Add the ingredient A and bring it to a boil. Set aside.
1. In a skillet, heat 1 tbsp oil and fry the garlic until fragrant. Add onion, basil and carrot in order and cook until soft. Season with the ingredient A and let it cool. Set aside.
2. Season the beef filet with kosher salt and pepper on all sides. In a large pan, heat 2 tbsp oil over high heat. Once the oil is hot, sear the fillet on all sides until well browned. Set aside.
3. Remove the beef filet from the pan and let cool. Once cooled, cover with the cooked vegetables from #1. Wrap filet with raw ham.
4. Tightly wrap the filet, using the plastic wrap and seal ends. Refrigerate for about 20 to 30min.
5. Pre-heat the oven to 200C. Roll out a sheet of puff pastry, unwrap the beef filet onto the puff pastry, then wrap until the ends meet. Cut off any extra puff pastry. You can decorate your puff pastry with the any excess.
6. Brush the surface with the beaten eggs. With a fork or a knife, score a decorative design onto the surface of the puff pastry as you like.
7. Bake for 40min or more until the puff pastry is golden brown and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the beef filet reaches about 60C (140°C) for medium-rare.
8. In the meantime, prepare the sauce. Add all the sauce ingredients into your food processor and process until smooth.
9. Slice into 2~3cm thick slices, gently transfer to serving plates and drizzle over some sauce, or serve on the side.
1 tbsp katakuriko/potato starch - dissolve in 2 tbsp water
1. In a bowl, add cooking sake and katakuriko and soak the beef for about 10min. In a skillet, heat 1 tbsp oil and fry the garlic and ginger until fragrant. Cook the beef until no longer pink. Add bamboo shoot and fry for a few more minutes.
2. Add all ingredients A to season. Toss well to coat the meat with the seasoning ingredients.
3. Add bell peppers and cook lightly. Serve hot with the steamed hot rice!