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Chef Mohammad Islam of Chateau Marmont - Los Angeles, CA
Chef Mohammad Islam

Chateau Marmont
8221 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 656-1010

(opening December 2006)
230 W Kinzie St
Chicago, IL 60610

Seared Blue Fin Tuna with Jicama and Cumin Citrus Salad
Chef Mohammad Islam of Chateau Marmont – Los Angeles, CA
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Yield: 6 Servings

Strawberry Shortcake with White Corn Ice Cream on Ingredients:

  • 2 Tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons light soy sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons lime juice

  • 1½ pounds blue fin tuna, cut in 6-inch by 1-inch rectangular pieces
  • Salt and pepper

    To Serve:
  • 2 teaspoons cumin seeds
  • 2 lemons, supremes only
  • 5 Valencia oranges, suprêmes only
  • 1 ounce thinly-sliced onions, soaked in ice water
  • 1 small jicama (approximately 4 ounces)
  • 30 fresh oregano leaves
  • Salt

  • Candied young ginger

Combine all ingredients, set aside.

Season tuna with salt, pepper and cumin. Sear tuna for 30 seconds a side in a hot skillet. Cut each piece of tuna into 6 pieces.

To Assemble and Serve:
Slow roast cumin seeds in a dry pan and roughly grind with a mortar and pestle. Combine cumin with lemon, orange and onion while still warm, and let sit for one hour. Thinly slice jicama with a mandoline. Lay 6 overlapping slices of jicama on a plate next to 6 pieces of tuna. Spoon the citrus salad over the jicama (8-10 supremes per plate). Use approximately 5 leaves of oregano on top of the citrus salad as a garnish. Pour 2 Tablespoons of the ponzu over the tuna and finish with a sprinkle of salt. Finish the plate with a small pile of candied young ginger.

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  • LA Rising Stars: Mohammad Islam

  •    Published: October 2006
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