PETER GORDON'S KINGFISH TOFU CURRY
THE RESTAURANT - SUGAR CLUB, SKY CITY, AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND
It's the highest restaurant in Auckland, New Zealand perched some 300m up in the sky tower with views to die for.
But you don’t come to the Sugar Club for the views, you come for the extraordinary food.
It scores a 4.5 out 5 on Trip Advisor with a menu based around small seasonal plates packed full of flavour.
The restaurant sources the finest produce from around New Zealand and then mixes it up a little with flavours from around the world.
Chef Peter Gordon calls it 'Fusion Cuisine'.
THE CHEF - PETER GORDON
Peter is possibly NZ's best known chef.
A hard man to pin down, he owns, consults and invests in many top restaurants around the world, with multiple commitments in London.
So we were very, very lucky to get some time with him on a NZ stopover.
His award winning New Zealand restaurant, The Sugar Club, boasts some of the most impressive views in NZ, with a menu to match.
Specialising in Asian Fusion, Peter demonstrated his genius by pulling a recipe out of thin air, that left us questioning how on earth he did it.
THE RECIPE: PETER GORDON'S KINGFISH TOFU CURRY
(Serves 4 main courses)
1 cup strained yoghurt
¼ cup fresh grated coconut (or use lightly toasted desiccated coconut if easier)
½ tsp lime zest
2 tbsp shredded coriander leaves and stalks
1 tsp wasabi paste (optional)
250g freekeh, rinsed in a sieve for 30 seconds
1 tbsp olive oil
1 shallot, thinly sliced
a pinch of chilli powder
1 tsp smoked seaweed granules
1 tbsp oil
2 shallots thinly sliced
2 cloves of garlic thinly sliced
1 tbsp sliced ginger
1 green chilli, diced
400ml coconut cream
1 x 10cm stick of lemongrass, thinly sliced (discard the outer 2 layers and the bottom 1cm – it’s too woody)
4 coriander roots, washed and finely chopped
1 tbsp tamarind paste
300g silken tofu, cut into 2cm cubes
500g fresh Kingfish cut into pieces around 2 - 3 cm square
Mix everything together and season with sea salt to taste.
Rinse the freekeh briefly in a sieve and leave to drain.
Heat a medium-sized pan over medium–high heat and add the olive oil. Add the shallot and cook until caramelised, stirring often. Stir in the chilli powder and seaweed. Pour in the freekeh and 500ml water, bring to the boil, then put the lid on and lower the heat to a simmer. Cook until the freekeh is almost cooked but still a little al dente, about 10–12 minutes.
Turn off the heat and leave to cool with the lid on unless you want to eat it hot.
Kingfish tofu curry:
Heat oil in a large saucepan. Once hot, add the shallots, garlic and ginger and cook until golden, stirring often. Add the chilli and fry until the shallots are caramelised.
Add the coconut cream, lemongrass, coriander and tamarind and bring to a simmer.
Add the tofu and cook 2 minutes.
Add the Kingfish and gently mix everything together and cook 3 – 5 minutes until the fish is ready. It’s best cooked so the middle is a little bit raw.
Serve on freekeh salad with a generous serve of coconut yoghurt on top.