By Head Chef, Frank Shek of China Doll, Woolloomooloo, Sydney
Excerpt from China Doll – Modern Asian Cuisine Cook Book

“This is based on teriyaki technique and taste but we’ve applied it to a slow cooked cut to achieve a smoky crust with meltingly tender meat inside.”

For the Beef Short Rib
50g (2 oz) sake
50g (2 oz) liquid kombu extract
100g (3 ½ oz) tamari
125g (4 ½ oz) mirin
2 x wagyu beef short ribs, bone in, about 800g each

Mix the liquid marinade ingredients together.
Vacuum seal or ‘zip lock’ the beef ribs individually with half of the marinade in each bag.
Sous vide at 70C (160F) for 24 hours in a water bath.
Let cool at room temperature for 10 minutes. Then chill completely in iced water. At this stage you can keep in the fridge for up to 4 days.

Tamari Citrus Glaze

Part A
100ml (3 ½ fl oz) tamari
40ml (1 ¼ fl oz) orange juice
80ml ( 2 ¾ fl oz) mirin
10ml (2 tsp)liquid kombu extract
120g (4 ¼ oz) brown sugar

Part B
4g ( ¼ oz) bonito flakes

Part C
50ml ( 1 ¾ fl oz) olive oil
2 tsp lime juice
1g xanthan gum (one pinch)

Bring Part A to a simmer. Turn off heat and add bonito flakes. Let stand for 1 minute. Strain into a tall circular container.

Use stick blender on high speed to create a vortex and gradually add the xanthan gum till fully dissolved.
Next gradually blend in the olive oil. Finally, blend in the lime juice.

Carrot and Daikon Pickle

1 medium carrot
300g (10 ½ oz) daikon
10gm (⅓ oz) sea salt

Use a peeler to shave the carrot and daikon into ribbons.
Massage the salt into the vegetables and then press veg down into the bowl tightly.
Let sit for 10-15 minutes.

Drain and rinse lightly. Squeeze gently and drain again.

180gm (6 ¼ oz) sugar
250ml (8 fl oz) rice vinegar

Heat pickling liquid gently and stir until sugar has just dissolved.
Take off the heat.

Put veg into a clean container and pour over the warm pickling liquid.

Allow to pickle for at least 2 hours before using.

To Finish

Heat a charcoal grill to low/medium.
Remove the ribs from the bags. Brush off any congealed fat.
Grill the ribs on all sides till a crust has formed. Lightly brush on some of the glaze and continue grilling till caramelized and sticky.
Take off the grill and leave to rest for 5 minutes.
Plate up with more of the glaze drizzled over and carrot & daikon pickle on the side.

Serves 3-4