You can have all the cookbooks in the world, but you always come back to Tyler. I won't wax romantic about how much I love Tyler Florence, as long as we all understand he's pure genius.
This time around, I opted for his Hong Kong Salmon Cakes and Bok Choy recipe found in this favorite cookbook. I love, this cookbook. It's probably apparent as my other cookbooks have one, possibly two recipes highlighted. It seems I really just can't stay away from this Tyler cookbook. I am not even a little apologetic. The recipe was perfect--the cubed salmon had a texture unlike any other crab or salmon cake I've ever had.
Salmon Cakes and Bok Choy
Adapted from Tyler Forence's Real Kitchen
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
1 to 2 red or green chiles, minced
1 1/2 pounds skinless boneless salmon fillets, cut in small cubes
1 cup fresh bread crumbs (4 slices whole wheat bread with crusts removed pulsed in the food processor)
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro leaves
2 tablespoons greek yogurt
1 lemon, juiced
1 large egg white
freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons peanut oil
2 tablespoons peanut oil
2-inch piece fresh ginger, sliced
2 heads baby bok choy, halved lengthwise
1/4 cup water
3 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
1/2 lemon, juiced
1 tablespoon brown sugar
Toasted sesame seeds, chopped cilantro leaves, and sliced green onion, for garnish
To make the salmon cakes: Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic, shallot, ginger, and chiles; saute for a few minutes to release the flavor. Remove from heat to cool slightly.
In a mixing bowl, combine the salmon, bread crumbs, cilantro, yogurt, lemon juice and egg white. Scrape the garlic/ginger oil into the salmon mixture; season with salt and pepper. Fold the ingredients together gently but thoroughly, taking care not to mash the salmon too much. Using your hands, form the mixture into 4 salmon cakes, they should be moist and just hold together.
Coat a non-stick skillet with the 2 tablespoons of peanut oil and bring it to a slight smoke over medium heat. Fry the salmon cakes until brown, about 4 minutes on each side, turning carefully with a spatula. Keep warm on a plate lined with paper towels.
To make the bok choy: Return the skillet to the heat and coat with the 2 tablespoons of peanut oil and heat until almost smoking. Split the piece of ginger open with a knife then whack it with the flat side of the knife. Lay the ginger pieces in the oil, cut-side down to let it start to perfume. Pan-fry the bok choy, cut-side down, for a couple of minutes to give it some color. Add the water and cook another minute to steam the bok choy; carefully remove it to a plate. Add the soy sauce, oyster sauce, lemon juice, and brown sugar. Cook and stir for 3 minutes until the sauce is the consistency of syrup.
Serve the salmon cakes with the bok choy, and drizzle the brown sauce over the whole thing. Garnish the dish with the toasted sesame seeds, cilantro, and green onion.