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There's nothing new about Nordic interiors - blond timbers, concrete surfaces, warm, mid-century charm without the twee - and thank heavens for that. It's a style that augments the beauty of everything around it, in this case, gorgeous Hobart harbour, which makes up one whole wall. What is new here, however, is the food - by veterans of Garagistes, which once dazzled diners down the road, Vue de Monde in Melbourne and Gordon Ramsay worldwide. There's a strong Asian bent, but with Tasmanian ingredients. In fact, the kitchen's love of the local verges on obsessive - coconut milk in an aromatic fish curry is replaced with Tasmanian-grown fig leaf simmered in cream to mimic the flavour. Other standouts include a gutsy red-braised lamb with gai lan and chewy cassia spaetzle, pigs' ears zingy with Sichuan pepper and a fresh, springy berry dessert. While the food is sourced locally, the generous wine list spans the planet. 

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"I first cooked a version of this dish - inspired by the excellent deep-fried egg dish at Billy Kwong - while working at a restaurant in Sri Lanka," says O Tama Carey. "The lattice-like eggs are doused in a creamy turmeric curry sauce and topped with seeni sambol, a sweet-spiced caramelised onion relish. This dish is equally perfect for an indulgent breakfast as it is served as part of a larger meal." The recipe for the seeni sambol makes more than you need, but to get the right balance of spices you need to make at least this much. It keeps refrigerated for up to three weeks; use as an onion relish. The curry sauce can be made a day or two ahead.

Vietnamese spring rolls with mustard leaves and herbs


"I would love to make Anchovy's spring rolls. What's the secret recipe?"
Jose Mansilla, Abbotsford, Vic

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You'll need

100 gm mung bean noodles (see note) For deep-frying: vegetable oil, plus 50ml extra 125 gm taro, cut into julienne (see note) 1 small onion, thinly sliced 500 gm cabbage, thinly sliced 2 carrots, cut into julienne 2 celery stalks, thinly sliced 2 tbsp kecap manis 2 tbsp oyster sauce 20 gm caster sugar 50 gm fresh wood ear fungi, thinly sliced (see note) 24 (350gm) frozen spring roll wrappers, defrosted overnight in the refrigerator 1 eggwhite, lightly beaten To serve: mustard greens (gai choy; see note), Vietnamese mint and coriander   Nuoc cham 90 gm caster sugar 150 ml rice vinegar 150 ml fish sauce 3 tsp lime juice, or to taste 1 garlic clove, finely chopped 1 red birdseye chilli, finely chopped

Method

  • 01
  • For nuoc cham, stir sugar and 100ml water in a small saucepan over medium heat until sugar dissolves (1-2 minutes). Cool (15-20 minutes), then stir in remaining ingredients and combine.
  • 02
  • Meanwhile, soak mung bean noodles in cold water until soft (30 minutes). Drain well, then cut into rough 5cm lengths with scissors. Set aside.
  • 03
  • Heat oil for deep-frying to 180C in a deep saucepan. Remove saucepan from heat, add taro gradually, allowing for oil to bubble up as you do, then when bubbles die down, return pan to heat and deep-fry, stirring occasionally, until taro is golden and crisp (3-4 minutes; be careful, hot oil will spit). Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Reserve oil.
  • 04
  • Heat 50ml oil in a large wok over medium heat, add onion and stir-fry until just tender (3-5 minutes). Add cabbage, carrot and celery and stir-fry until tender (3-5 minutes). Remove from heat, add kecap manis, oyster sauce and sugar, season to taste, then add fungi, noodles and taro, check seasoning and set aside to cool (45 minutes to 1 hour).
  • 05
  • Working with 4 spring roll wrappers at a time, place on a bench with a corner towards you. Brush edges with eggwhite. Add ¼ cup vegetable mixture to each down the centre in a line about 15cm long, fold corner closest to you tightly over the filling, then fold in sides and roll up to enclose, ensuring edges are sealed. Repeat with remaining rolls in batches. Spring rolls can be made ahead and kept frozen in airtight containers with baking paper between each layer for up to a month.
  • 06
  • Heat oil for deep-frying to 180C in a deep saucepan, add spring rolls in batches and deep-fry until golden and crisp (4-6 minutes). Drain on paper towels and serve with mustard leaves, Vietnamese mint and coriander for wrapping and nuoc cham.

Note Makes about 24. Start this recipe a day ahead to defrost the spring roll wrappers in the refrigerator. Mung bean noodles are available from Asian grocers and supermarkets. Taro, wood ear fungi and mustard greens (gai choy) are available from select Asian grocers and green grocers.


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