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Tom Yum Blooming Onion

September 18

When the humble onion ring gets a rebranding this is what’s born, blooming onion. If you haven’t heard of them before, the best way to describe this is an onion ring on steroids. The tom yum flavours of this are on another level and will definitely leave you wanting more.

  • time 120mins
  • serves Serves 4
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Method
Perfectly fried onion petals with a zingy coconut dipping sauce.
  1. Blend the lemongrass in a mini blender with the lime leaves until a fine powder. Tip into a wide bowl and stir together with the garlic powder and flour.
  2. For the onions: With the root still in tact trim a little off the other end to give you a flat surface, and trim a little off the top of the onions. Place the onions on a chopping board with the cut side facing you. Cut incisions into the onion half an inch from the root, start with quarters and then two incisions between each one. Repeat with the other two onions.
  3. Using your hands gently toss the onions in the flour mixture making sure to gently pull apart the petals and get the flour into each layer and around the outside. Next, whisk the eggs and milk in another bowl and tip the onions into it, spooning the egg mixture over the onion to get into each layer and then repeat into the flour. Place into the freezer on a small tray for at least two hours or until solid.
  4. Once frozen, add oil to a saucepan half way full with sunflower oil and heat to 180°C/350°f. Gently immerse the onions, one by one, into the hot oil, cook for 3-4 minutes until golden, flip and cook for another 3-4 minutes. Remove with the petals facing down to allow the oil to drip off and then drain on a plate lined with kitchen paper.
  5. For the sauce: Add the coconut cream and tom yum paste to a small saucepan, whisk to combine and simmer for 3-4 minutes until thickened. Serve alongside the onions, tear off pieces of the onion and dip into the sauce.

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Ingredients

3 medium onions, peeled 

2 stalks dried lemongrass 

6 dried kaffir Lime leaves 

½ tsp garlic powder

1/2 cup plain flour 

2 eggs

3.5 oz milk 

Sunflower oil, for frying 

For the sauce: 

5 oz coconut cream 

2 tbsp tom yum past 

Sea salt

3 medium onions, peeled

2 stalks dried lemongrass 

6 dried kaffir Lime leaves 

½ tsp garlic powder

50g plain flour 

2 eggs

100ml milk 

Sunflower oil, for frying 

For the sauce: 

150ml coconut cream 

2 tbsp tom yum past 

Sea salt

You'll Need

Wide bowl for dredging

Large high-sided saucepan

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