Friday, October 05, 2012


serves four

1 bunch of kale
8 cups canola oil
tempura batter (recipe follows)
½ cup fish sauce dressing (recipe follows)
¼ cup chopped, cooked thick-cut bacon
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
2 tablespoons chopped mint

Tempura Batter
2 cups rice flour
1 egg
1 cup cold seltzer water
Dash of salt

Whisk all ingredients until they just come together.

Fish Sauce Dressing
½ cup fish sauce
¼ cup water
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
6 tablespoons sugar
1 lime, juiced
1 garlic clove minced
1 Serrano chile

Whisk all ingredients together.
Stored in the fridge, this will keep for a couple of weeks.

Bring a pot of salted water to boil.
Tear kale leaves off of the stems, and cut larger leaves in half.
Boil kale in salted water for 1 minute.
Strain into colander and spread out onto a sheet tray.
When cool enough to handle squeeze out all of the water from the kale.

Heat 8 cups of canola oil in a wide high-sided pot to 350º.
In a large bowl put fish sauce dressing, cilantro, mint, and bacon.
Dip the kale into the tempura and place into the oil.
It is important to try and separate the leaves as it goes in the oil to avoid clumping.
Fry for 30 seconds.
Using a spider,
take kale out of oil and place into the large bowl.
Toss the kale so all the ingredients coat it.
Place into individual bowls.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Johanna Ware, Smallwares, 4605 NE Fremont Street, Portland, Oregon | via Edible Manhattan, the edible blog, September 6, 2012

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