Grilled watermelon and Crabstick with Avocado

Ingredients:

  • 500 gm watermelon horizontally cut into half
  • 4 noscrab stick
  • 100 ml lemon juice
  • 15 ml sesame oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 gm castor sugar
  • 5.5 oz. (156 g) Alaskan king crab meat
  • ½ cup (115 g) of finely sliced spring onions
  • few pieces of red radish, thinly  sliced
  • 10 gm ginger cut into juliennes
  • 8 pieces of edible flowers petals
  • 15 gm togarashi powder

For the avocado puree:

  • 1 ripe avocado, peeled with pit removed
  • 5 gm ginger minced
  • A pinch of wasabi paste
  • 5 ml lemon juice
  • 5 ml sesame oil
  • salt to taste
  • half a pinch of togarashi powder

 Method:

  • Prepare the avocado puree by scooping, mashing and whipping with a whisk until smooth.
  • Add all remaining ingredients to the avocado puree and whisk until fully incorporated and blended. Check for seasoning and adjust if  required. Keep refrigerated.
  • Take the watermelon and cut into half horizontally, removing the outer rind and cutting into 4 rounds with a 2 cm thickness and 9 cm  diameter.
  • Place the cut watermelon in a deep bowl to marinate with the lemon juice, sesame oil, spring onion, sugar, salt and pepper and set aside  for 5 minutes.
  • Preheat the grill and quickly grill the watermelon for about 1 minute on each side or until nice grill marks are achieved, remove from the  heat and chill for 10 minutes.
  • Over a heated hot plate, sear the crab stick and set aside.
  • With a butter brush, lightly paint the base of the grilled watermelon with sesame oil, then gently press the finely sliced spring onions  onto the base of the watermelon to form a crust, shaking off any access onion.
  • Place the grilled watermelon in the center on the plate.
  • Place the chilled crab stick on top of the grilled watermelon.
  • Put 3 dollops of the avocado puree on top and at the base of the crab stick and then garnish with thinly sliced radish, ginger julienne and  edible flowers then finally lightly dust with togarashi powder.
  • Serve immediately.

Recipe Courtesy: Excecutive Chef Japvir Vohra at the Doubletree by Hilton