Joie De Vivre Tuesday #6 – Onion Volcano
Posted by Shannon on 02/22/2011
When you combine pyrotechnics with Asian cuisine you’ve got a “win” in my book. My favorite trick at teppan style restaurants has long-been the little onion volcano. Chop the onion, stack up its concentric circle rings and load the inside up with some cooking oil. Easy, entertaining, and always guaranteed to elicit a big smile and an “ooh!” from this Korean. The shot below was over the summer, and a particularly impressive flame-height! Flame to volcano base ratio is none too shabby.
Taking a step back…the humble onion contains quercitin, a flavonoid, that can assist your body in healthy cell reproduction. The exact quantity needed is a scientific fact I don’t have at the ready for you (sorry.) What little known fact I can share is that the bulk of said flavonoids dwell in the outer layer of the onion, which we typically discard first during cooking. Or volcano building.
Hope you enjoy/request the next time you are at a similar restaurant. Have a fantastic Tuesday!