Liquid Caprese – mozzarella with tomato and dashi broth


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Tomato water

Tomato sponge

Dashi broth

Roasted cherry tomatoes

To serve

Begin the day before with the tomato water. Place all the ingredients in a blender and blitz to form a loose purée
Pour into a muslin cloth suspended above a bowl to catch the strained liquid dripping through. Leave to hang in the fridge overnight
The same day, place all the ingredients for the tomato sponge in a blender and blitz to combine. Pour into a siphon gun and leave to rest overnight
The dashi broth can also be made ahead. Place the kombu seaweed in a pan with the water and allow to soften for a few minutes before placing over a low heat
  • 20g of kombu, rinsed and dried
  • 500ml of water
Add the shiitake mushrooms and heat through to 90°C, skimming away any surface residue as it appears. Remove the kombu to prevent the broth from becoming too bitter, then add the bonito flakes and remove the pan from the heat
Leave the broth to sit for 30 seconds before straining through a muslin cloth into a clean pan. Allow to cool, then mix in the mirin and soy sauce. Sit well and reserve until needed
On the day of serving, preheat the oven to 160°C/gas mark 3
Season the cherry tomato halves with the oil and salt, place on a baking tray and allow to gently roast for 1 hour
Meanwhile, weigh out 500ml of the tomato water and discard the pulp left in the muslin cloth. Mix the tomato water into the pan of cooled dashi broth and place over a gentle heat, bringing up to 70°C
As this heats through, remove the tomato sponge siphon from the fridge and insert 2 gas charges. Squirt the sponge mixture into paper cups, filling each one a third of the way up, then place these in the microwave and cook for 30 seconds at 750W. Allow to cool then remove the sponges and set aside
To serve, divide the shredded iceberg lettuce between deep dishes or bowls. Top with the mozzarella balls (4 per serving) and scatter over the edamame beans, broccoli florets and a few sprigs of basil cress. Arrange the roasted tomato halves and sponge pieces over the top and pour over the warm broth to serve
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