20 Nov PLATE PROFILE: THIEVERY’S YELLOWFIN TUNA
Our Yellowfin Tuna with ‘samke harra’ emulsion, pickled radish and crispy paratha bread, is a refreshing modern dish with flavours that’s been reinterpreted from traditional Middle Eastern cuisine. Translated from Arabic, “samke harra” simply means spicy fish. Originating from the northern parts of Lebanon, the traditional dish comprises of a samke harra sauce which is a spiced tahini base (made from crushing or blending roasted sesame seeds) that is smothered over the fish and then baked. Usually the spiced fish is put on kebab bread accompanied with pickles and lettuce, however we have given this classic dish a contemporary twist.
At Thievery, we have taken an elegant approach, using raw yellowfin tuna, deep fried parata bread, samkerhara emulsion and pickled radish that gives spicy, crispy and acidic textures. Yellowfin tuna is sweet, firm and mild in flavour that’s widely used in raw dishes especially in sashimi, so we’ve kept the tuna raw, diced it up and mixed it with salt, pepper, lemon juice and oil. The yellowfin tuna is then placed on deep fried paratha bread, with a thin slice of pickled radish on top, samke harra sauce and garnished with micro herbs.