Pastrami-cured kampachi

Pastrami-cured kampachi

The Oval Room, Washington, D.C.

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Executive chef Tony Conte cures Japanese kampachi for 24 hours in a mixture of shallot, cilantro, parsley, cracked pepper, lemon juice and raw sugar.

He prepares a spice mix of coriander, paprika, black pepper, caraway and cayenne which he passes through a fine strainer to make a fine dust.

After 24 hours he wipes off the kampachi, ri

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