Nutrients per serving: 639 calories, 30g total fat, 17g saturated fat, 42% calories from fat, 233mg cholesterol, 63g protein, 28g carbohydrate, 1g fiber, 265mg sodium, 76mg calcium and 2,390mg omega-3 fatty acids
Korean Miso: Combine ingredients in a large bowl and whisk together or blend with an immersion blender.
Curing Salmon: Wrap each salmon fillet in double thickness of cheesecloth. Arrange in a hotel pan and pour over the miso. Rub miso onto all sides of fillets and refrigerate for 12 to 24 hours. Remove cheesecloth bundles from miso, unwrap and discard cheesecloth. Retain miso for glazing. The purpose of the cheesecloth is to allow the miso to cure the salmon without coating it.
Kimchee: Combine Ponzu, Gochujang , vinegar, water, sesame and peanut oils, and sugar in a mixing bowl. Whisk to combine or emulsify with an immersion blender. Combine the cucumbers, pears and bean sprouts in a separate bowl. Drizzle lightly with the dressing, and toss to coat. Refrigerate for an hour, then drain liquid and redress to coat.
Roasting Salmon: Arrange cured salmon fillets on a rack in a roasting pan. Glaze the top of the salmon with reserved miso and roast in a preheated 500degree oven for 2 minutes, glaze again with miso, rotate the salmon and roast for another 2 minutes. Repeat the process by glazing and rotating the salmon until it is opaque throughout or to desired doneness.
Assembly: Arrange 3 buttercup leaves at 12 o’clock. Spoon kimchee into the cup of the lettuce and arrange the oakleaf on the plate at 6 o’clock. Place the salmon fillet on the oakleaf and garnish salmon with a drizzle of sesame oil, sesame seeds and green onions. Spoon a little extra kimchee on top to finish.
Alternative Menu Ideas:
Lettuce Cups: Casualize this sexy entrée for lunch by cutting the salmon fillets into cubes before curing and roasting. Find the tender, light yellow buttercups, spoon kimchee into each cup, top with a cube of salmon and garnish as you would the fillet.
Korean Ppang: As Báhn Mì means all things bread in Vietnamese so does Ppang mean bread in Korean. Build a cured salmon sandwich on a crispy baguette with Sriracha mayonnaise, fresh kimchee and a drizzle of toasted sesame oil.