Want to add a little pizzazz to your sushi platter, without spending hours crafting a masterpiece? Ornate and delicate, Chef Devaux’s hand-carved Wasabi flower is a stunningly simple, organic piece that will enhance even the simplest dish!
1. Spoon three heaped teaspoons of Wasabi powder into the glass bowl. Then, add 5-10 ml of cold water to moisten the powder.
2. Use a clean teaspoon to combine the Wasabi powder and water together, ensuring all remnants from around the edges of the bowl are also mixed in. Use the back of the teaspoon to push the powder down into the mixture, if necessary.
Continue adding small quantities of water, and mixing, until you achieve a Play Doh-like, uniform consistency. If it seems at all dry, add water sparingly until the right consistency is achieved.
3. Scoop out a small quantity of the Wasabi mixture from the ball using the teaspoon. As a rough guide, the ball should be approximately 20-50 grams.
With your fingers, manipulate the ball into a spherical shape. Apply a little pressure to the top to slightly flatten the sphere.
4. Hold the Wasabi sphere in the palm of your hand, and with the knife, begin making petal impressions with the tip (laid flat) into the surface. Turn your hand as you do so, so that each impression conjoins the next.
5. Once you have completed the outer circle of petals, repeat this process a few millimeters in from the first ring. This time, angle your knife slightly upward to make smaller impressions.
Should any cracks begin to appear, gently apply a little pressure to the area with your finger, or the tip of the knife to re-seal.
6. For the third circle, angle your knife upward so that only the tip touches the Wasabi sphere. Repeat Step 5 to create a smaller ring of conjoined petals at the center.