Copying a restaurant's dressing recipe
I'm a bit of a novice when it comes to cooking, but here we go:
There's a restaurant in Denver called H Burger that has the best salad I've ever had in my life, a Chinois chicken salad with a soy mustard vinaigrette dressing. I'm desperate to copy the dressing so I can put it on all my salads, so I asked the waitress if they sold the dressing, or would be willing to give me the recipe. She went to the kitchen to ask and came back with a list of ingredients used in the dressing, rather than the recipe:
-rice wine vinegar
-possibly some other things not written down
I thought the dressing looked too creamy to be a vinaigrette! (It has the appearance of maybe a thinner hollandaise, or a yellower Caesar.) So my questions are: Is this even really a vinaigrette? Doesn't adding an egg make it a type of Caesar? If I were to throw this all together at home in an effort to recreate it, are there any standard measurements I should be using? (This much oil to this much vinegar, this much vinegar to one egg, etc)? I've never made dressing before, and I'm aware certain proportions are usually recommended, however I have no idea how this works with a Caesar.
Any help at all would be appreciated! My passion for this salad knows no bounds!
Well, there are emulsified vinagrettes. Typically made with an immersian blender. Dry mustard will help emulsify, as will egg. It could be hard-boiled egg yolk, rather than raw. Roughly three or four parts oil to one part vinagar, depending on what kind of vinagar. But really, you do not have enough info to recreate this dressing. Possibly another Hound can steer you to a recipe.
Those ingredients are similar to a dressing recipe I got from a teriyaki restaurant in Seattle.
1 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup sesame oil
1/3 cup rice vinegar
1/4 cup sugar
2 slices ginger (about 1/4 oz)
Juice of 1/2 lemon
2 cloves garlic
1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 teaspoons dry mustard
Fresh ground pepper
Put everything in a blender and blend until smooth
hannaone, TY. Looks good. Seems a nice base recipe. Even has ginger. Was thinking add homemade pickled ginger when read OP.
snoopy275, hope you like when make. Could whisk egg yolk(s) with 1 T juice of half a lemon, 2T vinegar, then drizzle in the oil slow at first to make a mayo (I often use the yolks of two room temperature coddled eggs for 1.5 cups oil - toss the whites). Once have a nice firm mayo then add remaining ingredients. Expect results this way would be creamy and yellow. Or if did not make a mayo would be a vinaigrette end result. Your pick.
If want thick consider using an immersion blender as shown in the first YouTube link here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/879386 make a mayo then whip in the rest. If breaks, or is not thick enough, fix with a whisk and an egg yolk in a second bowl as described in a few minutes.
A soy mustard garlic ginger combination sounds tasty. Plan to garnish with toasted sesame seeds (buy white then make light brown in a non-stick dry pan over medium heat). Would use olive, safflower, sunflower, or peanut oil. Maybe a combination with toasted sesame oil 4 to 1. Lime goes with lemon, and would add fresh zest from both before juice.
Puck calls for light sesame oil; I thought I had some but cannot find it .. I should not use the toasted sesame oil, right?
Also, I have Colman's dry mustard .. do I need to make a trip to Chinese market for theirs? What's the difference?
I'll probably skip the frying of the wrappers.
Toasted sesame oil is deeper & slightly more bitter in flavor than the light variety. Use half the amount the recipe indicates, and make up the difference with more peanut oil.
The Colman's dry mustard is less hot/pungent than Chinese because they blend hot brown & milder white mustard seed to make it - Chinese is pure brown seed. If you use Colman's the flavor will be roughly the same, just with less bite.
I haven't tried this dressing, but a sweet-creamy feature in Asian type salad dressings is often miso. You might experiment with a little.