Sea Bass With Thai Curry And Pistachios by Walter Manzke


1/3 cup Pearl tapioca
4 Stalks lemongrass
2 teaspoons Galangal
2 teaspoons Ginger
8 Lime leaves
24 ounces Coconut milk
1 Bunch fresh basil
1 Bunch fresh cilantro
2 Limes
salt and pepper
1/2 cup High quality cooked white crab meat
1/4 cup Fresh corn
1 Bunch white scallions, sliced
Thai curry paste to taste
2 cups Pistachios, shelled
20 ounces Sea bass 


For tapioca
Boil tapioca in water until cooked. Rinse in cold running water to remove starch.
In a small sauce pot, sweat 1 stalk sliced lemongrass, 1 teaspoon galangal, 1 teaspoon chopped ginger, and 4 lime leaves. Add 12 ounces coconut milk and simmer for 10 minutes. Add a few sprigs of basil and cilantro, juice of 2 limes and salt to taste.Simmer for 3-4 more minutes. Strain coconut milk and 1 cup of cooked tapioca and crab meat.

For corn
Clean corn from the cobs. Put corn cobs in a stock pot with enough cold water to cover.Simmer for 30 minutes to make a corn stock and strain.
In a large sauce pan, sweat 2 stalks sliced lemongrass, scallions, 4 lime leaves, 1 teaspoon galangal, and 1 teaspoon chopped ginger. Add corn and continue to sweat. Add curry paste and 1 cup pistachios. Add corn stock and 12 ounces of coconut milk. Season with salt to taste and simmer for 30 minutes. Blend in a high speed blender and strain.

For fish
Season with salt and pepper. Sauté fish fillets until the skin is crisp and flesh is cooked through.

For garnish
Lightly toast 1 cup pistachios in the oven.

To serve
Place 2 spoons of tapioca and crab in center of bowl. Sprinkle some pistachios on top.Place fish on tapioca. Garnish with leaves of basil and cilantro. Pour corn curry sauce around fish.