Happy New Year + the Seventh Day of Christmas

Happy New Year.
It’s still the Yuletide though…and on the Seventh Day of Christmas…classic appetizer treats by Menu Shoppe “finds”.
Pork Wontons
1 (16 ounce) pork tenderloin, cut into 1 inch cubes
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger root
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1 green onion, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 dash soy sauce
salt and ground black pepper to taste
1 (12 ounce) package square wonton wrappers
1 egg white, beaten
 2 quarts peanut oil for frying
Combine the pork, ginger, garlic, green onion, lime juice, crushed red pepper, sesame oil, and soy sauce in a food processor. Season mixture with salt and pepper. Pulse until pork is minced to the consistency of ground beef.  Separate the wonton wrappers and lay them out on a clean surface. Spoon 1 tablespoon of the pork mixture into the center of each wrapper. Moisten the edges of the wonton wrappers with water, fold over the filling to form a triangle, and press together to seal. Brush each wonton with egg white. Pour the peanut oil into a large pot and preheat to 365 degrees F (180 degrees C). Gently drop wontons into the hot oil and cook until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Remove to paper towels to drain.
Nutritional values:  Amount Per Serving  Calories: 258 | Total Fat: 17.1g | Cholesterol: 19mg
Sesame Dipping Sauce

100 g crushed sesame seeds
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
1/2 cup Japanese soy sauce
2 tablespoons mirin *found at speciality shops
3 teaspoons caster sugar
1/2 teaspoon dashi granules *found at speciality shops
1/2 cup warm water
Crush toasted sesame seeds until they form a paste, using mortar and pestle or a clean coffee grinder.  Add 2 teaspoons of oil if necessary to assist in forming a paste. Mix paste with rest of ingredients.
Ginger Dipping Sauce 
5 cm piece fresh ginger peeled, grated finely
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
1 tablespoon fish sauce
2 tablespoons fresh coriander
1 seeded finely chopped chili pepper
Combine all ingredient to desired consistency.
Lemon and Garlic Dipping Sauce 
In a small bowl stir together 1/4 cup lemon juice, 2 tablespoons fish sauce and 1 tablespoon sugar until sugar has dissolved. Stir in 2 chopped small red chillis and 3 finely chopped cloves garlic.
Also a few excerpts from The Waiter’s Tips by James Poling.
An informative training manual with real life stories about the food, beverage, and in general customer service industry. Common sense approach on how to treat customers and guests.
7 Waiter’s Tips to sell appetizers.  Impress the guests.
Idea #1 – Know at least 4 of the items on your appetizer menu as if a best friend.
Idea #2 – Know how to pronounce each of the items correctly. 
Idea #3 – Ask your chef for extra details as an extra selling point for the item. Whether the vegetables are organic or farm fresh. 
Idea #4 – Watch the kitchen prep for narrative to your table. 
Idea #5 – Ask for the order. Suggest an appetizer. 
Idea #6 – Upon delivery–make presentation–not merely delivery.
Idea #7 – Always follow-up 

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