just poached! asian pears

From Dan at SS rio in Chicago:

Asian Pears!

“These giant (about the size of a grapefruit) pears spend there entire life wrapped in a paper bag. From bud to full-grown fruit they are protected from insects, dirt, and debris. The result is a ‘perfect’ pear – free of blemishes and bruises. They have a crisp texture and are incredibly juicy. For dessert, we poach the pears in sake and mirin perfumed with kafir, star anise, cardamom, cinnamon, vanilla, and honey. They are finished with toasted coconut, vanilla ice cream, micro shiso, and a syrup made from a reduction of the poaching liquor.”

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