Serves 15


Whipped yogurt

100 grams | cream

3 each | silver gelatin, bloomed

800 grams | 3 ¼ cups cultured yogurt

black sesame rocks

265 grams | 1 1/3 cup sugar

100 grams | ½ cup water

465 grams | 3 ¼ cup black sesame

50 grams | ¼ cup buckwheat

10 grams |1 tablespoon perilla seeds

Umeboshi puree

275 grams | 1 ¼ cups umeboshi plums, pitted

Stone fruit blossoms

River rocks

Shiso salt

Red and green shiso, chiffonade


Whipped yogurt

Place the cream in a small pot. Add the bloomed gelatin, being careful to wring out any excess liquid from the gelatin. Melt the gelatin by slightly warming the cream. In a blender combine the warmed cream and yogurt. Mix on high for 1 minute then pour into a bowl over an ice bath. Stir until cold and add to a stand mixer. Using a whip attachment, mix until the yogurt doubles in volume. Place approximately two spoonfuls of yogurt into the bottom of the serving bowl. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

Black sesame rocks

Combine the sugar and water in a pot. On low heat, cook until the sugar reaches 239°F (115°C). Using a wooden spoon, add the black sesame seeds, buckwheat and perilla seeds. Mix quickly to aid in crystallizing the sugar.Transfer to a clean pot and continue to cook, mixing constantly. As the sugar begins to caramelize, continually mix to re-distribute the melted sugar. Once all of the sugar has melted completely, turn out onto a silicon baking mat. Break up into small pieces and allow to cool at room temperature. Store in a cool dry container.

Umeboshi puree

Put the umeboshi into a blender. Mix on high for 3 minutes. strain through a chinois using a ladle. Cool in an ice bath and fill a squeeze bottle. Store in the refrigerator.

To serve

Arrange the river rocks and stone fruit blossoms in a large bowl. Set the bowl of yogurt on top of the rocks. Place dots of the umeboshi puree and a light dusting of shiso salt on the surface of the yogurt. Break the black sesame rocks into small clusters and add 4 or 5 pieces on the yogurt. Lay the shiso chiffonade in a loose nest on top and serve.

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