European immigrants made this confection -- which has large, crisp crumbs on top -- a New York City coffee-shop favorite. An optional layer of jam between the batter and topping adds a fruity component.
Nobu drew from elements of a traditional Japanese breakfast for this donburi (rice bowl). Partially cooked salmon (Nobu is known for the technique) is flaked and seasoned with soy sauce, and eggs are scrambled soft with minced white onion, tomato juice, and sake. To serve, line the bowl with rice; then layer with the salmon, toasted nori, eggs, and then a garnish of toasted sesame seeds. (Nobu suggests a dollop of caviar or salmon roe.)
The secret to moist fried chicken is maintaining the correct oil temperature throughout the process. If it's too low, the chicken will be greasy and soggy, and if it's too high, the coating will burn before the chicken is cooked through.