31 (Tue) December 2013
Wining (Mimosa) and Dining (Shrimp Cocktail) Mr. Incredible
at HS & YH's
at HS & YH's
with Wife, Dominic, Ahn HY + Kim IT + JH, Cho JH + Kim KH, Han CY + Hwang SE, Lee HS + Yun YH, Yong I
Shrimp cocktail is an English shrimp dish. Boiled shrimp. Arranged along the rim of a large cocktail glass--hence the name. Dipped in Marie Rose sauce, essentially a blend of ketchup and mayo, sometimes with additional ingredients, such as lemon juice, worcestershire, etc.
The American version differs in that the sauce omits the mayo and instead includes horseradish.
Mimosa is an actual cocktail. 1 part champagne (or dry sparkling white) + 1 part OJ. Usually comes in a flute. Often served at brunch.
In the Pixar film The Incredibles--my favorite Pixar film and easily in my top ten favorite films of all time--the villain Syndrome lures the hero Mr. Incredible to the island under false pretenses, wining and dining him en route in a private automated jet. While he's munching on shrimp cocktail, a computer voice asks "Would you like another mimosa?," which then pops out of the armrest.
A couple weeks ago, after watching the movie, HS asked me about "mimosa," thinking it to be the dish shown in the scene, not the beverage. After I'd cleared up the confusion, he was intrigued to try both.
So, when he and YH invited the camping crew over to their apartment for a New Year's Eve party, optional potluck, it seemed the ideal opportunity to introduce him, and probably everyone else, to the shrimp cocktail and the mimosa. Even more apropos, HS kinda thinks of himself as Mr. Incredible; his secondary nickname within the group is "Camp Shin (신)" (shin = god), because he's supposedly omnipotent/omniscient where camping is concerned, and he sort of is, admittedly.
My first time tasting the two in concert, the pairing now seems so obvious. I've always liked tomato (sauce) and orange (juice) together, the parallel tang/acidity/brightness. And with the horseradish, so much better than plain mayo, an extra kick. Meanwhile, almost on a separate level, the champagne (technically, cheap Spanish stuff) enhancing the sweet brininess of the shrimp, that magical synergy between bubbly and crustacean. This time, unfortunately, in my eagerness to impress, I overseasoned the sauce, making it a bit too salty--the recipe didn't even call for seasoning. I'm so doing this again for brunch.
YH made miyeok guk (3.5) and jeonbok juk (3.5), for my birthday--I was quite touched; more important, they were awesome; I was tempted to feature either/or for this post, and the two combined probably would've rated 4.0, but The Incredibles thing just seemed more fun to write about; she explained the recipes, way different in technique and better in result than mine, so I'll be recreated them at home soon enough.
Happy New Year.
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