Those Thai corn fritters sound good. The julienned Thai lime leaves will be a big flavor advantage.
Do you know if you are getting the whole salmon, or just fillets? If just fillets, you could do like a sweet-sour fish dish or a lomi lomi salmon http://chezannies.blogspot.com/2007/11/lomi-lomi-salmon.html (depending on whether you think the judges would go for raw fish). If you can get the salmon collars, broil ‘em http://chezannies.blogspot.com/2007/07/broiled-salmon-collar.html with some of your Sichuan peppercorn-flavored sea salt.
I think Dr. BBQ could be at a disadvantage with melon. You can’t really barbecue it, although you might be able to grill it. Maybe he’d turn it into kabobs or something. Your very own Tapioca Pearls with Sweet Coconut and Cantelope will smother him.
It sounds like a true challenge because the ingredients aren’t classically Asian. I’ll leave the creativity to the master…I’m no expert on Asian cooking. Good luck! I hope you smite him!]]>
I know you’ll be great. Show him how strong your kung-fu is, grasshopper.
For the appetizer, maybe you can turn the corn into a sauce, blend with cream and strain so its nice and velvety. Or you could extract corn flavor, and add it to pop rocks (http://ideasinfood.typepad.com/ideas_in_food/2006/12/violet_pop_rock.html) for “pop corn”. Or a sweet drink made with crushed corn-flavor-infused ice, or “corn chips”. Freeze-dry the corn, make a panko-like breading for a white fish, and you have “corn-on-the-cod”! OK, I’ll stop now.
I think the previous dessert ice-cream/puree comments are good, but add that ginger would go really well with the melon. In fact, I think maybe I’ll try to make a ginger/melon sorbet this weekend.]]>
To serve, tuck the top half of the husk underneath…nap with corn-melon salsa?…
Dessert…how about in your dessert bowl…a thin layer of chilled almond ivory (like an almond jello with tapioca), then top with a cantaloupe and honeydew puree side by side so it looks like yin-yang thingy…]]>
Appetizer: Juk (sp?)..you know the chinese style porridge soup with corn kernels maybe even jazzed up w/ some bacon bits and drippings?
Main: Salmon crusted w/ black and white seasame seeds w/ a teryaki style or oyster sauce based glaze or salmon crusted w/ crushed nuts and a a thai style peanut sauce or deep fried salmon (def. w/ skin) w/ vietnamese fish sauce.
Dessert: Melon (honey dew) ice cream. Have you tried the korean melon bar? I can eat a 100 of them during the summer.]]>