Corn, it’s one the most delicious vegetables! But wait, corn’s not a vegetable? I learned that the hard way after playing twenty questions with Mike while on a road trip. I think I knew it was a grain, but for some reason, for the purpose of twenty questions it was more of a vegetable. It was the first time I “won,” at twenty questions, but Mike claims that it doesn’t count because I “lied.”
Lying aside, corn really is delicious. The crunch, the sweet milkiness, and the way the kernels burst into juicy little flavour bombs on your tongue can’t be beat. Nothing is better than fresh corn steamed with butter. Oh, except fresh corn roasted on the cob and topped with green onion oil. Oh, and maybe Chang’s roasted sweet summer corn with miso butter, bacon & roasted onions.
The recipe is called “roasted sweet summer corn,” but it’s not summer. Imported corn from the grocery store never tastes the same as just picked off the cob. I wish I could just go to the multitudes of corn fields nearby, but as balmy as it is in Vancouver right now, there isn’t any local corn.
No local corn and sad supermarket corn meant that I used my old standby, frozen. I really like frozen corn. It’s convenient, it tastes good, and I actually buy into that whole frozen vegetables are flash frozen at the peak of their goodness thing.
Obtaining fresh corn aside, this is another one of Chang’s easier (read, quick) recipes. There’s little room for error, after all it has corn, miso butter, bacon and onions. All delicious on their own, all taste-explosiony together. The sweetness of the corn and onions were offset by the saltiness of the bacon and miso butter. I really do love the combination of sweet and salty flavours.
I had this corn last summer at Noodle Bar, and it flavour wise, it was just as good, but something was missing. Looking back at my photos of the Noodle Bar corn I noticed that there were new roasted potatoes tossed in. I think this recipe would really benefit from potatoes. Also, it was a tad on the salty side, so if I were to make it again I’d cut down on the amount of miso butter. I guess there can be too much of a good thing!
But there can never be enough corn. Or bacon.