Lasagne layered with sheets of pasta, bolognese sauce, a creamy bechamel and topped with fresh grated cheese.
A signature dish
We have been making lasagna since the very first day we opened our kitchen in Hong Kong. In fact, a big reason why we built the kitchen was because we wanted to make a clean and guilt-free lasagna for the people of Hong Kong.
Since then we have made A LOT of lasagne and we still love it to this day. Lasagne really is a masterpiece of a dish but it takes some effort to cook at home as it can be quite time consuming to prepare all the different steps.
Over the years we have figured out what we think is a great way of making lasagne bolognese. The key to our lasagna is the meat mix, double concentrated tomato paste, and our unique béchamel sauce
Unlike many restaurants who only use just beef, we use a mix of premium minced beef and minced pork. The addition of pork adds a depth of flavor that beef by itself cannot provide. Having a quality beef and pork cooked together for hours really brings the bolognese sauce to the next level in depth of flavor.
Double concentrated tomato paste
To get an even more full and exciting tomato flavor we discovered that double concentrated tomato paste was amazing. It's basically normal tomato paste that has been cooked down and reduced for twice as long. It has more intense tomato flavors and as a bonus it also naturally gives the sauce a deep red color that looks great.
A traditional bechamel sauce is made from a roux which is simply cooking butter and flour together with milk until it thickens to a thick and creamy sauce. The béchamel sauce is super important to a lasagna as it balances out the deep flavors of the meat sauce and it should also be slightly sticky to keep the lasagna together. We make our bechamel with tapioca starch instead of wheat flour. Tapioca is a made from the roots of cassava plants and it's a staple food all across Asia. We found it makes an even greater bechamel sauce as it tastes fantastic and doesn't have the slightly grainy and lumpy taste wheat flour sometimes has.
Cheese on top
We carefully assemble layers of pasta sheets, meat sauce and bechamel sauce to build up the layers of the lasagne. To finish the dish we generously sprinkle fresh grated cheese on top.