1 stalk lemongrass, finely chopped
2 small red chilies,chopped
1 tsp ground coriander
1 cup coconut milk
16 jumbo shrimp, peeled, deveined, tails intact
16 bamboo skewers, soaked
Oil, for brushing
1/2 pineapple, peeled, finely chopped
1 cucumber, seeded, finely chopped
1 long red chili, sliced
1 lime, finely grated zest and juice
1/4 cup rice vinegar
1 tsp fish sauce
1 tsp sugar
4.5 oz roasted unsalted peanuts, chopped
Combine lemongrass, chili and coriander in a mortar and pound with the pestle until a paste forms. Transfer to a bowl and stir in coconut milk.
Arrange shrimp in a shallow dish. Pour over marinade, turning to coat. Chill, covered, 2 hours.
Meanwhile, to make salsa: In a large bowl, combine all salsa ingredients except peanuts. Chill until required. Add peanuts just before serving.
Thread each shrimp lengthwise on a skewer. Preheat a grill or grill pan on medium. Brush lightly with oil. Cook shrimp for 4-5 minutes, turning, until just cooked through. Serve with salsa.
1/2 a red bell pepper, minced
1 red chili, minced
1 lemon (zest and juice only)
3/4 cup water
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1 1/4 cups sugar
Peel or cut the rind off of two oranges. Slice the rind into thin strips.
Remove and discard the peel and the most of the white membrane from the rest of the oranges. Cut the oranges into sections, then into quarters.
Pour the water and apple cider vinegar into a pot and turn on the heat to medium high. Toss in the chopped chilies, peppers, sliced orange rind, lemon zest and lemon juice into the pot.
As soon as the mixture starts to boil, reduce the heat to medium, then add the cut orange sections and sugar.
Allow the mixture to simmer, stirring occasionally and scraping the bottom of the pan to keep it from burning.
As soon as it starts to thicken up, turn down the heat to low.
Test the consistency of the jelly by setting aside about half a teaspoon and allowing it to cool.
If the jelly is still runny, let it simmer a bit longer and keep testing every 5 minutes or so.
Once you are happy with the consistency, put the sauce into a jar (or jars). Let it cool completely.
10 oz boneless skinless chicken meat (thigh or breast), cut into bite-sized pieces
1/2 tablespoon Shaoxing wine
Pinch of salt
1/3 cup cornstarch
Oil for deep frying
1 1/2 tablespoons oil
3 slices peeled ginger, finely minced
1 clove garlic, finely minced
4-5 dried red chilies, rinsed and deseeded
2 stalks scallion, white-part only, cut into 1-inch lengths
2 1/2 – 3 tablespoons Chinese rice vinegar
2 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
1/2 tablespoon dark soy sauce
1 teaspoon Hoisin sauce
1/4 cup water
2 1/2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 tablespoon Shaoxing Wine
1 scant tablespoon corn starch
Marinate the chicken meat with the Shaoxing wine and salt for 15 minutes. Mix all the ingredients for the Sauce in a small bowl. Set aside.
Coat the chicken generously with the 1/3 cup cornstarch. Heat up the oil for deep-frying. Deep fry the chicken until they turn light brown. Dish out with a strainer, draining the excess oil by laying the chicken on a dish lined with paper towels.
Heat up a wok with 1 1/2 tablespoons oil. Add the minced ginger, garlic, and dried chilies into the wok, stir-fry until you smell the spicy aroma of the chilies. Pour the sauce into the wok. When the sauce boils and thickens, add the chicken, stir to combine well with the sauce. Add the scallion and stir a few times, dish out and serve immediately.