Friday, October 26, 2007

Vietnamese Lemongrass Chicken

Rasa Malaysia had me craving her recipe for Vietnamese Lemongrass Chicken and even though mine didn't turn out a gorgeous caramel colour like hers, it became an instant fave. I have found a couple of butchers doing hormone-free chicken so that makes me happy.

It's easy to make (especially while cutting up the chicken during my favourite show, A Place In Slovakia) and very flavoursome.

Vietnamese Lemongrass Chicken, adapted from Rasa Malaysia, servces 4.
1 kilo chicken thigh fillets cut into inch cubes
3 good tablespoons fish sauce
3 garlic cloves, crushed
3 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons sugar
4 tablespoons water
2-3 tablespoons peanut oil
2 lemongrass stalks, white parts either finely sliced or shreded with a grater/Microplane
1-2 chilies, long or small, seeded and finely sliced
1 inch of ginger, grated or finely sliced

Combine the chicken, fish sauce, garlic, sprinkling of salt and 2 teaspoons of the sugar. In a small saucepan, melt the remaining 3 tablespoons of sugar with 2 tablespoons of the water and cook over high heat, stirring until the sugar is dissolved, then leave until a deep caramel colour. Remove from the heat and stir in the remaining water, then pour into a bowl. In a frypan or wok, heat the oil and add the lemongrass, chilies and ginger and cook until fragrant. Add the chicken and caramel and cook until the chicken is browned, then pop a lid on and cook for around 7 minutes, then remove the lid and cook for another 10-15 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through and the sauce has thickened. Serve with rice and sliced spring onions on top.



Blogger Kitty said...


I have cut and paste and shall make post haste.


4:40 PM  
Blogger Dot said...

censorship: it's like living in nazi germany. do you realise how low you've sunk?

2:53 PM  
Blogger Mars said...

ooh... HARSH!

...but fair.

3:09 PM  
Blogger Dot said...

oh. hi there mars. i didn't know you came here too.

3:14 PM  
Blogger Mars said...

some times i like to see what's on the menu, read the poor man's version of haiku and see posey photos of someone else.

just sometimes though...

3:16 PM  
Blogger Dot said...

i like it too. i like the sense of non-self-awareness that comes out of this blog. it's refreshingly pretentious. i like it how she writes to make herself look good, with no sense of irony or cliche. wonderful!

3:19 PM  
Blogger Mars said...

i especially like it when she tells us all the brand names she's bought... except i usually don't know if i should laugh or cry.

seriously though, the 'poetry' is my favourite. intitials, when can we expect some more haiku?

3:22 PM  
Blogger Dot said...

i HOPE we get some more haiku. i never know whether to LAUGH or VOMIT when i read it.

3:24 PM  
Blogger Mars said...

there was a lame blog
t'was all about censorship
it tried to stop us

3:26 PM  
Blogger Dot said...

dude, are you truly free-style haiku-ing!!?!?
you're amazing. you're Vietnamese Lemongrass Chicken cucletki Bronte beach bloody amazing!

3:29 PM  
Blogger Mars said...

i prefer tater-tots in cheltenham, to be honest...

hey, initials... how about like, a haiku MC thing? you know what i mean... like they do in 8 mile. i can diss yo mamma, and you can tell me i've got a fat ass...

OR SOMETHING. how bout it?

dot and i will get you started...

3:32 PM  
Blogger Dot said...

cest moi? (ie said 'cest mmmmwya!') i'm European fancy too.


there once was a girl
who liked cooking and herself
was a love-in fest

3:36 PM  
Blogger Mars said...

there once was a girl
who didn't like dot and mars
can you tell us why?

3:38 PM  
Blogger Dot said...

the problem with them
is that they do not worship
the myth of JB

3:41 PM  
Blogger Mars said...

she's a shit driver
who smokes marlboro reds (hardcore) who would worship her?

3:44 PM  
Blogger AlphaChick said...

Have I missed something ... what are Dot and Mars on about?? And who are they??

Someone (me) should tell them to leave this blog for those of us who enjoy reading it. They clearly don't get anything positive out of it ... so why do they spend time reading it?? Seems ridiculous they spend so much time trying to ruin it for the rest of us

1:29 PM  
Blogger surfercam said...

Dot & Mars - fuck off and annoy someone else - like me if you really have too.
Leave JB alone.
Pathetic really.

5:44 PM  
Blogger Rasa Malaysia said...

I am glad it became an instant hit! Thanks for trying out this recipe and linking to me. :)

5:27 PM  

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