Monday, December 14, 2009

Leaf wraps

We had some leftover chicken to explore, so of course I headed for deliciousness in a leaf. I chopped the chicken (it can be pork or beef, too) up small, adding it to finely chopped ginger, shallots and garlic in a pan, stirring it about, then adding tamarind, jaggery, fish sauce, chopped peanuts. Cooking till almost paste-like, cooling.

Quick-pickling carrot and radish, cleaning Boston/butter lettuce leaves and cilantro.

Making a dipping sauce of fresh lime juice, more fish sauce, sugar, chile, ginger and scallions. Finely dicing some lime skin with pith and flesh to add in tiny bites to the leaves. Slicing avocado for an inauthentic twist.

Spoonful of chicken paste, some pickles, a leaf of cilantro, bits of lime, a peanut, spoon over some sauce, wrap, bite, chew swallow. Lick fingers.

Repeat.

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