Wednesday, 10 August 2011
Vietnamse Style Lemongrass Tamarind Chicken for Asian Tuesday
I´ve been asked to contribute a salad dish coming Saturday for one of my Stammtisch member´s birthday. Its the same old thing. Someone will bring an egg salad, a waldorf salad, a caprese, a bierwurst salad, a fruit salad, and something with corn mix with seasonal vegetable (which they loveee drenching in the classic yoghurt sauce here) without fail. I am in a dilemma as always and in order not repeat the same thing my group member will bring, I always volunteer to bring an asian salad. The thing is, salads are not a norm in Asia! Kimchi did cross my mind but I think I will give Vietnamese Chicken Salad a try this time round.
So ... this was the reason why that small book got out.
So far, I´ve brough Chicken Teriyaki Salad, Caecar Salad,
Vietnamese cuisine in my opinion is another way under-rated food in the world. I like the way how they use fresh herbs to season some of the dishes but kept chillis to the minimum. Yes, I do love chilli but its not one of those taste I can take every time. This is a pretty straightforward dish with lemongrass taste taking centrestage, while the usage of fish sauce provides the saltiness, the lime juice giving it a kick and sugar to lent it some sweetness. Overall, its a balance dish which I find would fit well in any family dining table.