RECIPE TITLE "Meatballs On Skewers"
recipe from Martin Yan's Chinatown Cooking: 200 Traditional Recipes from 11 Chinatowns Around the World Copyright © 2001 by Yan Can Cook.
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SERVES 6 --- moderate
More than a shopper's haven, the night markets of Thailand are also a food lover's paradise. There is so much to see and so much to eat. The perfect food is something that allows you to walk around and eat at the same time. I have the ultimate suggestion -- meatballs on skewers. These Thai-style beef meatballs are so good they might stop you dead in your tracks!
6 (8-inch) bamboo skewers
2 tablespoons char siu sauce
1 teaspoon chile garlic sauce
2/3 pound ground beef
1/2 cup finely chopped cilantro leaves
2 tablespoons finely chopped shallots
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon minced ginger
1/2 teaspoon minced fresh Thai chile
1 tablespoon oyster-flavored sauce
2 teaspoons soy sauce
2 teaspoons fish sauce
2 teaspoons sesame oil
2 teaspoons palm sugar or brown sugar
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon coarsely ground green or black peppercorns
1 small green bell pepper, seeded and cut into 1-inch squares
1 small red bell pepper, seeded and cut into 1-inch squares
# Soak skewers in water for at least 15 minutes.
# To make glazing sauce, in a bowl combine char siu sauce, water, and chile garlic sauce. Mix and set aside.
# To make meatballs, in a large bowl combine ground beef, cilantro, shallots, garlic, ginger, chile, oyster sauce, soy sauce fish sauce, sesame oil, palm sugar, cornstarch, and peppercorns. Knead with your hands to mix thoroughly. Roll into 18 meatballs, using a rounded tablespoon of meat mixture for each.
# Preheat oven to 350° F. Thread 3 meatballs on each skewer, threading squares of green and red bell pepper between each meatball. Place skewers in a shallow baking pan.
# Bake meatballs for 10 minutes. Reset oven to broil. Brush meatballs with glazing sauce. Set pan about 3 inches from heat source. Broil for about 2 minutes on each side. Serve.
|Martin Yan Quick and Easy
Yan admits to having "eaten my way across Asia more times than I can count." Luckily, he collected plenty of recipes along the route. These recipes are for simple, traditional dishes, many of which may have been slightly modified to appeal to Western palates--and schedules (most meals can be made in under a half hour). Yan, who hosts a PBS series, employs modern conveniences such as rice-cookers and microplane graters to expedite food prep, and suggests buying sauces from your local Asian market, if you happen to live near one. He presents a list of items he suggests should be staples of the amateur chef's Asian pantry and refrigerator. Yan directs novices to an overview of online resources and even provides a glossary of ingredients for the Asian-impaired. Basic recipes such as Sushi Rice, Spicy Soy Dipping Sauce, and Sweet-and-Sour Shredded Carrots are dispatched in a half page each. The next section, titled "Small Bites and First Courses," includes 81 appetizing dishes, such as Marbled Tea Eggs, and Crab and Asparagus Soup. The meatiest section, "Main Courses," features dishes like Mirin-Ginger Crab and Lemon-Pepper Beef. The book finishes off with tasty "Deserts and Drinks," such as Spiced Banana Rolls and Lychee Lemonade. Yan does a good job of demystifying Asian cuisine and bringing a touch of zen into our hurried lives. -Publishers Weekly
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"The Chinatowns around the world are amazing communities," writes Martin Yan in his Chinatown Cooking, "filled with history, culture, friendship, and of course food." Naturally, in this companion book to his public television series, Yan focuses on the food--a rich stew from the world's Chinatowns, including, exotically, those in Singapore, Sydney, and Macao. The 200 recipes included reflect a profoundly rich food culture (or cultures, as Chinese cuisine is regionally diverse). Some dishes, like Steamed Whole Fish with Ginger and Green Onions and Sweet-and-Spicy Garlic Shrimp, are beloved classics; others, including Hawaiian Lu'Au Stew, mirror adjustments to local ingredients or tastes; while still others, such as Crispy Seafood and Mango Packets and Steamed King Prawns with Chinese Pesto, are the innovations of modern chefs. But old or new, the dishes are endlessly tempting, and, because of Yan's knowledgeable yet relaxed approach and the clarity of his recipes, completely manageable.
Covering dishes from dim sum, appetizers, and soups, to meat and seafood specialties, rice, noodles, and even desserts like Lucky Treasure Rice Pudding, the book also profiles the Chinatowns, noting their unique qualities (Yokohama's is host to 18 million tourists a year!) while also offering restaurant and dish recommendations (at Macau's Restaurante Chan Chi Mei, order the hanging fish hot pot). Yan also provides illuminating cultural asides such as those about Hakka cuisine or Singapore's Sam Sui women, who were pivotal in the construction of that country's Chinatown. But it's the dishes that make the book a treasure. The book also contains comprehensive food and technique glossaries and color photos throughout. --Arthur Boehm
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