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(I haven't really used the LJ scrapbook thing before... this is a "thumbnail", clicking on it produces a slightly larger, slightly less compressed image. This was an informative picture, by the way - not a pretty one. Don't go judging my camera skills based on this)

This is Bo Nuong Xa (grilled lemongrass beef skewers with rice noodles) or at least my whitey version of it. This was a first attempt that was sort of ill prepared and rushed. Ideally I'd have liked to have more fresh basil on hand and some whole green leaf lettuce. But it was good as is and the Nuaoc Cham sauce is going to become a staple. I love lime/fish sauce anyway, but I think making a paste of the garlic and the chilis and the sugar really lends something to the flavor. The marinade for the beef was great too - basically a puree of lemongrass and ginger with small amounts of fish sauce, soy, and sesame oil.

Outside of summer rolls I haven't really done any Vietnamese cooking before but I like what little I've done. So that will probably be the new obsession.

MUST get a bigger mortar and pestle. Everything needs to be ground. And while I managed to make my own toasted rice powder, grinding chilis into a paste is a pain in the ass in a 3 inch mortar meant for small herbs.

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maddening
Jun. 28th, 2007 05:49 pm (UTC)
Re: 2 is good
I've grown to like Alton after first hating the hell out of him on Iron Chef America. But that was because of my attachment to the original. He's dandy now.

I used to have another mortar and pestle but have no idea where it got to. I should definitely get another coffee grinder for spices... I just end up crushing/grinding everything my hand and telling myself it's more "rustic" that way. hehe.

Habanero coffee. YUMMY. That reminds me that I still have a bottle of this stuff. Absolutely fucking foul, man.
mindspread
Jun. 28th, 2007 06:00 pm (UTC)
Re: 2 is good
coffee soda.. bleh


about as bad as smoked salmon paté soda. My sister bet me 20 bucks I couldn't finish the whole bottle.


she won.
maddening
Jun. 28th, 2007 07:01 pm (UTC)
Re: 2 is good
That reminds me of the obsession my brother had for awhile with odd flavored foods. Every year we'd get bags of chips in pickle, squid, crabstick, etc. flavors.

The Ketchup flavored potato chips were actually really good.

Jones Soda is awesome.... though I think I'll stick with the more "standard" flavors. And yes, the "pink" soda is a standard flavor.

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