Monday, June 28, 2010

Fried Fish with Lemon Grass & Chilli

Simple, quick dish I knocked together and smashed down before I hit the gym. It's packed full of protein and it quite healthy when cooked with olive oil. The presentation sucks, I know!

  • 1x Barramundi Fish Fillet (Other Fish will also do)
  • 4x Table Spoons of Minced Lemon Grass
  • 4x Chopped Chili
  • 1x Teaspoon of Salt
  • 1x Tablespoon of Fish Sauce (Make Sure It's an Asian Brand)
  • 1x Tablespoon of Olive Oil

Cut the fish in pieces (if you like) or leave it whole, rest it aside. Combine Lemon Grass, Chili, Salt, Fish Sauce, and Olive Oil into a Pestle & Mortar or Blender, then mix and bash the ingredients till it's combined well. Try NOT to turn it into a paste or some sludgy green shiet. Apply to all of the mixture to Fish Fillet and let it sit in the fridge for around 15 minutes. Using a Wok, add liberal amounts of Olive Oil, roughly 1 cm in height, the ideally covering the fish.

Fry the fish until golden brown on each side, then rest on paper towels. Drain oil using a strainer to collect fried bits of lemon grass and chili, this will be used as the garnish and also packs heaps of flavour.

Serve on a bed of rice and some chopped up veggies such as tomatoes, cucumber, etc.

Time to Prepare: 15 Minutes
Time to Cook: 10 Minutes
Cost: ~$10 (Fish, Lemon Grass, Chili)

Monday, June 21, 2010

My Version of Vietnamese Lemon Grass & Red Chili Chicken with Beans

Simple and quick meal that would put a smile on many faces. This meal is best cooked using an Asian iron wok, the ones you see in Asian restaurants, if not available a thin saucepan would do the trick too!

Meal is great served with plain rice or even some nice crusty bread, but to keep it more authentic, I suggest rice :)

- 1x Chicken Breast
- 3x Lemon Grass Stalks
- 5x Red Chili
- 2x Onions
- 5x Gloves of Garlic
- 1x Tablespoon of ABC Dark Soy
- 2x Tablespoons of Fish Sauce
- 1x Cup of Chicken or Pork Stock
- 1x Teaspoon of Pepper

Time to Prepare: 25 Minutes
Time to Cook: 20 Minutes
Cost: ~$12 (Chicken, Lemon Grass, Chili)