|Posted by Bee & John on April 29, 2011 at 11:15 PM|
I have been pouring over our new Authentic Asian Cooking recipe book over the past week or so and wanted to start with some of my favourite recipes.
What about the "funny" ingredients I hear you say. Nonsense. Any Asian grocer (and we have heaps in Adelaide) will be able to help you. I had made a list of about 15 things I needed to make the recipes I wanted to make and I came out of the Asian grocer with a huge bag full of stuff for under $20.
Anyway - the recipe
There are two satays in the cookbook - I was a bit confused as to which one I should go for. It wasn't until I made them both that I realised that they are complementary but not supposed to be the same thing.
Satay SAUCE is a mild, subtly flavoured peanut sauce that you use to dip your satay chicken (next post) into - OR use as a sauce for Gado Gado* (see below).
My sauce was not hot in any way, but that was because I read "tablespoon" of chilli powder as "teaspoon" and so it had much less heat that was called for. I was quite happy with it actually - the satay chicken I made was quite spicy so it was a nice foil. Remember, do the recipe how YOU would want to eat it.
It was certainly easy enough. I only did half the recipe and thank goodness as it makes tons!
It was a bit confusing as it gave two parts for the recipe, the rempah and then the sauce - but really it is all the same thing and it all goes in together! I don't know what "rempah" means, but after reading the recipe through several times, I treated it it like it meant "base".
This is delicious, thick and rich. Yum!
LESSON: This is NOT meant to marinate/cook your meat in. This is a sauce used for dipping
HINT: I didn't have any Galangal - but just used ginger - it was fine!!
*GADO GADO: I was first introduced to Gado Gado by my aunt in Holland. To me it sounded a strange combination - but it was delicious! It is basically a mix of raw and cooked veggies with a satay sauce. My Aunt lightly boiled cauliflower florets, broccoli and carrot and then added raw lettuce, celery, lettuce and, I think, peanuts. We could do the cooked veggies perfectly in the Varoma!!