Here's some of the stuff that we've had recently.
I had made three different types of wings for the pig-fest. One of the sauces was sort of a Indonesian inspired sauce that I threw together during a break. It used Kecap Manis, Sambal Olek (an Indonesian brand), lime juice, and honey. Since the only chance I really have of getting to Catalina Offshore is during Saturdays......I try to make the best of things. Here's a pan fried grouper which I cooked in a combo coconut-grapeseed oil.
The sauce went really well with the fish.
The Missus liked it so much that She ended up using it as a dressing.
She placed the fish on top of a shaved chard, kale, brussel sprout salad. The dressing did quite well with the rather bitter salad....even I liked it. So maybe we've found a use for this "wing sauce", which actually wasn't too bad on wings either......
Not everything I end up making is particularly good:
I couple months back, I finally ordered David Chang's Momofuku cookbook. An aquaintance of mine had gone on and on about the "ginger scallion sauce" and the ginger scallion noodles. So I went ahead and made it....exactly like the recipe was written and man, it was pretty bland....so I made adjustments, more scallions, more salt.......man, it was still fairly mild.
The sauce on the right is my ginger scallion pesto, which I made to compare...and I preferred more. It had more body, the garlic helped the sauce as well....I think hot peanut oil also brought out more flavor. So I dunno......if you look at the photo in the book, the sauce on David Chang's noodles is much darker.
Sometime's recipes from even a trusted source doesn't quite come out. I love Pei Mei's Chinese Cookbook Volume 1. Just about everything I've made from the "Julia Child of Chinese Cooking" has turned out....except for the Sauteed Lamb with Scallions.
I'm thinking it was the additional of vinegar that killed this...... I'll make adjustments and try again.
Luckily, I used only half the lamb and the next night I went back to my stand by; zi ran yang rou.
Cumin Lamb, one of my favorites.......