Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Summer Fare

One of the very best things about Asian food is the sometimes very short cooking time. This is especially true in the summer when one doesn't want to heat up the house too much.  The time here is spent in prepping the ingredients.

The last hot day gave me a craving for General Tso Chicken.  Chopped chicken thigh meat, sweet red peppers, onions, garlic, peanuts, scallions,  tsin tsin peppers and a sauce with about twelve ingredients - very strong on chilli bean paste, vinegar and a little brown sugar.  The rice went into the rice cooker while the wok sat in the coals on the grill.  Four minutes outside in the heat (with a beer in hand) and dinner was ready with plenty of leftovers for the next day.

Sweet, spicy, strong, tart and good eating.

The beer was a Goose Island IPA out of Chicago.  Cool, bitter and refreshing with the food.

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