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May282012

may 28: laos

 Ping Gai (Grilled Chicken) and Laotian Eggplant


My husband declared this the best chicken he has eaten. Ever. It is a fabulous summer recipe! The eggplant was met with more mixed reviews.

Ping Gai (Grilled Chicken)

  • 8 pieces of chicken, bone in, either thighs or drumsticks or both
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chopped lemongrass
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • juice of 2 limes
  • 1 tablespoon chili paste, such as Sriracha
  • 1 bunch chopped fresh cilantro
  1. Blend all ingredients, other than chicken and cilantro, in a food processor. Once blended, add cilantro and pulse until just chopped. Marinate chicken overnight, turning once.
  2. Place on indirect heat in a covered grill, skin-side down, for 15 minutes. Turn over, recover grill, and cook another 15-20 minutes until cooked through.
  3. Serve with jasmine rice.

Laotian Eggplant
  • 1 large eggplant, diced
  • 2 tablespoons thick soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons standard soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 rice wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1-inch piece of ginger, sliced thinly
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
Soak eggplant in salt water. Heat oil over medium heat in a large skillet with a lid, adding ginger and paprika. Mix all remaining ingredients in a small bowl. Pour into skillet. Drain and rinse eggplant and add to skillet. Cover with a lid, turn heat to low, and stir every 5 minutes, until eggplant it cooked through, about 20 minutes.
Did You Know?
  1. The myth of the creation of the Lao people can be read in the book called Nithan Khun Borom. It tells the story of the discovery of two gourds from which emerged dark- and light-skinned people who formed the peoples of Lao.
  2. The official currency of Laos is Lao kip (LAK).
  3. Some minority groups follow the practice of sacrificing large buffalos. However, this practice is now being discouraged by the government.
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