Friday, June 04, 2010

Delicious and stinky

Oh you beautiful, stinky fish sauce. Everything was coming along wonderfully and the aroma from the onions, garlic, peppers and basil was intoxicating. Then I poured in my sauce...BAM! Stank Face! I curse you, yet you bring something to the party few friends can provide. You devil!

Stir-fried Chicken & Basil

The main ingredients. Onions, peppers, basil, garlic.

Saute until tender. I might have used a touch too much oil. Regardless it was a delicious blend of olive and avocado oils.

At this point, you could bottle the perfume coming out of the pan. In just a moment you're going add a blend of broth, fish sauce, sugar and a splash of soy sauce. The pungency will knock you out when you do. Step away from the steam. Serve hot over a rice of your choice. Enjoy.

Oh, and if you think of it, add a squeeze of fresh lime juice. I didn't, but I'm pretty sure the flavor would have gone through the roof if I had. Also, this was supposed to be "Spicy." Even with a whole jalapeno, it wasn't quite. Next time I'll add a splash or two of hot sauce if the chile doesn't do enough.


DancerInDC said...

So true about fish sauce. Wretched at first, but it dissolves into something magical.

I really just love this dish.

Mia said...

I totally laughed out loud when I read the opening paragraph to this post -- You devil, indeed! Gotta love the fish sauce!

ScottE. said...

You know what I mean right!!!???! That stuff is just foul...but tasty good!