Xinjiang-style lamb skewers

AT A GLANCE

  • Serves 4 - 6 people

"Growing up in Australia, I've developed a love for lamb and barbecues, but in the Chinese repertoire there aren't too many lamb dishes," says Liong. "This one is great as a snack or for your next barbecue."

  • 5 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
  • 75 ml Shaoxing wine
  • 35 ml liquid seasoning, such as Knorr (see note)
  • 200 gm fermented tofu (see note)
  • 150 gm sweet bean paste (see note)
  • 1½ tsp (7gm) bicarbonate of soda
  • 500 gm piece of lamb shoulder, sliced across the grain
  • 20 bamboo skewers, soaked in water for at least 1 hour
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  • Spice seasoning
  • 1¾ tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp Sichuan peppercorns
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • ¾ tsp sumac
  • ¾ tsp shichimi togarashi (see note)
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  • Vinegar seasoning
  • 50 ml Chinkiang vinegar
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
01   Blend garlic, Shaoxing and liquid seasoning in a blender. Add fermented tofu and sweet bean paste, blend until smooth, then add bicarbonate of soda. Place lamb in a non-reactive bowl, pour in marinade, mix to coat, then refrigerate for at least 1 hour to marinate. Brush excess marinade from lamb, then thread lamb onto skewers and refrigerate.
02   For spice seasoning, coarsely grind cumin, Sichuan peppercorns and fennel seeds in a spice grinder or with a mortar and pestle. Add 1 tsp sea salt and pulse lightly or crush, then add sumac and shichimi togarashi. Store in an airtight container.
03   For vinegar seasoning, combine ingredients in a spray bottle.
04   Grill lamb skewers on a barbecue or char-grill pan over medium-high heat, turning and spraying occasionally with vinegar seasoning, until charred and just cooked (2-3 minutes each side), sprinkling with dry spice mix in the last minute of cooking. Serve scattered with extra spice seasoning.

Note Knorr liquid seasoning, fermented tofu, sweet bean paste, also known as tian mian jiang (Victor Liong prefers to use Fu Chi brand), and shichimi togarashi, a spice blend, are available from Asian supermarkets and Chinese grocers.

Topics:

DRINK SUGGESTION, CUMIN, CHEFS' RECIPES, SUMAC, CHINESE, LAMB, APPETISER, WINTER, TOFU, GARLIC

Recipe:

VICTOR LIONG, LEE HO FOOK, MELBOURNE

Photography:

SHARYN CAIRNS

Styling:

LISA FEATHERBY

Drinking Suggestion:

A SPARKLING SHIRAZ, SUCH AS THE NV “THE BLACK CHOOK” SPARKLING SHIRAZ FROM MCLAREN VALE. , suggested by MASA NISHIMOTO

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Aug 2015

Aug 2015

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