How To Cook Frog Hot Pot With Spicy And Sour Sliced Bamboo Shoots

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A traditional dish, this bamboo cooking technique was created lớn preserve the ethnic minority of cooking in Dalat. 


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2 frogs, quartered (see note)1 handful Vietnamese mint, kept on the stem1 pole fresh bamboo, about 40 cm long20 cm piece banana leaf or baking paper

Paste

3 bird"s eye chillies, sliced4 cm piece ginger, sliced5 cloves garlic, sliced3 stalks lemongrass (white part only), sliced1 handful round mint leaves, sliced1 handful coriander sprigs, sliced1 handful saw-tooth coriander leaves, sliced2 tsp sea salt

To serve

steamed sticky ricesoy sauce with fresh chilli, for dipping

Oven temperatures are for conventional; if using fan-forced (convection), reduce the temperature by 20˚C. | We use Australian tablespoons và cups: 1 teaspoon equals 5 ml; 1 tablespoon equals đôi mươi ml; 1 cup equals 250 ml. | All herbs are fresh (unless specified) and cups are lightly packed. | All vegetables are medium kích cỡ and peeled, unless specified. | All eggs are 55-60 g, unless specified.

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Preheat a charcoal barbecue lớn high heat. 

1. For the paste, place all the ingredients into a mortar & pestle và pound until a course paste forms. Transfer the paste to lớn a bowl, add the frog pieces & stir khổng lồ coat well.

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2. Take a piece of frog và wrap it with a stalk of Vietnamese mint, then place it into the bamboo pole. Repeat with the remaining pieces of frog. Enclose the mở cửa end of the bamboo with the banana leaf. Char-grill the bamboo at a 45-degree angle for 30 minutes, rotating the bamboo every 10 minutes. 

Once cooked, rest the bamboo vertically on your bench và remove the banana leaf from the top. 

3. Place a heavy cleaver on the middle top part of the bamboo, then use some force to lớn cut through the bamboo slightly leaving the cleaver lodged in the bamboo. Now carefully rest the bamboo horizontally on the bench, then twist the cleaver in an upwards direction breaking the bamboo in half, revealing the cooked frog. 

Garnish with remaining Vietnamese mint & serve with steamed sticky rice & soy chilli dipping sauce.

 

Note:

Whole, fresh frogs are not available for sale in Australia. You can find frozen frog legs in select Asian grocers. 

 

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