Chinese chili sauce
hoi sin sauce
a few cherry tomatoes
Throw a handful of peanuts into a blender and roughly pulverize.
Add a generous dollop of each of the five bottled sauces—the proportion is entirely a personal decision.
Roughly chop a couple of garlic cloves and add.
Grate in a generous amount of fresh ginger.
Add lots of fresh coriander. (I keep it bunched up in a sealed plastic bag in the freezer and slice off what I need.)
Blend at high speed. If the mixture doesn’t circulate in the blender, add another cherry tomato or two.
Empty the mixture into a bowl, cover and microwave for a minute. It needn’t be cooked, only heated. For lunch most days I do a quick pressure-cooked vegetable stew or shredded stir fry and add the sauce on top, stirring it in.
For grating, I use the indispensible Microplane. Originally invented as a woodworking took (hence its name), it consists of a series of tiny razor-sharp blades, all (except the third) pointing in the same direction
There are several degrees of coarseness. The finest is perfect for nutmegs, working quickly and without clogging. The next is ideal for fresh ginger; peeling is unnecessary, as most of the skin folds back as you grate and is easily disposed of. The third, a two-way grater, works quickly and well with hard cheeses. And finally, there’s a thin slicer, which requires particular care. In fact, any of them can easily add human flesh to your recipe.
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