Today we made a North African Sausage called Meerquez Sausage packed in Oil. We use lamb instead of pork, it's a Muslim religious thing. I also made Bang Bang ji si. It's a poached chicken breast that's shredded and covered with a emulsion of sesame seed paste, soy sauce, black vinegar, sesame oil, sichuan peppers and chili oil. I added some chili sauce to kick it up a notch. OMG, an Emeril reference. It's served at room temp and garnished with scallions. Also on the menu were Mongolian Beef, Som thum which is a unripened papaya salad, and just to make it interesting, deep fried Chicken. This was suppose to be about cooking oils and fats in Asia and Africa. I'm not sure where the fried chicken comes into play here. Our very nice Armenian lady made the chicken. It looked great. Unfortunately it was under cooked. All except for one thigh.
Chef Romero was really happy with our plates and dishes. We got done on time, everything tasted really good and we even had a few minutes to eat and enjoy our food.
Except for the chicken.
Som Thum Salad