Help with Asian inspired barbecue menu
We are having a group of people over for Saturday lunch and as the weather will be nice a barbecue is on the cards. We live in a place where throwing something on the barbecue is the norm and I am bored of it so I thought maybe theming it might make it more appealing to me. We are competent cooks and have had a couple of asian themed dinner parties so I was hoping to do the same for a barbecue. I have a number of interresting salads I can do but does anyone have any tried and tested ideas - maybe drumsticks or fish marinades. Actually anything. There are no dietary restrictions and there will be 8-10 of us. We live on a small island and unbelievably can't get whole fresh fish (which would be my first idea) but can get most things.
One of my recent favorites is Korean Marinade Chicken legs. Even though it has some spice, it's not spicy.
2 heaping T kochu jang paste (I usually buy Assi brand, comes in a rectangular red plastic tub with a snap-on flip lid and the label reads "Hot Pepper Paste")
½ T sugar (brown sugar)
1 T soy sauce
1 T water
Garlic powder/minced fresh garlic
A few drops of sesame oil (optional)
People always love skewers, don't they? Plus you can make them ahead and do a variety of them with fun dipping sauces.
I haven't made this, but want to try it. Definitely a fun thing for guests, with the meat speared on lemon grass! Grilled Beef on Lemon Grass Skewers http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/4656/...
Foolproof grilled chicken- brined, and a lively fish sauce, cilantro and lime vinaigrette served alongside : http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...
or this Viet-grilled chicken, a favorite recipe for several years with shorter prep time: http://blog.washingtonpost.com/mighty...
or grill a whole fresh fish, stuffed with ginger slices, bruised lemongrass and scallions, and serve with nuoc cham. This is my favorite recipe: http://vietworldkitchen.typepad.com/b...
What about yakitori (Japanese skewers) like you get at a Japanese drinking place?
You make your yakitori sauce (mainly soy and mirin, reduced), then you brush that on skewers of chicken to grill. You can also do chicken skin skewers with salt, and one of my favourites, chunks of green onion wrapped in bacon and then grilled.
If you want to go really authentic, you can do chicken hearts, gizzard, liver and cartilidge the same way, but that might be too much for your guests. :-)
If you can get the ingredients below, this grilled chicken has never failed me.
Thai Grilled Chicken with Turmeric Marinade for 1 chicken
Grind garlic, peppercorns, turmeric and lemongrass. Mix with the rest of the ingredients. Marinate the chicken.
1 teaspoon fish sauce
4-5 cloves garlic
1 stalk lemon grass
1 teaspoon peppercorns
1 tablespoon salt
1 2-inch piece fresh Turmeric -can be hard to find, substitute 1/2 Tablespoon of powdered turmeric.