Menu for Hope, Food Bloggers for Tsunami Relief, February 2, 2005 — I really
have no way to imagine what kind of devastation the tsunami has
wrought. It seems impossible to have any real perspective on this
event. That said, we would like to do something, however small, from our end of the
blog world. Thanks to Pim of Chez Pim for
putting together this Menu for Hope - a tsunami relief tasting menu.
This recipe was adapted by me from
Sour Salty Sweet: A Culinary Journey Through Southeast Asia by
Jeffrey Alford. This is an absolutely beautiful book. There's
nothing wrong with the original recipe other than that I typically
want to make these last minute and I don't have grated coconut on
hand (fresh or frozen). But I do have coconut milk typically.
Mix 1 large egg. 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2
teaspoon sugar, and 1/4 cup of coconut milk together in a bowl. Once the
mixture is integrated mix it well with 5 cups of freshly cooked or
leftover jasmine rice. You don't want too much gloppiness as these balls
need to stick together in the deep fryer. hold back some liquid or add
more rice to get a good consistency. (If you have grated coconut use
that instead of coconut milk and you can use only 4 cups of rice.) Let
the entire mixture sit in the fridge for 30 minutes.
While the rice mixture gets more suitable
for making into balls, make the sauce. Everyone has their own
particular preference when it comes to the following type of classic
Thai dipping sauce. I list the ingredients here and let you decide
what quantities to use. Mix together: thai fish sauce, sugar, lime juice, minced scallions, minced cilantro,
and minced chilis.
When the rice has been in the fridge long
enough, heat enough peanut oil in a deep pot to cover the balls you'll
form by at least a half inch. In the meantime, form the rice into 1 inch
balls. When the oil is hot, gently drop the rice balls into the oil.
Cook them for 1-2 minutes. They will start to turn brown. Remove them
with onto paper towels and serve immediately with the sauce.
I know that there is just good wishes and
positive sentiment behind this recipe and the others that make up
the menu. But hopefully that can help spark some additional giving.
Please do what you can and click on the links to other dishes above
and especially the Unicef button. Thanks.