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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Singapore Chilli Lobster Tails

Noel knows that when it comes to meat or seafood I can never, ever, walk past a bargain.  Tonight was no different.  Lobster tails reduced by 50% that had to be eaten asap.  Shame really to have an excuse to cook and eat something that we both really enjoy.

The simplest way to cook lobster tails is to fry them in garlic butter, which has an amazing flavour but I just didn't fancy that at all.  In fact, I was really wanting spice and heat.  Instantly the mind wanders... mmmm chilli!

Singapore chilli sauce has hot, sour, sweet and salty flavours that many dishes of Southeast Asia are known for, not to mention the powerful kicks of garlic and ginger.  It's all about the balance of the flavours.  While there are many recipes for Singapore Chilli sauce I found this one to be easy to make with minimal fuss while still having a wonderful array of ingredients.  You could also add lime juice for the extra level of flavour - I didn't with this dish as I wanted the delicate flavours of the lobster to remain a highlight.

Another interesting characteristic about this sauce is that it is quite thick.  I love this!  I love the way that it clings to the food and isn't watery. It envelopes everything in the wok and becomes part of the meal not just a sauce on the side or sitting at the bottom.

With the fact that any left over sauce will keep for about a week in the fridge you can get a second chance to have it again just to make sure you really did enjoy it... LOL!

Needless to say someone aka Noel was very happy with his dinner..........

Singapore Chilli Lobster Tails
(Recipe adapted from Good Chef Bad Chef)

Serves: 2 as a main
Smart Points per Serve: 8

Serves: 4 as an entree
Smart Points per Serve: 4

5 - 6 small lobster tails
1/2 red onion, finely diced
3 garlic cloves, grated
2 small red chillies, thinly sliced, extra for garnish
2 teaspoons grated ginger
1/2 cup tomato ketchup
1 1/2 tablespoon kecap manis
1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
2 teaspoons fish sauce
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
1/2 cup roughly chopped coriander leaves, plus extra for garnish
1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon corn flour
2 teaspoons oil
1 spring onion, finely sliced

Rinse and pat dry the lobster tails.  Cut in half length ways.

In a medium bowl or jug mix together the onion, garlic, chilli, ginger, ketchup, kecap manis, soy sauce, hoisin sauce, fish sauce, rice wine vinegar and coriander.  Mix well.  

Combine water and cornflour in a small bowl or jug.  Stir into sauce, mixing well.

Heat oil in a wok over high heat.

Add the lobster tails, and toss until they start to change colour.  Continue to cook, tossing, for 4 - 5 minutes.

Add sauce mixture and stir toss tails through the sauce.  Cook until sauce starts to bubble and thicken.  (If too thick add a little more water and bring back to the boil).

Remove from heat and serve garnished with spring onion, coriander and chilli slices.


Carole said...

Hope you bring this over to Food on friday: march which is just getting started. Cheers from carole's chatter

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Unknown said...

The family loved this. I did leave out the cornflour and had this with crusty bread. Yum