Rich braised beef

Rich braised beef

Olam sin ngua

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South East Asian Food
Serves
4-6

Olam is a famous dish in Lao court cuisine. Nothing quite like it exists in Thai cooking but Olam kai is not unlike the Khmer samlaa. The calf’s or pig’s foot used in this recipe lends a rich glutinous quality to the stew and is a suitable replacement for the Lao dried buffalo skin.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
1kg shin beef
beef tendon from the leg
1 calf’s foot
or 1 pig’s foot, split
2 tablespoons country fish paste water
10-12 fresh young green golf-ball eggplant
6 long red chillies, grilled until brown
1 small packet pork cracklings, cut into 1 cm cubes
1 bunch phak tamlung
or 1 plant young english spinach, cut into 3 cm lengths
1 dill plant, washed and cut into 2 cm lengths
6-8 green spring onions, cleaned and cut into 2 cm lengths
1 good handful asian sweet basil leaves

Method

  1. Put the meat, the tendon and the calf’s foot under the griller or on a charcoal fire and grill on high until they are brown on the outside and their flavour has been brought out. Remove and cut the meat into 2 cm cubes.
  2. Place the tendon in about a litre of water and simmer it for an hour or so until it is soft, then add the other meats and the country fish paste water, the whole eggplants and the whole chillies and continue simmering. When the eggplant and chillies are soft, take them out, skin them and mash them to a paste in a mortar or food processor. Keep the mash aside.
  3. Now add the pork cracklings to the stock. When they start to get soft add the phak tamlung or English spinach, the dill and the green spring onions. Lastly add the mashed eggplant mixture and the basil leaves. Taste and adjust the seasonings, adding salt if desired. Remove from the heat and serve.
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