Dan Dan chicken is a brilliant meal that always goes down a storm with my family whenever I make it. This recipe has been developed from the traditional Chinese Sichuan recipe for Dan Dan noodles which is normally made with a spicy chilli and pepper sauce that’s filled with preserved vegetables surrounding minced pork and spring onions which is served over noodles. I’m not a big fan of minced pork in noodle or rice dishes though, so I just made mine with chunks of chicken breast instead.
I developed this Lamb Rendang recipe because, in the spirit of spring, I treated the family to a Sunday dinner which consisted of a leg of lamb with the usual roasted vegetables etc, but I didn’t realise just how much meat was actually on it! There was loads of tender meat left over so I thought it’d be nice to use it in a slow cooked curry. One of my favourite ways to cook lamb is in a Lamb Dansac, but I wanted to make something new for a change so I went for a lamb rendang instead.
Last week I made a Chicken Katsu Curry and I had loads of delicious katsu curry sauce left over. I certainly wasn’t going to let it go to waste, so the next night I made this cracking sesame-crusted pork loin with egg-fried rice to go with it. I’ve never tried making egg-fried rice before, but I was really surprised at how quick and easy it was to make. It seems that the trick to making good egg-fried rice is to use cooked, cooled rice, not just-made warm rice, because this helps to keep the rice dry and ensures that it fries properly.
Although I tend to prefer Indian food over Chinese food, I really enjoy katsu curry sauce on occasion. The only problem is that katsu curry sauce tends to traditionally be very heavily weighted with onion and garlic, a big no-no for those who follow the low FODMAP diet. However, there are tricks which can be utilised when it comes to using onion and garlic in low FODMAP cooking, the biggest one being that you can infuse the flavours of onion and garlic into oil without them leaching FODMAPs into the oil itself. So, as long as you remove the onion and garlic from the oil in question it won’t affect your tummy.