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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Ram-a-lamb-a-ding-dong

One of the things I love best is cumin, either in whole seed or roasted ground form. It's wholesome yet exotic fragrance can make a bowl of plain white rice seem decadent. After discovering that I could recreate the amazing hot and sour potatoes, I decided I could try another of Sha Lin's great dishes, cumin lamb.

It wasn't hard like the potatoes, it was easy and straightforward, producing spectacular results:

Cumin Lamb
1/2 lb of lamb, thinly sliced
2 1/2 tbsp roasted ground cumin
1 tbsp Chinese (Shaoxing) cooking wine
1 tbsp dark soy sauce
2 tbsp light soy sauce
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 clove of garlic, run through a press
red pepper flakes to taste

Mix this marinade together and place the lamb in the mixture, stirring until all the lamb is covered. Let sit in the fridge for 30 minutes.


3 tbsp vegetable oil
3-4 dried red chilies
1/2 medium onion, thinly sliced
3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
cilantro to taste

Once the lamb has marinated, heat a wok or stir fry pan on high heat and add the chilies, garlic and oil. Stir for a few moments, then add the lamb, into which you have stirred the onion at the last minute so it too is covered in the sauce. Cook on high heat until cooked through, then remove from heat and add cilantro on top. Serve over rice.


It was pouring rain in Vancouver (as usual) when I wrote this, and it seemed to have an extra big attitude about it (I'm raaaaiiinnnnnnggg, fuckers! And you thought you could have a nice walk! Fuck you!). Coming home from errands to cook this, it warmed me up and wiped the scowl off my face. Works great as leftovers too.

One of the problems with living alone, although I love it, is that you can carry on whole conversations with yourself and make all kinds of anti-social noises while you're eating and not even realize it. Of course I did this while eating the lamb and didn't realize it until I had eaten it all, and therefore didn't have any reason to make more noise. It was the silence that startled me. That's fucking nuts. But that shouldn't stop you. Eat hearty.

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