Okay, so we know the green(ish) grass of your local park doesn’t compare to the misty mountains and cascading waterfalls of Thailand. Or that the architectural efforts of your local supermarket can begin to rival the Taj Mahal.
We also know that the food from said supermarket doesn’t quite live up to the offerings of sizzling street food and mouth-watering marvels that can be found on any exploration of Asia...yet.
From the fresh, fragrant flavours of Vietnam, to the tongue-tingling tastes of India – and everything in between – pack your bags and get set to #TravelWithLamb as we bring you authentic lamb recipes from Asia, complete with cooking tips and local tricks from our inhouse food expert.
Local Tip: Dress up the dog in homemade elephant attire to help you feel like you’re eating in Asia.
QUICK LAMB CURRY
For all the big flavours of India, in little time, prepare, cook and serve up this creamy, quick lamb curry in a hurry – or just twenty minutes to be precise. Simply grab some store cupboard spices, chuck in some veg and lamb (of course) and you’re all set for an easy, speedy dinner that packs an almighty punch.
Local Tip: Kick off your curry by heating fresh spices in hot oil to unleash their flavour. Choose from cardamom, cinnamon and cumin or the perfect base to your dish. A good curry also doesn’t have to take hours but it’s important to allow ingredients such as onions to cook properly to maximise their flavour.
VIETNAMESE SOUP WITH LAMB STRIPS
Vietnam is a firm favourite of foodies from all corners of the globe. Our Vietnamese Soup with Lamb Strips is no different, with this pho-nomenal recipe overflowing with nutritious ingredients and fresh, delicious flavours. Serve piping hot and bring the sensuous flavours of Hanoi directly to your dining room.
Local Tip: Unbeknown to many, the correct pronunciation is more like fuh in oppose to fo. But at the risk of sounding like a pretentious windbag you can do with that what you please. Instead, focus on the correct cooking by trying to find the perfect white rice flour noodles, which give pho its name – not the broth! Slurping away and making as much mess as possible is also the only way to enjoy.
TERIYAKI LAMB RICE BOWL WITH CHILLI DRESSING
Grab your chopsticks and delve into the height of Japanese dining with this poke-inspired dish: Teriyaki Lamb Rice Bowl with Chilli Dressing. Which, for the uninitiated, is a medley of finely sliced vegetables and sizzling rich sauces topped with strips of tender lamb leg steaks. Yes, it is as delicious as it is beautiful.
Local Tip: To make this dish authentic, cook basmati rice a different way to create sticky rice – a firm favourite in Japan! It’s as simple as adding 1 cup of basmati rice to a bowl and covering with water. Soak for 20 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water. Add 2 cups of water to 1 cup of dry rice to the pan, set over medium-high heat, bring to the boil and reduce heat to a simmer. Cover with a lid and cook for 10-12 minutes. Remove lid and leave to stand for 5 minutes before serving. Meshiagare!
LAMB MINI-MEATBALLS WITH A TASTE OF THAILAND
A deviation from the coconutty curries that are celebrated across Thailand, these spherical bites of goodness are fresh, flavoursome and full of healthy ingredients. Inspired by the sizzling street food of Bangkok, where just about any good food comes on a stick, simply cook up these mini-meatballs, serve, eat and pretend you’re living your best life in the nation’s hedonistic capital. Bucket, anyone?
Local Tip: These bite sized tastes of Bangkok are amazing no matter which way you cook them. BUT to really capture the essence of the city’s sizzling street food, flame grill these bad boys on the BBQ – or grill in the oven – to give you that crisp, golden outside and tangy, tender centre, which is as close to the real thing as you’ll get.
BO BUN STYLE LAMB RECIPE
Back to Vietnam, swap beef (Bo) for lamb and thank us later. Our Bo Bun Style Lamb recipe is fresh, affordable and is guaranteed to make your friends think you have your life in check. Cook and serve in just twenty minutes, making this the perfect recipe for easy, healthy midweek meals. Please note, eating this recipe from the comfort of a tiny stall is completely compulsory.
Local Tip: Bun Bo is a staple of Vietnam’s historic city of Hue, hence the proper name of Bun Bo Hue! It’s also a FACT that locals enjoy this dish with extra helpings of chilli, so ramp up the spice to truly eat (and sweat) like a local.
TRAVEL WITH LAMB
So, there you have it, folks. Our lamb-inspired guide to some of the best authentic lamb recipes from across Asia. But these are just a few of our easy lamb dishes from around the world that have been created by people like you, for people like you to cook at home – what are you waiting for? Join the discussion with #TravelWithLamb!
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