There is no getting away from it, Winter has HIT. We’ve been lulled into the belief that it was nearly Spring and then BAM it’s cold. Many of you will be reaching for your Stews and your Soups to keep you warm tonight but why not try this extra spicy sauce inspired by my favourite dish at Wagamama’s – Yasai Chilli Men.
Chilli Men Sauce
serves 2 generously
1 tbsp vegetable oil
2 stalks of lemongrass – chopped
thumb size piece of fresh ginger – grated
1 red chilli – chopped
1 onion – chopped
2 cloves of garlic – sliced
pinch of salt & sugar
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 red pepper – chopped
1 tbsp chinese chilli sauce
1 tbsp tomato ketchup
400g tinned tomatoes
Heat the oil in a large pan and add the lemongrass, ginger, chilli, onion, garlic, salt, sugar & soy sauce and gently fry for about 10 minutes.
Add the chopped pepper and cook for a further 10 minutes.
Add the chinese chilli sauce, ketchup and tinned tomatoes, bring to the boil and then simmer for 10 minutes.
Then it needs to be blended to a smooth sauce, I used a handheld blender but I made a lot of mess!
Once blended your sauce is ready.
I added mine to a stir fry of tofu, mushroom, red peppers, courgette, baby sweetcorn & sugar snap peas with rice noodles. But you could add to whatever you fancy, chicken, fish, prawns – just add the sauce in the final 5 minutes of stir frying.
My advice with Tofu is to leave it well alone, I love the taste but boy did it cause me hassles when I tried cooking it myself. I even have the burn marks on my arms to prove it! I initially fried it in the wok, but it got stuck and then disintegrated which made it look like scrambled egg. So with half a block of Tofu wasted I then fried the other half in a non-stick frying pan and added it to the stir fry just before adding the sauce.
The sauce has quite a kick but not quite as much as the sauce in the restaurants. I had tried to recreate Yasai Chilli Men at home before using their jarred sauces but something was lacking, this tasted much closer to it.
Have you tried to recreate a favourite dish from a restaurant? Were you successful?