Friday, June 02, 2006

Chili sauce discovery

I've been on the lookout for a bottle of Thai Sriracha chili sauce, but I've had no luck so far. Lee Kum Kee and Amoy seem to have a duopoly hold on all sauces at the supermarkets. I got addicted to the stuff back in Boston, where it was very easily found in the Chinatown. It has more flavour (probably garlic, I dunno) than the plain old Lee Kum Kee.

But I was quite surprised and pleased to find a small Filipino grocery on my block. Lots of instant noodles and snacks to try. They didn't have Sriracha, but I decided to try a brand of chili sauce called Sambal Asli. Comes in a big glass bottle like ketchup. Trying to control the amount that ends up in your food is rather tricky. But if you don't mind accidentally blowing your head off once in a while, the stuff is great!

Makes an excellent chicken marinade. Mix an equal quantity of chili sauce and ketchup, a dash of soy sauce, and marinate your chicken in it for 15 minutes before stir-frying. I'm going to try grilling next.

On a totally unrelated topic, check out this Fashion Roadkill blog. (Find more entries on the right hand menu.) Hong Kong's streets are populated with some of the most garishly and outlandishly dressed people you've ever seen outside of Japan, and this blogger's got her camera ready to capture them all. Some of it's old hat. (I mean, have you ever seen a middle-aged lady here who wasn't colourblind?). But a few of the pictures had me guffawing.


Lana said...

Kea, I'll see if I can locate some of that Thai chili sauce for you. Do you think it'll pass customs?

Kea said...

Hey Lana,
I know I've seen that Thai sauce in Hong Kong before. Years ago in the KGV school canteen, actually. There's some Thai grocery stores in Kowloon City, it's just a bit far from my place. I might check it out next time I visit my parents since they live closer to it.

By the way, did that goofy dress show up in the mail yet? Does it fit? If not, no loss.

Lana said...

Let me know if you can't find it. Oh, yeah! Sorry, I did get the dress. The weather should be warm enough for me to wear it soon! Thank you!