Sunday, July 15, 2012

Paul's Gutter Grill Bangkok Chicken Wings

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Nice and spicy Thai grilled chicken wings.  Had to create a grill similar to the street food carts in Thailand (and probably other parts of southern Asia).  I found an old 2 foot section of steel gutter in the rafters of our garage and stopped by Home Depot to grab a sheet of expanded metal grating. Total investment $6 and an hour of time.  When making the fire I use lump charcoal augmented by a little mesquite wood chunks.  Mangrove charcoal would be more authentic but impossible to find in Wisconsin.  The gutter grill allows the coal to smolder slowly.  Figure about 30 minutes for wings to cook.  I always use an instant read thermometer to verify the meat temperature in each wing is at or slightly above 165F.

Prep time about 15 minutes before grilling.  At all the street food carts in Bangkok the "chefs" give a small plastic bag of sauce the it THE spicy flavor of Thailand.  The sauce is called Jaew. I brushed the wings on both sides with Jaew about 15 minutes prior to grilling and then while grilling again brushed several times after each wing flip.  Reserve some of the Jaew without raw chicken contamination for drizzle or dip the wings into while eating.  Nice and salty spicy HOT.

Jaew Sauce:

1/2 cup chopped fine Scallions
1/2 cup Cilantro chopped fine
1 tsp Ginger Powder
2/3 cup Fish Sauce (the real Thai stuff)
2 Limes - juiced with a good squeezer (at least 1/4 cup)
4 tsp dark brown sugar
2 Tablespoons Thai Red Chili Powder (course ground Thai Red Chili)

Mix all together to use as marinade and dipping sauce.

1 comment:

  1. I'm not commenting on my own post since Paul wrote this one. Really, I bet we are the only people who have pieces of gutter in our garage rafters! Yikes!