Saturday, July 9, 2016

Pan-Fried Lamb Shoulder Chops With Strawberries

Selamat Hari Raya to our Muslim blog readers!

6 July marks the end of the fasting month for 2016. I will miss the vibrant Ramadhan Bazaars that were aplenty in my neighbourhood. However, the food scene is no less quieter with makeshift lemang stalls popping up along the roadside, Raya cookies and dodol which we received from friends. Lemang is coconut milk glutinous rice cooked in a bamboo stick over an open fire. I'm aiming to get some this weekend.

This blog post is nothing to do with local food, however. I thought it'd be a nice change to have lamb for dinner after a month of feasting on traditional eats. It was paired with small strawberries which I bought for a bargain at a supermarket. 'Tis the belt-tightening season. Funnily, it's not just about the finances. My waistline is waging a war with burgeoning love handles. That said, I wish I'd gotten more of the strawberries; it would have been beautiful in a fruit tart too.

Pan-Fried Lamb Shoulder Chops With Strawberries

Pan-Fried Lamb Shoulder Chops With Strawberries
- 340g Lamb Shoulder Chops (or 3 pcs)
- 150g small fresh strawberries (leaves removed)
- 2 kiwi fruits (cubed)
- 2 shallots (sliced)
- 3 stalks lemongrass (smashed)
- ½ tbsp cumin seeds
- 2 tbsp coarse salt
- 1 tsp ground nutmeg
- 2 tsp sugar or to taste
- A dash of black pepper
- 1 tsp corn flour (mix in 1 tbsp water)
- 1 tbsp cooking oil
- About ¼ cup water

- Some boiled broccoli or vegetable of choice, butter and salt (toss together) .

1) Rub the lamb with coarse salt. Leave aside for about 15 minutes.
2) Boil some broccoli florets in a pot of water. Dunk the boiled broccoli into cool water to stop the cooking process. Immediately toss in butter and a sprinkle of salt. Keep aside.
3) Rinse the salt away from the lamb cuts. Rub on ground nutmeg and cumin seeds.
4) Heat cooking oil in pan. Place the smashed lemongrass into the pan and the lamb cuts on top of it. Pan-fry the meat for a couple of minutes on each side or to a level of doneness of preference. Then, remove the cooked lamb cuts from the pan and leave aside to prepare the sauce.
5) Using the same pan, splash in a tbsp or two of water. Add the onions. Stir-fry it for a bit before adding the kiwi fruit.
6) Cook the kiwi fruit until it looks a little smashed. Add sugar, a little water and a dash of black pepper. Stir to combine.
7) Add the strawberries. Cook until slightly tender.
8) Finally, switch the heat off and stir the corn flour in to thicken the sauce. Add more water if you find the sauce too gooey.
9) Plate the lamb and pour the strawberry-kiwi sauce over. Serve immediately with vegetable of choice.

1) The Ingredients. 2) Pan-fry the spiced lamb pieces.
3) Cook to a level of doneness that is to your liking. 4) Prepare the strawberry sauce.

Taste-wise, the tangy sweet-savoury strawberry-kiwi fruit sauce went very well with the salted spiced lamb.

Pan-Fried Lamb Shoulder Chops With Strawberries

I've never been one to shy away from experimenting with new flavours. This one worked out wonderful for me.

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  1. This looks like something I would love to order in a fine restaurant.

  2. I loves strawberries but not those sour type...

    1. Me too. It's really hard to tell. I keep my fingers crossed and just pick a pack hoping for the best.

  3. Hi Sharon,
    Like this tangy fruity sauce. .. like fine dining :)

  4. I'm curious how it tastes :) Looks amazing!

    1. Thank you. It's hard to describe. Tangy, sweet-salty all in. ;)

  5. Sharon, this plate of food looks so tempting!! I'd be very happy to polish it off!!

    1. Thank you. I wish I'd made more but the sauce is best eaten fresh out of the pan. No keeping!

  6. Hi Sharon,

    Interesting combination to enjoy lamb chops with strawberry fruity sauce.

    I miss those days living near Ramadhan Bazaars at Joo Chiat in Singapore... Those markets are always so fun to visit :)


    1. I agree. Food markets are really interesting!

  7. The meal looks delicious! I am fan of lamb!

    1. Thank you. Lamb is expensive here. So this is a rare treat for us. :D

  8. Never thought of using strawberry and kiwi as sauce for lamv but I am sure it tasted great together. Love your presentation, dear. So beautiful and delicious.

  9. Honestly, I'm not a fan of lamb because of its strong smell. But it's definitely interesting to pair with strawberries. xoxo

  10. nice! Love all the food pictures you posted!


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