Sweet and Sour Bangkok-Style Quail With Red Chiles

Serves 12 as an appetizer

Ingredients
12 boneless whole quail
2 tsp. salt
1 tbs. turmeric
2 tsp. cinnamon
3 tbs. peanut oil
10 dried whole California or Mexican chiles or arbols (or other long, red, thin chiles)
5 fresh red Thai chiles or 1 scotch bonnet/habanero chili
4 stalks lemongrass, cleaned, trimmed and minced
6 minced shallots
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup ketchup
2/3 cup white vinegar
5 tbs. sugar
1 tbs. salt
1 cup diced carrots, blanched and cooled
1 cup cooked peas (frozen are fine)
40 fresh mint leaves

Directions

Toss the quail with the salt, turmeric and cinnamon. Set aside.
Cut off and discard the chile stems, shake out the seeds.
Place the dried chiles into a cup of boiling water and let them sit for 10 minutes.
Drain and puree them with the fresh chiles, the shallot, garlic and lemongrass in a food processor. Set aside.
Heat the peanut oil in a very large pan or wok over high heat. Brown the quail and set aside.
Add the chile mixture to the pan and cook for 4 minutes until fragrant and mahogany colored. Add the quail back into the pan and cook, tossing until it is all cooked thoroughly.
Stir in the ketchup and vinegar, the salt and the sugar.
Cook for several minutes after the mixture boils, to heat through and consolidate the flavors; add the vegetables and mint.
Toss and serve immediately with small side bowls of steamed Thai sticky rice at room temperature.

You Might Also Like

NYC: Will Work for Food

Andrew comes back to the Big ...

No Cooking Required

Andrew looks back on some of the ...

Halloween Special

Adventurous eater Andrew Zimmern ...

Mexico City: Corn Smut & Ant Eggs

Andrew Zimmern travels to Mexico ...

Ireland

More Travel Inspirations

HGTV Urban Oasis
HGTV Urban Oasis 2014

Enter daily for a chance to win a grand prize worth over $1.5M, located in Atlanta.

Food.com App
Sign Up for the Thanksgiving Newsletter

Get the essential Food Network email featuring time saving tips, recipes and how-to videos.

Food Network Back to School
Food Network's Back to School Recipes

Win over the kids with these easy, time-saving dinners the family will love.

 

See Also

Bizarre Foods: Lisbon Pictures

Andrew Zimmern traveled to Lisbon, Portugal, ...

Bizarre Foods: Corn Smut & Ant Eggs Pictures

Andrew Zimmern travels to Mexico City to ...

Florida Keys: Horse Conch & Hogfish Pictures

Andrew Zimmern travels to paradise in the ...