Gift Baskets Montreal – Com Suon to the Core

Sweet, garlicky, salty… How could you say no to this Vietnamese Grilled Chicken??

If you’re familiar with this dish, above photo may induce a strong Pavlovian response.

Com Suon is a Vietnamese classic for a reason. It strikes a perfect harmony of flavours. Make it at home with this super easy, super fast recipe!! Best served with short grained sticky rice, Vietnamese salad and the staple Nuoc Cham dipping sauce (I could totally drink this stuff).

 

CHICKEN

- 8 cloves minced garlic

- 4tbsp fish sauce (preferably 3 crabs brand)

- 4tbsp brown sugar

- juice from 1 1/2 super fat juicy limes (or 2 smaller limes)

- 2tbsp sesame oil

- 1 1/2tsp crushed chili flakes

Combine above ingredients to make the marinade.

Clean two large chicken breasts. Score the chicken with a knife to help the marinade sink in. Let the chicken marinate for 10-15 minutes (this is a very powerful marinade). BBQ or grill chicken until cooked, flipping once.

 

NUOC CHAM

- 4tbsp fresh lime juice

- 1 1/2tbsp rice vinegar

- 3tbsp brown sugar

- 1/2 cup water

- 2tbsp fish sauce (preferably 3 crabs brand)

Mix together and adjust to taste. Depending on the dish, you could also add some garlic or chilies to this sauce. The flavours in the chicken are already strong, so we want a more mellow sauce and will not be adding the garlic or chilies.

Use this sauce on your chicken, salad, rice and anything else you want to make over the top delicious.

 

VIETNAMESE SALAD

- Normal lettuce (Romaine, Iceberg, Boston – whatever you have on hand will do)

- Ngo Gai (also known as Culantro)

- Rau Tia To (also known as Shiso / Perilla)

- Bean sprouts

Mix roughly equal parts of these veggies together to make a super fresh, aromatic salad.

 

 

Any suggestions/tricks for improving the recipe? I’d love to hear them!!

 

 

 

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