Saturday, April 27, 2013

Kangaroo Lúc Lắc (serves 1)



When I was traveling in Australia years ago I wanted to try kangaroo meat.  I searched all over Sidney and was disappointed that I did not find any place that served it.  I was at Savenor's on Charles Street in Boston and was delighted to find that they had some kangaroo meat!!  I decided to buy a piece to try. This is my version of a Vietnamese bò lúc lắc (shaking beef) dish.  

Ingredients:

8 oz kangaroo meat, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1 oz baby arugula, washed and dried
1 oz shallot, thinly sliced
1 garlic clove, smashed and chopped
1 scallion, chopped
1 small sweet red pepper, cut in half, seeds removed, thinly sliced
1 small sweet yellow pepper, cut in half, seeds removed, thinly sliced
2 Tbsp unsalted butter
1 tsp olive oil
1/4 tsp fish sauce
pinch of salt
pinch of sugar
pinch of pepper (black or white)
fried red onion, garnish
red pepper, garnish

Method:

1) Heat butter and oil over medium size pan over medium high heat.
2) Add shallot, garlic and scallion.  Sauté for about 2 minutes.
3) Add kangaroo meat and sauté for about 1 1/2 to 2 minutes.
4) Add fish sauce, salt, sugar, and black or white pepper.  Turn off heat.
5) Pour the sautéed meat over the arugula and peppers.  Garnish with red pepper and fried onion.  Drizzle with a squeeze of lime or lemon over the dish right before eating (if desired).

*Kangaroo is a very lean meat.  Do not over cook the meat or it will be very dry.  I don't eat a lot of salty food so I make most of my dishes with less salt.  You can add more salt to your taste. 
*Savenor's has interesting game meat.  You can find iguana, alligator, ostrich, rattlesnake and other creatures!  It's a not a place for animal lovers.  The stores are located at 160 Charles Street, Boston, MA 02114 and at 92 Kirkland Street, Cambridge, MA 02138.  Julia Child frequently shopped at the one in Cambridge when she was alive.

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