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Spicy Ginger Lemongrass Rub

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Recipe by Thy Tran

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  • ginger large and peeled
  • 4 stalks of lemon grass pale half
  • 3 large cloves of moist plump garlic
  • 2-4 red Thai chiles seeded or not
  • fresh turmeric small (or a half teaspoon of powdered turmeric)
  • 3-4 tablespoons shaoxing rice wine or dry sherry
  • 3-4 tablespoons vegetable oil


  1. Combine the aromatic, dry ingredients in the jar of a blender.
  2. Drizzle in 2 tablespoons of the rice wine and oil.
  3. Blend to a smooth paste, adding more liquid and scraping down as needed. Rub evenly onto fish, chicken, beef, pork or pressed tofu.
  4. Cover and let marinate in the refrigerator overnight.
  5. Grill or broil the meat or tofu with high, direct heat, brushing lightly with additional oil.
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