Grilled lemongrass-ginger quails

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Grilled lemongrass-ginger quails

(Adapted from The Spices of Life)

Serve 6 as main dish or 10-12 as appetizer

6 quails
1 stalk lemongrass
1 thumb-sized ginger
10 garlic cloves
4 tbs brown sugar
4 tbs fish sauce
4 tbs olive oil

  1. In a deep bowl, combine all ingredients except quails.
  2. Use a hand blender to process until mixture forms a smooth paste.
  3. Use a scissor to split quails in half.
  4. Place quails on a baking tray.
  5. Marinate quails with lemongrass-ginger paste.
  6. Cover and set aside for 2 hours.
  7. Preheat oven to 400 F.
  8. Bake for 15 minutes.
  9. Broil for another 5 minutes.
  10. Serve hot with corn side dish (receipt below).

Corn side dish

1 package of frozen corn
2 tbs canola oil
2 tbs rice vinegar
4 tbs soy sauce
2 tbs mirin
2 tbs sugar
Coriander (finely chopped)

  1. In a saucepan, stir-fry corn with oil for 5-10 minutes.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the rest of the ingredients.
  3. Pour mixture over cooked corn.
  4. Serve warm.