Just the other day, one of our friends had planned a BBQ. I was so happy, because that meant lots of preparation for it; shopping at the Wanchai markets (not exactly the place for a person with strong senses), buying the vegetables and meats, and finally marinating them.

Marinating is such a simple art, which most fail to do accurately. I have tasted marinated meats with no or little salt, lack of spices and basically lack of flavor.

Here are a couple of my favorite marinates.

I      You may need;

1 pound Lamb or chicken

2 tbsp of Crushed or ground – cinnamon, bay leaf, black peppercons, green             cardammom and dry red chilli.

You may substitute the dry red chilli, by using red chilli powder.

juice of 1 lemon

Salt to taste.

Let it stand overnight.

II    You may need:

1 pound Pork

crushed 1 inch piece of ginger and and 8 pods of  garlic

3 tbsp soya sauce

1 tsp brown sugar

1 tsp fish sauce (optional but then it tastes amazing with it)

2 tbsp of lemon juice

2 tbsp chopped onion

1/2 tsp ground cumin

1/2 tsp ground corriander

Mix well and marinate overnight.

The next day skew the meats on and brush oil on it as you marinate it.

Tip: If you are using wooden skewers remember to soak them in water.


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