Makan Time in Singapore


Mu Yang Takrai - BBQ pork with lemon grass

As part of my series of recipes for the short short summer in temperate
latitudes, here is yet another Thai barbeque recipe.

This is essentially a hawker food: meat (usually pork) is threaded on
skewers or satay sticks and cooked over a charcoal braziere, and then
served along with a dipping sauce in a small plastic bag.

It makes an easy recipe for a summer afternoon's barbeque.

Alternatively you can make it with pork chops or even with spareribs or
chicken pieces... it even makes a barbeque sauce for hamburgers and hot


1 pound of pork cut into bite sized pieces

for the marinade

10 tablespoons of palm sugar
10 tablespoons of nam pla (fish sauce)
10 tablespoons dark soy sauce
10 tablespoons of takrai (lemon grass), sliced very thinly
5 tablespoons of whiskey
5 tablespoons of hom daeng (shallots), sliced very thinly
5 tablespoons of kratiem (garlic), minced
5 tablespoons of coconut milk
3 tablespoons sesame oil
1 tablespoon prikthai (black pepper), freshly ground


Mix the marinade ingredients, except the coconut milk and in a saucepan
or wok, simmer until reduced to about half the original volume. Allow to
cool, and add the coconut milk, stirring until combined.

Marinade the meat for 1-3 hours in a cool place, then drain well, and
thread onto skewers.

Barbeque the meat until cooked.

Heat the marinade until simmering, stirring for 1-2 minutes (to cook any
blood that has dripped from the marinading meat, and hence sterilize
it), and serve as a dipping sauce for the meat.

Special thanks to - Muoi Khuntilanont.