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Chinese Black Bean and Brandy Lamb Kebabs

The brandy flavor really comes through in this marinade, making it perfect for assertively flavored meats, like lamb.


slideshow  Great Chinese Recipes


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  • Servings: 4 to 6

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  • 4 garlic cloves, smashed and peeled

  • 2 tablespoons basil leaves

  • 2 tablespoons cilantro leaves

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh ginger

  • 1/2 small shallot, coarsely chopped

  • 1/2 scallion, coarsely chopped

  • 1/4 cup Chinese black bean sauce

  • 2 tablespoons brandy

  • 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce

  • 3/4 teaspoon sambal oelek

  • 1/2 tablespoon Asian fish sauce

  • 2 pounds trimmed lamb shoulder, cut into 1-inch pieces


  1. In a mini food processor, combine the garlic, basil, cilantro, ginger, shallot and scallion and pulse until finely chopped. Add the black bean sauce, brandy, hoisin, sambal oelek and fish sauce and pulse to blend.
  2. In a bowl, toss the lamb with the marinade until completely coated. Thread the lamb onto skewers, leaving a little space between each piece of meat. Let stand at room temperature for at least 30 minutes or refrigerate for up to 24 hours.
  3. Light a grill. Grill the kebabs over moderately high heat, turning occasionally, until the meat is lightly charred outside and just cooked through, 8 to 10 minutes.

Make Ahead

The marinade can be refrigerated for up to 3 days.


Variation The marinade is also delicious with salmon.

Serve With

Steamed rice.

Suggested Pairing

Juicy, peppery California Zinfandel.

Contributed By Published July 2011

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