Lamb Hoisin Pancakes

I love this dish, and sometimes I make it with duck, But this time I had to feed a crowd, Its great for entertaining , as all the hard work is done at the table. Let your guests serve themselves and add what they like.

I  admit I don’t like  cucumbers ( weird I know ), but I understand that lots of people do and this dish  needs the cucumbers for their crispy crunchy bite !( I just leave them out )

The sauce is very important here, its  very versatile and goes with lots of meats, such as chicken and pork and even great on prawns. I also used this sauce on  my vegetable rice paper rolls, and crumbed chicken breasts.I use Chinese Black vinegar , as its  has a certain depth to it, use regular white vinegar  if you cant  get your hands on some black vinegar available at Chinese grocer stores.

The Peking Duck pancakes are also from the Chinese grocer, and usually I buy a few packets , they vary in packet sizes as they are usually made by the owner. I go to my Local Chinese Grocer, and  ask for them, as they are “out the back ” in a freezer.  You can make them but they are time consuming and  easier to buy. I freeze them so they are also on hand for a quick meal.  I use this base of pancakes, shallot, cucumber and cut up chicken schnitzel for an easy weeknight meal.

Preparation time – 20 minutes

Cooking time 3-3 ½  hours

Serves 8-10 as an entree dish

1 Tbsp olive oil

2 cloves crushed garlic

1 tsp cinnamon powder

2 kg Lamb leg roast OR  lamb Shoulder

1 star anise

¼ cup Hoisin sauce

2 Tbsp white vinegar OR  black Chinese vinegar

1 tsp sesame oil

1 lebansese cucumber, cut into strips

4 green shallots ( scallions) cut into 5 cm lengths

24  frozen Chinese Peking duck pancakes, thawed

1 Preheat oven to 160c Or 140c fan forced . In a small bowl combine olive oil, garlic and cinnamon powder and star anise. Place lamb leg  into a deep oven dish.

2 Spoon cinnamon paste over lamb to cover. Add star anise to roasting dish.

3 Pour 2 cups water down the side of the baking dish, cover with foil and roast for 1 ½ -2 hours. Remove foil, and top up with water if necessary. Roast for another 1- 1½ hours, till golden and meat is falling away from the bone.

4 With two forks shred the meat in the baking dish off the bone into the lamb juices.

5 Combine hoisin with vinegar and sesame oil. Place pancakes on a heatproof plate in a steamer basket over boiling water for 1-2 minutes till softened.Place lamb on a platter with cucumber, shallots and folded pancakes. Serve with hoisin sauce and let your guests serve them selves .

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BBQ Split Prawns with Sweet Chilli Sauce

WE love prawns in our house and these ones are always great when entertaining .

Try and buy the large ones, as you wont have to clip and trim too many if they are big. Trust me I bought the small ones once and I was trimming and clipping the legs for hours !

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Start with some really fresh prawns . You will need a sharp pair of scissors to trim the legs and a small sharp knife to chop the head off .

With a small sharp knife split the prawns down the middle leaving the shell intact, and not cutting all the way through.

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Flatten out with the back of a knife .


Set aside while you make the sweet chilli sauce.

Add equal parts caster sugar with white vinegar and about  5 cleaned coriander roots. Place in a small saucepan, with 1 chilli , chopped  and add a splash of water. cook over medium heat for about 5-7 minutes till slightly thickened and starting to become syrupy. Allow  to cool completely and strain. Should taste sweet with a hint of vinegar, add fish sauce and  squeeze in  the juice of 1 lime to serve.


BBQ split prawns

Serves 6

Prep time 20 mins

Cooking time- 10 mins

1 kg green prawns

1/3 cup sugar

1/3 cup white vinegar

5 coriander roots, cleaned and bruised, extra leaves to serve

1 red or green chilli, finely chopped

1 tsp fish sauce

¼ cup lime juice

1 Remove heads from prawns with a small knife. Trim legs with kitchen scissors. With a small sharp knife split in half lengthways not quite all the way through. Lay prawn on a flat surface shell side up. Using the palm of your hand, or the flat blade of a large knife , press prawn  flat.

2 Preheat BBQ flat plate to high and cook, flesh side down for 2 minutes, turn and cook for 1 minute. Remove onto a platter and drizzle with sauce.

3 To make sauce- cook sugar and vinegar in a small saucepan for 5-7 minutes till syrupy, add chillies and cook for 3 minutes more. Remove from heat and add fish sauce and lime juice. Drizzle over prawns. Serve with extra limes and coriander .