Nok Kho Hum Sai Kalampi (Braised Quail w/ Cabbage)
1 fresh quail, plucked, gutted, washed and sprinkled with salt and ground black pepper
5 straight-bulbed spring onions, crushed and stuffed into the bird (tie the bird's feet and wings to its body using wire)
butter, the size of a hen's egg
1 cabbage, cut into quarters
ground black pepper
chopped coriander leaves
pig's bone broth
From: TRADITIONAL RECIPES OF LAOS by Phia Sing, ISBN 0 907325 60 2
Put the butter in a cast-iron pot and put the pot on the fire. When the butter is
hot, put in the bird. Turn it from side to side until it is nicely golden all
over. Then add enough pig's-bone broth or other clear soup to cover the bird.
Put in the quarters of cabbage, cover the pot and leave it until the broth has
largely evaporated and the bird and cabbage are well cooked. The liquid remaining
should be just enough to keep the bird from drying out
Take the bird out of the pot and divide it into the breast and leg parts. Dress
these on the centre of a platter and arrange the quarters of cabbage around them.
Use the liquid left over in the pot as sauce, and garnish the dish with ground
black pepper and chopped coriander. Serve it with Jaew Sam.
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