Sponsored by Doodles Creek
“Why are all those people lining up outside that shop Mum?” Skater asked me a few years ago. Each time we passed the tiny shop front on Illawarra Road in Marrickville there were no fewer than 18 people queued at any time of the day.
At the time, I had no idea why they were lined up, but as each person left the shop, they had a white paper bag and a big smile. I had not yet been introduced to the Vietnamese Banh Mi Roll so I figured it was time. I took my turn in the line and when I finally reached the front I stepped up peered into the doorway. There was barely space to stand inside the tiny shop front yet there were three women behind the counter tongs at the ready to take my order. The glass counters were filled with exotic looking pork slices, soy cooked chicken, mountains of salad, pates, stacks of crispy looking bread rolls and a container of chilli flecked dressing. There was barely time to think as the tongs snapped and I was asked what I wanted. With time in the line you are expected to be ready.
All was revealed in that first bite. An incredibly healthy, stingingly chilli hot roll filled with chicken or pork and big enough to feed two. I have since stood in a lot of these lines around Sydney, waiting for my hit.
I was asked to write a recipe with the new Doodles Creek Sriracha Mayonnaise this week. The first thing that came to my head when I tasted it was a Banh Mi Roll. I think it’s because the chilli in it has that zing of fresh chilli but without numbing the lips. One of the components of a Banh Mi roll is mayonnaise and of course chilli, so I came up with this Banh Mi salad bowl using the Doodles Creek Sriracha mayonnaise. It has everything I love in the roll version including the crunchy bread roll. They are just broken into croutons and the creaminess of the mayonnaise is heavenly.
Before I give you the key to this most amazing salad bowl I want to just tell you something about Doodles Creek Mayonnaises. They make small batch whole egg mayonnaise. The cutely named Doodles Creek is made in New South Wales and it is the brain child of Sarah Ross who was not happy with commercial mayonnaises and in 2002 decided to make her own natural sauces. Over the years bearnaise, seafood sauce, salsa verde and now Sriracha Chilli flavour and Black garlic are part of the family. There have since been others entering the market, but none in my opinion are quite as good as hers. This is what I did with my jars, I am sure you could think of lots more ways to use yours. I am going to include a bonus recipe at the end of this post using the black garlic mayonnaise.
- Oven temperature 180 C/ 350 F
- 500 gm (1 lb )chicken thigh fillet
- 1 cup (250 ml) of chicken stock
- 1 large clove of garlic
- 1 Tablespoon grated ginger
- 1 tablespoon standard soy sauce
- 6 Tablespoons (120 ml) chicken poaching stock- saved from above
- 1 Tablespoon soy sauce (20 ml)
- 1 tablespoon fish sauce (20 ml)
- 1 teaspoon sugar (5 gm)
- 1 Tablespoon lemon juice (20 ml)
- Chopped chilli ( to taste or about 1 teaspoon)- optional
- 1 x large carrot julienne or coarsely grated
- ½ an iceberg lettuce ( or 4 cups) sliced finely
- 3 x stalks of scallion or green onion, green bit only washed and cut into green bean lengths
- 2 Lebanese or 1 telegraph cucumber cut into green bean lengths or enough for 4-6 pieces each
- 1 bunch of coriander washed and picked into 5 cm or 2 inch lengths
- 1 x light white roll. (This is the type of roll you can get from a Vietnamese bakery and sometimes in the supermarket. It is very light and crispy)
- 1 x jar Doodles Creek Sriracha mayonnaise
- Put the chicken into a wide bottomed pot and cover with the stock, garlic,ginger, soy and a small pinch of salt . Put the lid on and bring slowly to a simmer slowly with out letting it boil furiously (10 minutes). Leave with the lid on and let it stand till you prepare the salad.
- Break up the bread roll with your hands into small chunks for croutons and roast in the oven till golden and crispy. Approximately 5-8 minutes, cool.
- Cut all of the salad ingredients and set aside ready in piles. Grated carrot, cucumber fingers- cut the cucumbers into the lengths you want and then divide into half then quarters. Cut the shallots in to lengths ( I don't use the whites), slice the lettuce and pick the coriander.
- Now take out a piece of chicken and slice it making sure it is cooked through and has no pink bits left. ( If it has you must put it back on and simmer to done).
- Take the chicken out of the pot and slice all of it setting aside with your salad ingredients.
- Make the dressing with the 6 tablespoons of chicken poaching liquid, lemon, soy, fish sauce and sugar, adding chilli only if you want extra kick.
- Now make up your bowls by putting down the lettuce, then to one side add grated carrot, cucumber and shallots and put the sliced chicken on the other side. Sprinkle liberally with dressing and croutons and coriander last.
- Serve with large dollops of Doodles Creek Sriracha Mayonnaise
“Black garlic is whole-bulb garlic that has been specially prepared and carefully fermented under closely monitored conditions. Perfectly balanced temperature and humidity are needed, followed by a set drying period for the garlic to develop the fantastic flavour and colour that gives Black Garlic its name.”
Here’s a bonus recipe idea for using your Black Garlic Mayonnaise, just in case you have any left over in the jar……..
Delicious cheese covered black garlic filled appetisers or a bite sized canapé or entrée. They can be made ahead or eaten straight away. I simply put mine in the fridge fully cooked and reheated them lightly when I needed them. The Black garlic mayonnaise tastes even better the next day too.
- You'll need a frypan, oven tray and the oven preheated to 180 C/ 350 F
- 6 mushroom cups ( Field or Portabello Mushrooms)
- 275/ 300 gm (9- 10 oz) ham off the bone ( approximately)
- 3- 4 tablespoon of butter or olive oil
- Salt and pepper
- 1 finely chopped onion ( 1 cup)
- ¼ cup approximately of Doodles Black garlic mayonnaise
- 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
- ¼ cup- (1/2 small bunch ) chopped parsley
- 6 slices cheddar cheese and
- 6 slices of havarti or provolone cheese
- Smoked paprika for sprinkling on top ( don't skip this!)
- First peel the outer skin from the mushrooms and remove the stalk. Finely chop these and set them aside.
- Put the mushrooms onto the lined oven tray and drizzle with 2 Tablespoons of the oil or melted butter and a grinding of pepper. Bake for 15 minutes or until starting to soften and release some juices. Set aside
- Cut the onion and slice the ham. Then heat a fry pan to medium heat, add the oil or butter and the onion and mushroom trimmings and gently sauté till they are soft.
- Take off the heat and cool down. when cool to touch add the Black Garlic Mayonnaise, Dijon and ham and stir well to combine.
- Pile the filling mixture into the mushroom cups ( these will probably go flat- that's OK). Then top with a slice of both cheeses then sprinkle with a little smoked paprika.
- Pop into the oven and bake till bubbling, approximately 10-15 minutes depending on your oven ( they could also go under a grill or broiler)
- Eat as an appetiser or entrée or use smaller mushrooms for a canapé / small party bite.
- These are great both at room temperature or refrigerated and reheated up to two days later
You can buy Doodles Creek at your Deli or a farmers market near you.