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Charred peas in the pod with soy dipping sauce
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Serves: 6 as a starter or side
500g peas in the pod
2 tbsp sesame oil
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp Japanese rice vinegar
½-1 tbsp chiu chow chilli oil, to taste
1 tsp clear honey
1 tsp sesame seeds, toasted
1. Put a griddle pan on a high heat. Put the whole pea pods in a large mixing bowl, drizzle over the sesame oil, sprinkle with a little sea salt and massage into the pods. Put them on the hot griddle (you may need to do this in batches) and cook for 10-12 minutes, turning occasionally, until the pods are slightly blackened and the peas inside are tender.
2. Meanwhile, to make the dipping sauce, mix together the soy sauce, vinegar, chilli oil, honey and sesame seeds. Transfer to a wide shallow bowl. When the pods are all nicely charred, serve them with the sauce: dip each pod in the sauce, pop in your mouth, slide out the peas with your teeth and discard the pod.
Typical values per serving:
Vegetarian, low in saturated fat