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Alison and Aaron Wedding Party and Asian Barbecue Sauce Recipe

By on Sep 14, 2010, 9:44 am in Books, Food and Drink, Menus, Recipes-Savory, Special Events | 3 comments

  Heirloom Tomatoes and Fresh Mozzarella Salad Resized_A+A_Food0032Heirloom Tomato and Fresh Mozzarella Salad- Photo Courtesy of Babuljak Photograhy

Beef Satay Resized_A+A_Food0002 Beef Satay with Peanut Dipping Sauce- Photo Courtesy of Babuljak Photography

Chicken_A+A_Resized Sichuan Barbecued Chicken- Photo Courtesy of Babuljak Photography

 Platter of Grilled VeggiesGrilled Vegetables with Asian Barbecue Sauce-Photo Courtesy of Keith Criss at

Asian Barbecue Sauce

adapted from Barbara Kafka’s  Party Food: Small and Savory

 1 1/3 cup tamari  soy sauce 

1 cup rice vinegar 

1/2 cup light brown sugar

2 tablespoons sesame oil

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

40 cloves of garlic

1 @4 inch piece of ginger, grated

2 strips of orange zest, @ 3 inches long and 1/4 inch wide

1 teaspoon chili garlic sacue

1 tablespoon cornstarch, dissolved in 2 tablespoons of water                                                            

Note- Ms. Kafka’s original recipe uses twice the amount of cornstarch. I’ve lightened the amount, but if you prefer a thicker glaze, use her amount.

1.Combine all the ingredients excpet the cornstarch in a medium saucepan, and heat the mixture over medium heat until it simmers.

2. Gradually sitr in the cornstarch mixture. Return to a simmer, and cook stirring constantly for 2 minutes.

3. Allow to ccol to room temperature before using.

4. Lightly brush the vegetables with the barbecue sauce while grilling.

Yield: Approximatley 2 1/2 cups

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  1. I got hungry reading this! Yum!

    Avatar Robina

    November 8, 2010

  2. My wife & I had the privilege to attend this event. The food was scrumptious and presented elegantly. Wish we had Gisele around northern California more often!

    Avatar Jay

    November 8, 2010

  3. That is really a perfect menu to serve at a wedding. That lovely cake with a lovely flower on top looks yummy! 🙂

    Avatar Eula Wyatt

    February 5, 2013

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