Sunday, October 4, 2015

Asian Guacamole

During B's spontaneous romantic flight to see me a few months ago, we enjoyed a relaxing weekend together in the kitchen. The love was buzzing in the air, a delicious lunch of guacamole and grilled shrimp already devoured, and as we chilled in my room, B struck up a deep conversation about true love and how much I meant to him. As I listened, I happened to rub my eye. Big mistake.
B: *waxing eloquent on about our future life together* 
Chef Uy: Ow, ow, owwww!!!
B: Uh, are you ok?
Chef Uy: Y'know those thai chili peppers I chopped for the guacamole? I think I got some in my eye, ow, ow, ow, it burrrns! Halp!

True love is running to the sink to fill a bowl of cold water because your fiance gets chili pepper capsaicin in her eye and shoving her face into the water to flush it out.

B has a tagline for me: Natalie Uy, Moment Killer.
The best way to avoid hot pepper hands is to wear gloves, but I always forget. I confess this is *ahem* not the first time I've gotten capsaicin on my face. During the early years of med school, B and I, being nerdy, tried to figure out the dermatomes (ie, nerve patterns) of my skin, which had been burning horribly for hours, especially after a hot shower. After puzzling over why the distribution didn't correspond anatomically, we figured out it was related to what I had touched after chopping chili peppers. So, lo and behold, the right hand, left cheek, and right eye are not innervated by one nerve root after all.
The culprit for all this madness is an Asian guacamole adapted from i am a food blog. It has thai chili peppers, fish sauce, and green onions for a fun asian flair. Watch out for those chili peppers - they can have a mean bite!


Asian Guacamole


Ingredients
1-2 ripe avocados, peeled and pitted
1 tablespoon lime juice
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 bunch green onions, thinly slices
1 bunch cilantro, chopped
3-4 thai chili peppers, minced
1 tablespoon patis (fish sauce)
pepper, to taste
pita chips, for serving

Directions
In a shallow bowl, use a fork to mash the avocado. Stir in the lime juice, garlic, green onions, cilantro, chili peppers, and fish sauce. Add pepper, to taste (the fish sauce provides the salt).  To make is spicier, add more thai peppers; for a milder kick, remove the seeds. Serve with pita chips and enjoy!

29 comments:

  1. Avoid touching your eye after working with chili pepper is the lesson to take away from this. Perhaps the Chef will heed her own advice one of these days :)

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  2. This sounds so good! And I honestly cracked up at your attempted anatomy lesson about innervation. My fiancé is in med school too so I can totally picture him doing the same thing! Saving this to my Pinterest... And noting to self to NOT touch my eyes after I chop the chilies ;)

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    1. Med students are very nerdy and we can't help but apply medicine to everything in our lives lol. Even food.

      PS. Make sure you don't touch HIS eye either haha

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  3. This looks delicious! I am definitely going to be making it!!

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  4. awesome twist to what is, hands down, my favorite dip. delicious!

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    1. This might be your new favorite dip then. Have fun Grace :)

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  5. I like your recipe! Guacamole with an Asian twist sounds delish and original. I'm sharing! :)

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    1. Glad you liked it! Hope your friends and family enjoy!

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  6. Ha, cute story, I can totally see that happening to me during a romantic talk. I'm the worst about forgetting to wear gloves. In college, I made a soup with habanero peppers and my hands were on fire for hours afterward. Big mistake.

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    1. I always wear huge rubber gloves for washing dishes, but never get around to using disposable gloves for peppers since they mysteriously vanish (out of sight, out of mind) and I'm too hungry to look for them most of the time.

      Hopefully you didn't have further habanero mishaps after that incident

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  7. Everything with an Asian twist is awesome!

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  8. Yum! Can't wait to try! Have pinned for later :) thanks for sharing!

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  9. This sounds so good!!!!!! Avocado and Asian??? Yes please!!

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  10. This recipe sounds amazing! I love guacamole so much, I never thought of Asian style! Yay! I am so going to make this!

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  11. This sounds so good! Thank you so much for sharing!

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  12. I love the post! You have a wonderful blog:)

    www.theprintedsea.blogspot.com

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  13. Yum! I haven't tried spicy guacamole before. Sounds like a great new addition to my snacking to-do list :) Don't worry, the washing your eye made the moment that much more memorable. Now you'll never forget and you'll think of B every time you make this guacamole.

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    1. Yup I bet you and the Savoring Spork would enjoy it - so many avocados in California!

      B tells me I'm not allowed to touch peppers anymore lol

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  14. Haha! Love your little story. This is my favourite dip but I've never tried making it myself. Will have to give it a go. Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. No problem, hope you enjoy it :) My favorite recipes always have a quirky story

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  15. I love what you did with guacamole, especially with the use of fish sauce.

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    1. Gotta use up my big bottle of fish sauce before I graduate and move!

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  16. Love this version of a classic guacamole! Looks amazing with the Asian flavours! Definitely want to try this soon :)

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