This was possibly the most painful meal I have ever cooked. I can't remember the last time I burned myself to the point of almost fainting from the pain. Unlike most people whose blood pressure rises when they have pain, mine drops. Like the mob, I go to the mattresses...in this case the kitchen floor.
I know better than to use my fingers when I am frying instead of easing the food into the frying pan with a spatula. In this case, it didn't register that these meatballs where also small and flatish, so when I dropped them in, the top of my finger went right into the hot oil. Ouch is not even close. My blood pressure dropped and down I went. No I did not faint, but it was close.
Four hours and three vodkas later I was still marinading my finger in iced water. Every time I took it out it was unbearable. Of course Madame Mere, after expressing some concern and finishing her wraps quite unperturbed, pronounced them so so, not fit for a dinner meal and better for lunch or cocktails . I didn't know whether to laugh or cry. She is not a big fan of Asian food and the idea of dinner in a lettuce leaf is too much for her to digest. Like the debit card, Asian and Middle Eastern food are still a work in progress with her.
She is right though, if you make them slightly smaller they would make great cocktail bites. However, if you are looking for a light dinner, which we sometimes do, this fits the bill.
The original recipe is not accompanied by hoisin sauce; but I felt that, like the minced chicken in lettuce wraps we adore, it could benefit from it. So I drizzled some over the meatballs before wrapping them.
I enjoyed this recipe but I didn't love it. The burn probably had a lot to do with that. Would I make it again? I might in another lifetime. Right now it's too painful to even think about it.
Should you ever get a burn, use cool water...not ice. I used iced water and it was wrong (but very soothing!) Keep the area submerged at least for 20 minutes. I did it for four hours. Vodka on the rocks is optional. At some point you will have to take that finger out and go through some pain. Pour yourself another drink, disinfect the surface and put some Neosporin for the swelling. Do not use butter, unless you want to fry it. Four days later it looks better and on its way to healing.