Susan Feniger's Coconut Kaya Jam (a pudding-like mixture of rich coconut milk; grassy, vanilla-like pandan leaves, sugar, and eggs) is familiar to anyone with a Top Chef addiction. Who could forget Gail Simmons' proclamation that she'd "love to be sticking [her] finger in [it] at all ours of the day"?
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Homemade fried chicken often intimidates even the most seasoned home cooks. Be it the large pot of bubbling oil or the challenge of properly cooking the bird, its often a task thought best left to the professionals. Enter Susan Feniger's Tatsutage Fried Chicken. Not only does her chicken present bold Japanese flavor, but it also takes all of the guesswork out of the equation.
This tangy Yuzu Mayonnaise from Susan Feniger's Street Food enhances the salty, briny flavors in her Tatsutage Fried Chicken, but it pairs equally well with a warm summer tomato and a couple slices of bacon on a BLT.
After it has been reduced to a silky, rich version of its former self, the eggplant spends a quick 10 minutes stewing the tomatoes, sugar, and vinegar. It may not be the sexiest eggplant dish imaginable, but the final salad is certainly a unique take on the aubergine.
At once sweet, tangy, earthy, and nutty, Susan Feniger's interpretation of a Burmese digestive snack in her "Street Food" is truly a knockout. Her recipe combines a blend of melons--watermelon, cantaloupe, and honeydew--with a potent mix of young ginger, sesame, and coconut. Next, the salad is then bulked up with blanched peanuts and strangely perfect green lentils and then dressed with a bit of sugar, soy sauce, and lime juice. It sounds like a crazy combination, but it works.
Try toppingSusan Feniger's Ukranian Spinach Dumplings from Street Food with this Lemon Marmalade for a tangy, bright finish to the rich appetizer. The marmalade itself is easy to make (at least once you've peeled and sliced the lemons) and also pairs well with buttery toast and crunchy biscotti.
Feniger's recipe for Ukrainian dumplings takes what could be a heavy appetizer and brightens it up with summer vegetables. Instead of overloading the dumplings with meat or starch, she brings zucchini and spinach together with earthy potatoes and tangy feta cheese.