A New Twist on an Old Favorite
Well just recently I went out a bought myself a very nice large granite mortar and pastel. I had been wanting one for quite sometime but had not found any I particularly liked. So when I found this 1 and it was only $40 plus a 20% off coupon, I ripped it right off the shelf. This was not the best move however as I nearly dropped it and put a hole in the store floor; IT WAS HEAVY to put it lightly.
As soon as I got it home I washed it and placed it ever so gently on my counter to dry. All day (ok only for about a few minutes before I caved) it kept calling to me “use me, use me”. But how I asked? Then I spotted the nice ripe avocados just laying in a bowl coincidentally right next to it. I’ll make guacamole! I love guacamole, it has to be 1 of my favorite go to dips, sandwich spreads, finger foods, anything really! But I had just made guac only a couple of days ago and I wanted something a little more interesting. That’s when it came to me, Asian Guacamole! I know it sounds odd and I won’t lie it is odd but in a good kind of way.
2-3 ripe avocados
1/2 tsp. minced fresh ginger
1/2 tsp. minced fresh garlic
1 Tbsp. lime juice
1 tsp. rice wine vinegar or lemon juice
2-3 tsp. wasabi paste
1/2 tsp. sriracha sauce or sambol olek
1-2 tbsp. sliced green onions
1-2 Tbsp. chopped cilantro and/or flat leaf parsley
salt and pepper to taste
Combine the ginger and garlic in the bottom of the mortar and work it with the pastel until a smooth paste forms. Add the lime juice, vinegar, wasabi and sriracha and combine. Then scoop out the meat of the avocados right in the same bowl. Work with pastel until all ingredients are combines and a chunky paste has formed. Stir in the green onions, cilantro and salt and pepper to finish. Serve right in the bowl.
I served this with regular tortilla chips, but you could also serve it with fried wonton chips for that added asian flare!