Sunday, May 17, 2009

Asian Style Braised Lamb Shank

I had three lamb shanks sitting in the freezer like forever ! All the recipes I looked up were leaning towards the European style cooking with red wine or port. The lamb shanks I had were not exactly bursting in the meat department. In fact it had very little meat and I was not too keen to open a bottle of red just to cook some bones.

Trawling the net, I came upon these Asian flavoured lamb shanks. This was more my cup of tea. The flavours were really good and the meat literally fell off the bone.

Asian flavoured braised lamb shank

3 lamb shanks

4 Tbsp soy sauce
150ml water
5 slices ginger
2 star anise
4 cloves garlic, smashed
1 Tbsp sugar

1 tsp white vinegar or 2 tsp rice vinegar

1. Put all the ingredients except vinegar into the pressure cooker.

2. Pressure cook for 30 minutes or until the meat is tender.

3. With the lid off, boil to reduce and thicken the sauce. Turn the shanks over often. Add vinegar. Season with salt if required.

4. Remove the shanks from the sauce and grill/broil for 5-10 minutes to brown the meat. This process is optional.

5. Pour the sauce over the lamb shanks and serve with rice or noodles.

Star Anise Braised lamb shank

Note : If cooking without a pressure cooker, simmer gently with lid on for at least 2 hours or until meat is tender, turning shank over every half hour. Increase the water to 1 cup. If the liquid dries up too quickly, top up with more water.

Recipe : Mark Bittman @ The Splendid Table (adapted)


The Cooking Photographer said...

Can I be a redneck? I want to eat like this!

Cindy Khor said...

they look yummy... if i've got the time, i would do it.

Sinner said...

The Cooking P - You are most welcome as a redneck here anytime :)

Cindy Khor - Thank you. Do try it is really yum.

Anonymous said...

Lamb is my favourite. I shall give it a try when I get hold of a nice piece of lamb shank. Will feedback to you.

Sinner said...

Hi CClarice,

Are lamb shanks reasonably priced at your place? If only they sell them cheaper here :{

Hope you enjoy the shanks as much as we did :)

jadepearl said...

This looks delicious! The meat is so tender....

Anonymous said...

Hej Sinner
Sorry for late reply, was away for a week.
Lamb shank is not easily available here and the price range from RM40to RM70 per kg.

Sinner said...

Hi CClarice,

Ouch...I better stop complaining about the price here then. lol

I would hate to know what the cost of other type of meat is like at your place.

Sinner said...

jadepearl, the meat was indeed incredibly tender.

Bits said...

I am a lamb's lover... this is so great and so juicy!

gunnaget roundtoit said...

hi sinner,
thank you for this recipe, doesn't the meat just fall off the bone when using a pressure cooker?
Look forward to more of your recipes.

Sinner said...

J - it does fall off the bone and best of all it takes only a short time cooking.

Bits of Taste - hope you get the chance to try out the recipe.

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