-Cycle 2, Dinner 87-
2 (Sat) April 2011
Barbecued Lamb Chops
in Worcestershire-Thyme Marinade
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at Aliman Camp Grounds (알리만 오토캠프장)
with Cho JH, Kim KH, Lee HS, MtG, and Yun YH
The lamb itself was exquisite. Eschewing published recipes, most of which called for spices that I either didn't have (e.g., marjoram) or don't like (e.g., cloves), I tossed in a bunch of seasonings at random, including worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, lemon zest, red wine vinegar, vermouth, thyme, garlic powder, celery powder, cayenne, salt, black pepper, white pepper, sugar. The worcestershire sauce and thyme came through. And somehow, it all worked. I'm tempted to rate this 6 stars, but without extensive experience cooking or eating lamb I can't confidently state that the dish exemplified perfection. Everyone else seemed to enjoy it, too.
Even better, the chops might be featured on TV! On this camping trip, we had agreed to be filmed by a camera crew from KBS, one of the main local networks, for a lifestyle segment on the evening news. What with the coming of spring, and the ever-increasing popularity of camping in Korea, and the celebrity of some of our members in the camping community, they wanted to interview us and asked us to participate in a semi-scripted exchange between us and a family on their very first outing: the veterans showing the newbies how things are done. Although food wasn't specifically in the script, they suddenly decided to use the lamb--I'm imagining that it mostly had to do with the novelty of eating lamb per se in Korea, along with the visual appeal of the bone-in chop being barbecued over coals in my VHS portable grill, and maybe because I just happened to be cooking them at the time. In any event, I didn't want to be on camera--my hands might've been filmed during the cooking process--so Hosup took the lead role.
The following photos are screenshots taken from the video that I took with my iPhone.
The dialogue went something like:
"Please, try some lamb. It is very good."
"Wow, this is very good! A very unique flavor! What gave you the idea to make lamb?"
"Well, we started out with beef and pork like everyone else, but after a while we began to seek out more unconventional foods, like lamb."
"I see. Thank you for the yummy food and the words of wisdom. We hope to learn from your example."
Taking advantage of the opportunity, at my insistence, Hosup shilled a bit for Tapatio Hot Sauce. Due to Korea's strict broadcasting laws against product placement and "incidental advertising," brand names/logos are forbidden from being said/shown on the air, but at least the tape will exist somewhere.