Ayam Masak Aceh
(Butterfly Cornish Game Hen)
Yield: 4 servings
2 Cornish game hens, about 1 -1/3 pounds each
4 Shallots sliced
2 Garlic cloves, sliced
1 tb Ground coriander
3 To 7 fresh hot red chiles, -seeded, sliced
1/2 Piece fresh ginger, sliced
1/4 ts Ground turmeric
Salt to taste
2 tb Lime juice
2 c Coconut milk
2 Stalks lemon grass or 1 -slice lemon
Split open the game hens from the breast side and flatten them out into a butterfly shape. Discard loose skin
and fat. Broil the hens for 3 minutes on each side.
Process the shallots, garlic, coriander, chile, ginger, turmeric, salt, lime juice and 1/2 cup of the coconut
milk to a smooth sauce. Marinate the hens in the sauce for 15 minutes.
Put the hens in a large skillet and cook over moderate heat for 10 minutes uncovered. Then add the remaining
coconut milk and the lemon grass. Bring to a boil and cook for 30 minutes, basting occasionally, until the
hens are tender and almost all the liquid has evaporated.