Asian mint sauce

Remember mint sauce? I wouldn’t be surprised if you don’t. I’d all but forgotten about it myself, until last week when the Mr brought home half a slow-cooked lamb shoulder as a souvenir from a night out.

While I was reheating it for dinner the next evening, watching fat pooling in the roasting dish and feeling too tired to make hummus, I remembered the ultimate in traditional accompaniments. Five minutes later…

Easy Mint Sauce For Roast Lamb

Asian Mint Sauce
Let’s be clear, this is a mint sauce with vaguely Asian ingredients, not a sauce of Asian mint (though I’m sure that would be nice, and if you have some growing, adding it would be a good experiment).

2 Tbsp grated palm sugar, or brown sugar
1/2 cup rice vinegar
a good pinch of flaky sea salt
about 40 fresh mint leaves, shredded

Put the sugar, vinegar and salt in a small pot. Bring it to the boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar and salt. Remove from the heat and add the mint. Stir and leave to cool, then transfer to a lidded glass jar. Store in the fridge and use liberally on appropriated roast lamb, among other things.

Given the weirdness of our weather – nearly May and it’s still t-shirt weather in most parts of New Zealand, while it’s sleeting in the northern hemisphere – it seems this fits the bill for Lavender and Lovage’s Cooking With Herbs blogging challenge for April, which focuses on herbs for spring and Easter.

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  1. April 29, 2016 / 12:10 am

    my mum always used to make mint sauce for roast lamb but I don't remember eating it – and now I don't eat lamb but have mint in the garden I sometimes wonder if it goes with anything except lamb – perhaps peas?

  2. April 29, 2016 / 11:32 pm

    I don't seem to eat mint sauce with lamb much these days and right now I can't understand why. This sounds like a fine variation to me. Mint sauce in some form or another does work well with grilled or roasted courgettes too – or at least I think so. But what really impresses me is that it's possible to bring home bits of lamb as a souvenir from a night out. I've known people to bring home traffic cones, inedible kebabs and people they've never met before but bits of lamb are SO much better. I think life in your distant part of the world is sounding much more civilised and exciting.

    • May 1, 2016 / 3:36 am

      Believe me, I was surprised too – it would be a great story if he'd wrestled a lamb to the ground, wrenched off a shoulder and roasted it over a nearby fire, but the real version is a bit more prosaic. Sigh. It did make a good dinner though.

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