A favourite street food in Northern Thailand, every restaurant in the area seems to serve a version of this charcoal grilled hen. A simple marinade adds Thai flavour to a dish that’s easy to prepare.
Courtesy of Chef Angus An of Maenam.
Northern-Style Grilled Hen
Nahm Jim Jaw
Butterfly each hen by cutting through the backbone and leaving the breastbone attached. Flatten the hens by slightly breaking the breastbone so the hen sits flat on your cutting board.
Blend remaining ingredients together. Place butterflied hens in the marinade and refrigerate overnight.
To cook hens, start a fire with charcoal in your grill. Let the charcoal burn for 45 minutes and spread it into one layer. Once the flames die down, cook the hens flat on the grill and cook until golden—about 7 minutes each side. Serve with nahm jim jiaw for dipping.
Combine all ingredients and season. Should taste equally sour, salty, sweet and spicy.