Nuoc Leo

         Yield: 6 Servings
Categories: Condiments, Vietnamese

Stephen Ceideburg 1 Clove garlic, sliced 1 tb Vegetable oil 1 sm Piece of pork liver (see -note below), minced 1 tb Ground pork 1 ts Tomato paste 1/4 c Tuong 1/2 c Water 1 1/2 ts Peanut butter 1 tb Granulated sugar 1 1/2 tb Sesame seeds 10 Roasted Peanuts, coarsely -chopped [See note above. -S.C.] Thin strips of hot pepper -for garnish Using medium heat, fry the garlic in the oil. Add the liver and pork. Lower the heat and add the tomato paste; stir and add the tuong. Stir again and add the water and peanut butter. Raise the heat to medium and add the sugar. Boil for 1 minute and transfer to a bowl. Add the sesame seeds to a medium-hot frying pan, stirring constantly until browned. This should take 2 to 3 minutes. Add the sesame seeds to the nuoc leo, along with the chopped peanuts. The sauce can be garnished with thin strips of hot pepper. Note: Beef or chicken liver can be substituted, but pork liver is preferred. The piece should be the size of a large chicken liver. From "The Classic Cuisine of Vietnam", Bach Ngo and Gloria