450ml grapeseed oil
1 clove garlic, finely sliced
½ golden shallot, finely sliced
10g black peppercorns
10g white peppercorns
10g Sichuan peppercorns
25ml brandy
115ml balsamic vinegar
40ml light soy sauce
50g granulated white sugar
15ml fish sauce
1 litre chicken stock
4g xanthan gum

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1.Add 45ml of the grapeseed oil to a large saucepan over medium heat.
2.Once heated, add the garlic and shallot and heat for 3–4 minutes, stirring frequently.
3.Add all the peppercorns and cook for a few minutes until fragrant.
4.Add the brandy and very carefully light with a match to deglaze; once lit, the flames will burn off quickly.
5.Add the balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, sugar, fish sauce and chicken stock and cook until reduced by half, for about 30 minutes.
6.Add the xanthan gum and, using a stick blender, slowly blend to start to emulsify the sauce.
7.After about 1 minute of blending, stream in the remaining grapeseed oil, continuing to slowly blend; you are looking to emulsify in the same way you do mayonnaise.
8.Once the sauce has thickened to your liking, remove from the heat and set aside to cool.
9.This sauce will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 month.

This is an edited extract
from Meatsmith by
Andrew McConnell and
Troy Wheeler published
by Hardie Grant
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