We've used white corn tortillas for this recipe, because they have a smoother texture and a subtler corn flavour than yellow corn tortillas. If you don't want to use quail, substitute 800gm pork mince.
- 15 gm galangal, sliced (3cm piece)
- 2 tsp white glutinous rice (see note)
- 16 deboned quail, finely chopped (see note)
- 5 golden shallots, thinly sliced
- 60 ml lime juice, or to taste (¼ cup)
- 60 ml fish sauce, or to taste (¼ cup)
- ½ cup coriander, finely chopped, plus extra leaves to serve (firmly packed)
- ¼ cup mint, finely chopped (firmly packed)
- 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
- 1 tbsp crushed light palm sugar, or to taste
- ½ tsp roasted dried chilli flakes, or to taste
- 250 gm white masa flour (see note) (1¾ cups)
- 500 gm pineapple (about ½ pineapple), thickly sliced
- ½ Spanish onion, finely chopped
- 1/3 cup coarsely chopped coriander
- 2 tsp olive oil
- 1For white corn tortillas, combine flour, 340ml hot water and a large pinch of salt in a bowl and mix with your hands until a soft dough forms. Cover closely with plastic wrap and set aside to rest (15 minutes). Divide dough into 35gm pieces and roll into balls. Line a tortilla press (see note) with two squares of baking paper, then, working with one ball at a time, press gently but firmly in press to form a thin disc. Set aside on baking paper and cover with a tea towel.
- 2Dry-roast galangal in a small frying pan over high heat until fragrant and toasted (4-6 minutes), transfer to a mortar and pestle, pound until finely ground, transfer to a bowl and set aside. Add rice to pan and cook, shaking occasionally, until roasted (3-5 minutes), transfer to mortar and pestle, pound until finely ground and set aside.
- 3Heat a wok over high heat, add quail and 60ml water and stir continuously until cooked through (3-4 minutes). Remove wok from heat, add ground galangal, ground rice and remaining ingredients (except extra coriander), toss to coat quail, adjust seasoning to taste and set aside.
- 4For barbecued pineapple salsa, preheat a char-grill pan over high heat, add pineapple in batches and char-grill until golden (1-2 minutes each side). Dice and transfer to a bowl. Add remaining ingredients, season to taste and set aside.
- 5Preheat a cast-iron frying pan over medium-high heat, add tortillas one at a time and cook, turning once, until bubbles appear on the surface and base browns (30-45 seconds each side). Wrap in a cloth napkin to steam, soften and keep warm.
- 6Serve warm tortillas topped with quail, barbecued pineapple salsa and extra coriander.
Note White glutinous rice is available from select supermarkets and Asian grocers. Ask your butcher to debone the quail for you. White masa flour (also known as masa harina or harina de maíz) is a white nixtamalised corn flour; it's available from Mexican food shops including Monterey Mexican Foods.
Drink Suggestion: Exotic, creamy viognier. Drink suggestion by Max Allen