Super Cao Nguyen hosts another cooking contest this month, with entries due September 30th ( Monday) and may be submitted electronically, hand delivered or by snail mail. http://www.morethanasian.com/contest-announcement-so-you-think-you-can-c...
Super Cao Nguyen, OKC's oldest and largest comprehensive Asian Market. The market emerged in response to ethnic cooking ingredients needed by newly arriving Vietnamese families, who were refugees of the Vietnam War and who relocated to Oklahoma City in the 1970's. It started as a point of community exchange and then was housed in a tiny store front. Soon, they had built the large facility they now occupy, behind the Giant Milk Bottle.
Super Cao Nguyen has expanded provide a fish monger, butcher,bakery, restaurant with traditional hot and cold prepared foods, produce, frozen and canned products representing many cultures in the world. The store also has gifts, cooking utensils and serving utensils, and ceremonial items. Sometimes clothing and a dragon or two if you need one. They surely also carry various brands of HARISSA.
Subject for this series of cooking contest is HARISSA which is a chili paste used in Tunisan cooking.
Not familiar with North African country of Tunisia? No problem.
Here's a bit on Tunsia http://www.lonelyplanet.com/tunisia
And here's another bit on Tunisan cooking http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tunisian_cuisine
The below excerpt is from the link immediately above these words.
A popular condiment and ingredient which is used extensively in Tunisian cooking, harissa, is a hot red pepper sauce made of red chili peppers and garlic, flavoured with coriander, cumin, olive oil and often tomatoes. There is an old wives' tale that says a husband can judge his wife's affections by the amount of hot peppers she uses when preparing his food. If the food becomes bland then a man may believe that his wife no longer loves him.
Contest entrants are required to prepare a dish using the condiment HARRISA.
In 200 words must explain the dish.
Include a recipe.
Recipe does not have to be original.
Must photograph your entry. Submitting the recipe and photo and explanation indicate your willingness to be part of Cao Nguyen FB or other publicity related to contest entry or win.
One entry per person per month
Include your name
Winners receive $50 as prize and public recognition of same.