Rumake is a delicious appetizer for any Asian-inspired meal. The ingredients are not expensive, and it goes together quickly. You can prep the skewers a day ahead, so all you have left to do is grill the skewers until the bacon is crisp and brown. When that happens, everything else will be cooked to perfection. Serve with our Chinese Mustard and Wasabi Dipping Sauce on the side. Garnish with black or white sesame seeds. Makes about 25 pieces.
1 lb chicken livers, cleaned and halved OR 1 lb baby bella mushroms, cleaned and dried
1 can whole water chestnuts, drained and halved
5- 6 jalapeno peppers, cleaned, seeds removed and sliced into skewerable pieces
1 lb bacon, slices cut in half
toothpicks or skewers
The goal is to produce finger food - bite sized morsels that fit in your mouth. Clean the livers and separate the halves - if they are still very large, cut them in half again. Place water chestnut half and jalapeno slice on a piece of liver, wrap with half-bacon slice and secure with toothpicks individually, or skewer several. If you twist the skewer slightly when it meets the waterchestnut, it will go through without breaking it.
2 Tbs hoisin sauce
2 Tbs Oyster sauce
1 tsp sesame oil
1/4 tsp 5-spice powder
1 Tbs brown sugar
dash of siracha or other hot sauce
2 Tbs soy sauce
2 Tbs lime juice
Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and whisk to combine. Let it rest about 5 mins to allow the flavors to meld and the sugar to dissolve. Pour over the skewers and allow to rest in the fridge for an hour.
Grill the skewers over a medium-high fire, turning every one or two mins. When the bacon is brown and crispy, the rest of the ingredients will be cooked as well.
3 Tbs dried Chinese mustard
3 Tbs dry Wasabi powder
1 tsp white table sugar
1 Tbs rice wine vinegar
1 tsp lime or lemon juice
water to make a paste
Combine the mustard, wasabi and sugar and mix well, making sure all the lumps are broken up. Add the vinegar and lemon juice and stir in well. Add water to the mixture until a paste forms - it should not be too thick because it won't coat the rumake pieces and will be too hot. Make this up ahead of time and let it rest in the fridge until ready to serve - it will smooth out the consistency and allow the sugar to dissolve. Ouch, this stuff's hot!