Friday, September 21, 2012

Asian Sweet and Savoury Quail

Asian Sweet and Savoury Quail
Quail is the smallest poultry we can find in the supermarket. Normally stuffed as it is really not much to eat if we are not careful with the side dish. I didn't stuff my quails but chose to serve with potato puree and some mushrooms. Trying to consume less meat, more vegetables.

This is my first ever quail dish and I am very pleased with it. Even MIL licked her fingers :P very happy to see that..hahah.. you see, French are very carefull with their table manner even at home. MIL is from such a generations where table etiquette is everything.. here's a few example:   never place your elbow/elbows on the table, napkins are always.. i repeat always place on your lap, not on the table, do not leave the table until everyone finished their meal... oh! the list goes on that it deserve another post :)

So here's my quail, light and succulent with a very nice sweet and savoury sauce.

Asian sweet and savoury quail


6                         Quails
3 tsp                    Five spice powder
20- 25 pcs           Dried apricots (whole)
1 cup                   Fresh green grapes (skinned and seeded)
4                          Shallots (peeled and cut in half)
1 medium             Onion (minced)
3 large gloves       Garlic (whole and bruised)
1 cup                   White wine ( semi dry)

Here's the method:

  1. First rub your quails all over with some cooking oil then season with salt and pepper and marinate with the five spice powder at least 30min so that the quail have time to absorb all the flavour of the spice. Set a side.
  2. In a baking dish, pour a table spoon of oil in it then put in your shallots, garlics, onions, apricots and grapes. Give it a shake to coat the oil and season. Add in two table spoon of water, then arrange the quails nicely on top.
  3. Bake them in a 200C pre-heated oven for 15mins.
  4. Pull out the dish and pour in the white wine. Give it a good scrap to make sure it doesn't burn at the bottom of the baking dish as well as to scrap up all the brown bits.
  5. Turn the birds to coat them with the juice. Bake for another 15-20 mins.
Serve with some sauté mushroom with garlics and potato purée.

Sharing this with Weekend potluck #35, This week's craving Munibbah Malaysian Monday hasted by 3 Hungry tummies 


  1. Wow! Sylvia, your dish does look good...want to lick my fingers as well:-). Bravo for attempting the quail. He!He! I whip out my best cloth napkins when MIL comes round...but it is paper serviettes all round when curry is on the menu:-)

  2. Hey Lina,
    I miss curry so much.. Now that hubby is not here, i don't make curry coz no one can take the heat!! We use cloth napkins 365 days, plus a paper serviette for juicy fruits and moules..

    1. :-) I must have the occasional pedas-pedas. Sriracha chilli sauce on my choucroute and cili padi in my noodles:-)

    2. Lol.. choucroute with chilli and I eat my pot-au-fer with chilli too. Yeah, i ussualy made a lot of chilli paste then freeze them in little pots for those last mins curry/tom yam or just to go with any occasional peas-pedas cravingsss.