Oysters are the perfect entertaining food. They are lovely with a drink and require almost no effort on your part. I usually budget on two oysters for each person, but you know your friends better than I do.
• 2 dozen oysters
• lemon wedges
Oyster hot sauce
(makes about 1 litre)
• 400g large mild red chillies (or a mix of chillies as you like)
• 2 eschallots, peeled and chopped
• 1 cup white vinegar
• 2 tbsp caster sugar
• 2 tbsp fish sauce
• 1 tsp salt
• 2 tbsp vodka
• juice of 2 lemons
For the hot sauce, combine all of the ingredients except the vodka and lemon juice in a non-reactive saucepan with 750ml of water. Bring to a boil and simmer, covered, for 10 minutes. Allow to cool to room temperature, then place into a blender with the vodka and lemon juice. Blend to a smooth purée, then pass through a sieve to remove any solids. You can skip the straining if you prefer.
Bottle the sauce into a number of small bottles. It will keep in the fridge for up to 3 months.Arrange the oysters on a platter and serve with the hot sauce and lemon wedges. Keep the remaining bottles of hot sauce to give as gifts.
Also try: Adam Liaw's katsu finger sandwiches
Find more of Adam Liaw's recipes in the Good Food Favourite Recipes cookbook.