Preparation / Directions:
This aromatic grilled game hen can be easily served Western style with rice, coleslaw or a green salad. [But it would be better with Thai cucumber salad or Vietnamese carrot salad.]
Halve the hens through the breast. Flatten with the palm of your hand.
In a mortar or food processor, pound or mince garlic, shallots and sugar.
Add remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly.
Pour mixture over hens; marinate for at least 2 hours or overnight in refrigerator.
Set hens, skin-side down, on rack and grill over medium coals for 15 minutes. Turn and grill 15 minutes longer or until they are thoroughly cooked.
Serve with Nuoc Cham dipping sauce.