Deer chop

deer chop

It is the first time that we eat deer meat. The barber in our town hunts deer every year. This time, he nicely shared with us three deer chops.

Deer meat is very lean, it had better been marinated before cooked. I found a light marinade source recipe and modified some based on my own taste.

Here is the marinade sauce (for 1 1/2 lb deer chops): 1/4 cup soy sauce (light), 1/4 cup vegetable oil, 1/4 cup lemon juice and 1 tsp minced ginger.

The marinated deer chops can be grilled. But since it has been frozen for a couple of months, I decided to braise them. Place chops in a non-stick pan under medium-high power. Add 3 tsp brown sugar to marinade left and pour the well mixed sauce over chops. Cook uncovered until chops are cooked through. Don't overcook chops.

For the sauce left in the pan, I added sliced frozen hard tofu (freeze hard tofu and then defrost to develop a special texture) in it and stirred until sauce is fully condensed. Tofu  absorbs the flavor of deer and tastes so good.

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