Sunday, May 2, 2010

Chinese food you don't have to leave your house for (sort of)

I love Chinese food but ever since I saw a small dog running from a kitchen in a Chinese place in Main Road, Observatory, I don't like to eat there. So I discovered this recipe which is totally awesome.

*3 chicken breasts, cut into VERY small strips (I'm not saying this to mess with you. It tastes better the smaller it is)
* 2 teaspoons light soy sauce

* 1 tbsp cooking wine or white wine vinegar

* 1 tbsp sesame oil

* salt and pepper

Mix it all up and marinate it, then coat it with a thick layer of flour and a wee bit of cornstarch. If you pop it in the fridge for 15 mins the flour will stick better. Meantime, heat a lot of oil on the stovetop for deepfrying.

Mix together:

* 4 tbsp of sweet chilli sauce

* 2-3 tbsp of ketchup (tomato sauce)

* 2 tbsp of honey

* 1 tbsp oyster sauce/fish sauce

* 1/4 cup of water

* sesame seeds (toasted)

...and then boil it on the stove to let it thicken. To toast sesame seeds, just put in a skillet with a little bit of oil - gives it a nice flavor.

Put the flour-coated chicken pieces in the oil and fry it until golden brown and crispy. To really bring out the taste, I like add some cracked black pepper, salt and even a bit of cayenne pepper to the flour before frying it. Drain the chicken on paper towels and mix it with the sauce. Sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds and serve with lightly fried noodles or warm rice. You can also use whole chicken wings or pork ribs for this one.

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