Mochiko Chicken – Japanese Fried Chicken

Fried Chicken is a favorite dish in most familys.  Its tender and juicy on the inside and has that perfect satisfying crunch on the outside.  What’s not to love?

Most folks picture KFC like chicken or Southern Fried Chicken (that’s delicious by the way) when they think of fried chicken.  Of course Southern Fried Chicken served with homemade mashed potatoes, thick gravy, and melt in your mouth biscuits are delicious, but there are other equally delicious versions of fried chicken.

One of my favorites is Mochiko Chicken or Japanese Fried Chicken.  It’s battered with Sweet Rice Flour giving it a bit of sweetness along with a nice crunch on the outside and tender and juicy on the inside.  Served with steamed white rice and Stir Fried Baby Bok Choy it makes a nice healthy meal.

This dish is marinated in the refrigerator overnight, that’s what makes it so tasty and gives it a nice crunch.

Mochiko Chicken

Ingredients:

4 Lbs. Boneless Skinless Chicken thighs cut into thirds

2/3 Cup Cornstarch

1/3 Cup Mochiko Flour

1/3 Cup Soy Sauce

2 Tbs. Oyster Sauce

1 Tsp. Sesame Oil

1 Tbs. Garlic Minced

1/4 Cup Chopped Green Onions

2 Eggs

Oil for frying

Sesame Seeds and chopped Green Onion for garnish

Directions:

Combine all ingredients expect garnish and oil for frying into a large ziplock bag.  Batter will be thick, it will thin overnight.

Shake bag to coat all chicken pieces.

Refrigerate overnight.

When you are ready to fry you will find that the marinade has thinned and possibly separated.  Shake to recombine marinade and coat chicken.

Heat oil and fry each piece until chicken is cooked and batter is golden brown and crisp.

Drain on paper towel.

Transfer to serving dish and sprinkle with sesame seeds and green onion.

Serve with hot rice and vegetables of your choice.


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SHUMAI (FILIPINO PORK AND GINGER DUMPLINGS)

SHUMAI (FILIPINO PORK AND GINGER DUMPLINGS)

Shumai (Siomai) are Filipino dumplings that were introduced to the country from China. .rather than being totally penned by the wrapper, the superior square measure left open in a very tulip-like form. These dumplings square measure stuffed with a seasoned pork and cabbage mixture, then steamed till poached through. They’re paired with a delicious soy sauce-based dipping sauce.

To steam the dumplings, I used a parchment-lined bamboo steamer set over a pan stuffed with merely enough water to not bit the lowest of the steamer. I froze the additional dumplings on the parchment-lined baking sheet till solid, then transferred them to a deep-freeze bag. I steam them straight from the deepfreeze with some of minutes further to the preparation time for a fast snack or lightweight lunch. You’ll conjointly double this formula to form loads directly for additional storage, though’ it looks mine continually disappear within the same quantity of your time no matter the amount.

I cooked the garlic for the dipping sauce by slicing off the highest of a head of garlic to reveal the highest of the cloves and drizzled them gently with vegetable oil. I wrapped the garlic in foil and cooked in a very four hundred degree F kitchen appliance till golden and simply cut, 30-50 minutes looking on the dimensions of the garlic.

The wrappers are found within the white goods or deep-freeze section of the many larger grocery stores or Asian food markets. I created my very own wrappers, as a result of I even have gotten spoiled on the style and the way a lot of easier they’re to handle.

Oyster sauce may be a dark brown sauce created by preparation oyster extract with salt and sugar. It’s common in Southeast Asian cuisines. Check the labels before shopping for. Lower quality sauces embody caramel coloring or different additives. It is found in Asian food markets or some larger grocery stores.

 

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Ingredients

Dipping Sauce:

2 tablespoons soy sauce

1 teaspoon mashed roasted garlic

1/4 teaspoon palm coconut or rice vinegar

1/4 teaspoon sambal ulek or dried red pepper flakes

Dumplings:

1 pound (450 grams) lean ground pork

1 clove garlic peeled and minced

1 1/2 teaspoons peeled and minced fresh ginger

2 tablespoons oyster sauce

1 tablespoon soy sauce

Pinch freshly ground black pepper

1/2 cup (50 grams) finely shredded Napa cabbage

1 package (50 count- you will need about 30) round dumpling wrappers

Sesame seeds for topping

Instructions

  1. To make the dipping sauce: Combine the soy sauce, garlic, vinegar, and samba ulek or red pepper flakes. Set aside or refrigerate until ready to serve.
  2. To make the dumplings: In a large bowl, mix together the pork, garlic, ginger, oyster sauce, soy sauce, and black pepper just until combined. Mix in cabbage.
  3. Line a large baking sheet with parchment. Fill a small bowl with water. Remove the dumplings from the package and cover with a lightly damp cloth on work surface.
  4. Lightly moisten the edges of a dumpling wrapper with water, then flip over so the dry side is up. Spread about 1 heaping teaspoon evenly over the surface of the wrapper.
  5. Either places the wrapper in the palm of your non-dominent hand or evenly across the circle made from putting the tips of your thumb and forefinger together. Use a knife or your spoon to press the edges of the wrapper towards the center around the circle, leaving the top of the dumpling open. Tighten your forefinger and thumb around the sides of the dumpling to seal and form a tulip shape. Use the back of a spoon to smooth out the top of the meat filling. Place on the parchment lined baking sheet and repeat with remaining wrappers and filling. Arrange on the baking sheet in a single layer, without touching.
  6. To cook the dumplings: Place the prepared dumplings in a steamer, being careful not to overcrowd. Cover and steam until the dumplings is firm and cooked through, 8-12 minutes. If desired, top with sesame seeds.
  7. Serve hot with prepared dipping sauce.

 

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CHINESE BBQ PORK BUNS (BAKED CHA SIU BAO RECIPE)

CHINESE BBQ PORK BUNS (BAKED CHA SIU BAO RECIPE)

Ah, childhood. once selections were simple (Nickelodeon or Cartoon Network?) and one’s biggest issues were within the vein of running home quick enough from the grammar school to catch the frozen dessert truck and also the 3:30 PM escapades of Arthur the placental mammal on PBS. Once your oldsters gave the impression to recognize everything there was to understand regarding everything, and you saw the complete world from a foot or 2 lower to the bottom. Ingestion Chinese BBQ Pork Buns or baked Cha Siu Bao was conjointly a part of that childhood!

My particular version of childhood concerned loads of sinking large reenactments in my friend Reema’s higher than ground pool (we were terribly melodramatic children), reading at recess, robust lobbying for a family puppy acquisition, the collected medium works of John Hughes, my vaporous purple Game boy Color, and a gradual experience with something having to try and do with horses. It conjointly concerned loads of Sabbatum morning automobile rides into Queens and Chinatown, once we would visit my grandparents or cousins, grab cuisine, and inevitably stop by a Chinese. There were perpetually the same old suspects…the pillow soft butter buns, the sweet, breakable pineapple buns, the vastly-appealing-to-Chinese-American-kids “hot dog” buns (my enchantment with this explicit pastry has…ebbed over the years. [Update] That, till I created THEM MYSELF! Here’s the Chinese hot dog breadstuff direction.), and after all, the “cha siu baos,” or baked BBQ pork buns, that area unit stuffed with a savory, slightly sweet filling of Cantonese dialect joint. Chinese BBQ Pork buns, cuisine and Chinese shop favorite’s area unit after all, the topic of today’s post.

These take your time, however area unit pretty simple to place along, particularly if you’ll be able to get the joint prepared made of your native Chinese grocery store’s hot bar. If not, you’ll be able to conjointly simply create your own joint, with this Chinese BBQ Pork Buns (cha siu) direction we tend to announce some days gone. In any case, the dough is fairly simple in addition. It involves one crucial, dead straightforward step at the start that involves creating a fast five-minute roux/paste with flour, water, and milk. The paste, known as a “tangzhong,” is then mixed with the rest of the dough ingredients, and you need the heck out of it until it’s smooth. Easy.

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5 cups bread flour or all purpose flour, plus 1/3 cup
2/3 cup water
1 1/3 cup milk, divided
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
4 teaspoons instant yeast
2 eggs
4 tablespoons melted butter
eggwash (1 egg, beaten with a tablespoon of milk)
1 tablespoon sesame seeds (optional)

For the filling:

2 tablespoons oil
1/2 cup finely chopped shallots or red onion
2 tablespoons sugar
1 ½ tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons oyster sauce
2 teaspoons sesame oil
2 teaspoons dark soy sauce
¾ cup chicken stock
3 tablespoons flour
2 cups diced Chinese roast pork (cha siu)


 

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Kimchi Vegetable Soup With Oysters

Different brands of kimchi, the traditional Korean condiment made with fermented cabbage, usually have different vegetables added to them. The brand used in this recipe includes carrots and peppers, which give the flavor of this easy soup added dimension. When choosing a kimchi, opt for one that is not too sour, so the oysters will not be overpowered. Taste the kimchi to assess its spiciness, and adjust the seasoning for this dish accordingly. 

I love cooking my own Kimchi Vegetable Soup With Oysters at home because aside from having the chance to enhance my cooking skills, I also get the opportunity to make oyster soup the way I like it to be and within my budget.

“Select” oysters are what you’ll usually find in the seafood department of grocery stores; the term refers to their size.

Make Ahead: If you plan to make this soup in advance, refrigerate it without the oysters or spinach. Once the soup is reheated, they can be added just before serving.

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INGREDIENTS

7 cups water
1 tablespoon dashi powder (available at Asian markets and at Whole Foods Markets)
1 tablespoon fish sauce
1 tablespoon peeled, finely grated ginger root
1/4 cup oyster sauce
1/4 cup gochujang (Korean spicy chili paste), such as Annie Chun’s
16 ounces medium spicy cabbage kimchi, such as Sunja’s (see headnote)
2 cups (6 ounces) sliced shiitake mushroom caps
4 cups packed baby spinach, coarsely chopped
1 quart shucked select oysters and their liquor (see headnote)
2 scallions, white and light-green parts, chopped (1/2 cup)

DIRECTIONS

Combine the water, dashi powder, fish sauce, ginger, oyster sauce, gochujang, kimchi and mushrooms in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally, then reduce the heat to medium, cover and cook for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, to let the flavors meld.

(At this point, the soup can be cooled, covered and refrigerated for 1 or 2 days.)

Stir in the spinach and oysters; cook uncovered for about 4 minutes, so the edges of the oysters begin to curl.

Ladle among individual bowls. Garnish with the chopped scallions; serve immediately.

 

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Cashew Chicken with Asian Veggies

Cashew Chicken with Asian Veggies

Who cashew chickendoesn’t love Asian cuisine?  I mean the “normal” dishes we’re accustomed to, not the more “exotic” ones the guy on TV loves to try.  I know when we go to any Chinese restaurants one of our favorite dishes is Kung Pao Chicken, that spicy stirfry with peanuts.  So I thought why limit it to peanuts?  I made this yummy Cashew Chicken for dinner the other week, it was delicious!

Cashew Chicken is basically a stir-fry with soy sauce, veggies, and cashew sprinkled in.  It’s pretty healthy, as long as you use unsalted cashews and low sodium soy sauce.  But if you want to splurge, like I do, just use regular soy sauce.  I figure the veggies are healthy enough!

You can use any kind of veggies you want, you can even use the frozen stir fry mix you find in your grocer’s freezer.  I know I do when I’m pressed for time.  But really fresh veggies are the best to use as they stay crisper when cooked.  Also if you’re watching your fat intake make it with chicken breasts.  I use thigh because I feel they don’t dry up like breasts tend to.

Here are the ingredients, feel free to add or delete veggies.

6 Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs or Breasts – cubed

2-3 Tbs. Sesame Oil

1/4 cup Soy Sauce

2 Tbs. Oyster Sauce

2 Tbs. Corn Starch dissolved in 1/2 Cup water

1/2 cup Unsalted Whole or Halved Cashews

1 Onion – diced

3 cloves garlic minced

1 Bag Frozen Asian Stir Fry Vegetable Mix  OR

1/2 cup each of:  Broccoli Florets, Snow Peas, Mushrooms, Red Pepper slices, canned baby corn

Once you’ve gathered and prepped all your ingredients here’s what you do.

Heat oil in wok or large frying pan

Saute onions until they turn translucent

Stir in minced garlic; mix until garlic starts to turn golden brown

Add chicken, cook until done, stirring constantly

Add Veggies, cook until they start to get tender, stirring constantly

Stir in soy and oyster sauce

Slowly stir in cornstarch water.  The sauce should start to thicken.

Once the sauce is thick enough remove from heat and serve with steamed white rice!

 

 

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  1. Heat oil in wok or large frying pan Saute onions until they turn translucent Stir in minced garlic; mix until garlic starts to turn golden brown Add chicken, cook until done, stirring constantly Add Veggies, cook until they start to get tender, stirring constantly Stir in soy and oyster sauce Slowly stir in cornstarch water.  The sauce should start to thicken. Once the sauce is thick enough remove from heat and serve with steamed white rice!
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