Monday, December 10, 2012

Three cup chicken 三杯雞

"Three cups" dishes are pretty common is Taiwan. It gets its name from the three major ingredients: 1 cup soy sauce, 1 cup sesame oil and one cup of cooking wine. (This reminds me of pound cake.) Anyway, you can always adjust the portion, which is the spirit of Chinese cooking -- no set recipes just go with your feelings. The weather is getting cold, and I love love love spicy food, so I added hot pepper.
Three Cup Chicken

  • 6 chicken drumsticks, chop to separate into 3 pieces each (be careful about the broken bones)
  • 4-5 slices of ginger
  • 2 cups of basil
  • 3 hot peppers
  • 1/2 cup of soy sauce, sesame oil and cooking wine (each 1/2 cup)
  • 1 cup of water
  • salt to taste
  • 2-3 small pieces of rock sugar (optional)

1. Heat up the pan. Add the sesame oil, heat until it can flow freely in pan.
2. Add the ginger to pan. Saute until the ginger pieces are a little brown and dry (about 1 minute).
3. Add the hot pepper and chicken drumsticks. Saute until the chicken changes color on the surface.
4. Add the soy sauce, cooking wine, rock sugar and water. Cover and cook until the sauce has reduced.
5. Add the basil just before done. Mix well. Turn off the stove. Serve.

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