It's evil food (so bad for you), but it's love food at the same time (so, so good).Caramel ginger coated chicken wings with sticky rice and an orange shiitake salad with an orange-ginger-sesame dressing. Guaranteed to win hearts over.
Caramel Ginger Chicken:
This recipe comes from a cooking class my mom took with a Chinese lady in San Francisco. We rarely eat it, because my mom likes to try new recipes whenever she can, but I still consider it a family favorite. Especially with sticky rice!
800 gr organic chicken wings 1/2 cup sugar 1/4 cup fish sauce, warm 1 tbsp soy sauce 4 shallots, thinly sliced 2 cloves garlic, finely minced 1 tbsp peeled and finely shredded 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper 1 green onion, thinly sliced Some cilantro
In a large, heavy pan, sear the chicken in a bit of oil until golden on all sides. Set the chicken aside but don't clean the pan.
For the caramel sauce: cook the sugar in a small, heavy saucepan over low heat, until amber in color, continuously stirring. It might smoke slightly. When all the sugar is caramelized, immediately remove from the heat and add the warm fish sauce and soy sauce. It is extremely hot and will bubble vigorously, so beware of splattering. Return the mixture to low heat and boil gently, swirling it around untill the sugar dissolves completely - about three minutes.
In the chicken pan, saute the garlic, ginger and shallots, taking care not to burn the garlic. Add the chicken and the warm caramel sauce. Bring the lot to a boil, cover and let simmer gently for 20-25 minutes, until tender.
Serve with short grain sticky rice sprinkled with gomasio (sesame, toasted until fragrant and crushed with salt with a mortar and pestle), and salad or warm green vegetables.
. Orange Shiitake Salad:
Mixed lettuce 2 oranges divided into sections. See how to make perfect sections here. If you're lazy, just cut slices, I don't like the orange membrane so I section them. Reserve the leftover orange juice for dressing. Shiitake mushrooms Soy sauce Cilantro
I can't give amounts here, just taste and adjust as you go along.
Juice from the oranges and/or a lime Soy sauce Sesame oil Some ginger and garlic, minced extremely finely Gomasio (sesame, toasted until fragrant and crushed with salt with a mortar and pestle) Black pepper, sambal (chili paste) or a finely chopped red chili