The key to cooking chicken is to do it very slowly and gently. That way, the juices will all stay within and not lose itself to being a dry papery hunk of meat. Especially so here, the chicken has to be braised tenderly, so that as it cooks, it absorbs as much flavour from the broth as it possibly can, giving you an exquisitely fork-tender and succulent mouthful of poultry goodness.
This depends on how much chicken you’re making, but for about two people, here’s what to do:
- Into a good pot, toss two cloves of garlic, skinned on and smashed once, three cloves, two bits of star anise, a modest stick of cinnamon, a good dash of white pepper, a small pinch of whole black peppercorns, and a crack of sea salt.
- Also, add a teaspoon of pure sesame oil, two tablespoons of light soy sauce and one tablespoon of dark soy sauce.
- Place your chicken parts in and fill the pot with water, so that the poultry is just about half submerged. Turn the hob on to the lowest heat setting. Put the lid on leaving a small gap and let it simmer away gently for about an hour, or slightly longer.
- Toss in carrot batons and mushrooms in the last 5 minutes if you want, and adjust seasoning of broth with sea salt accordingly. If having with hot steamed rice, make sure it’s saltier than usual.
Try this with pork belly.
Circular Microwaved Eggs
Most people probably already know this but here’s for those who don’t.
The microwave is awesome, especially when you wanna have an egg ready-to-eat in 30 seconds. It’s super round, and cooked hassle-free with a mix of hard-cooked and soft-runny texture.
What you’ll need:
- A small microwave-safe dish (above)
- An egg
- A microwave
What to do:
- Crack the egg into the dish.
- Stick it into the microwave.
- Press ’30 seconds’ and ‘Start’.
- When it’s done, use a spoon to get it out in one swift circular motion.
- If you want, add salt, or soy sauce, and pepper.
TIP! If you don’t have a small dish, use a mug! Or maybe try out it with a square dish!
If you haven’t already discovered the wonders of a Microwave, this recipe will shed some light on that radioactive box sitting on your kitchen counter. Apart from preparing readymade meals from the store and reheating overnight leftovers, the Microwave can make you Very Succulent Braised Chicken Portions in under 15 minutes.
Here what you need:
- a dish-plate or a plate-bowl, whatever you call it
- 2 chicken portions, I used frozen chicken thighs
- 2/3 tbsp of soy sauce
- 1 dash of white pepper
- 1 sprinkle of black pepper
- 1 clove of garlic, sliced
- 50ml of water
- chilli powder (optional)
Here’s how you do it:
- Note: The time needed to cook this is for frozen chicken portions.
- Get the bird parts onto a dish-plate or plate-bowl.
- Pour the soy sauce over the chicken.
- Dash the white pepper and sprinkle the black pepper
- In goes the sliced garlic clove.
- And chilli powder to if you wanna add some spice to your life.
- Add the water.
- Stick it in the microwave. If you have a fancy microwave lid, cover the dish.
- Hit it on full whack for 5 minutes. Note: I used a 700W microwave.
- Flip parts over. Hit another 5 minutes.
- Note: Ensure water does not dry up entirely. Top up a little as needed.
- Welcome the Aroma Fairies.
- Chicken should be almost done, if not completely cooked.
- Flip again and hit it for 1 more minute, if juices do not run clear when poked with a fork.
- Repeat on other side if necessary.
- Let it rest for about a while, or dig in right away. I always choose the latter and wind up burning my tongue.
If you wanna make a Chinese Stir-Fry and have no Asian egg noodles in your kitchen cupboard, then spaghetti or linguine works just as well. Just make sure you have all the essential ingredients:
- chopped garlic
- a slice of ginger
- dark soy sauce
- light soy sauce
- oyster sauce (bonus)
Pork is usually my meat of choice for stir-fry ‘cos for some reason, I think it tastes the most Chinese. Onions, mushrooms, shrimps, egg, spinach, beansprouts, chillies, even cheese is up to you. Whatever makes you happy.
Garlic and ginger, almost like the yinyang of Chinese Stir-Fry.