Saturday, February 21, 2015

coca cola chicken

Alot of you may know that I'm abysmal in the kitchen. But I do, though, have a secret weapon. A weapon I use to, in a sense, woo my man, impress friends at potluck and surprise strangers with a conversational piece. 

Everyone has a signature dish. Mine just happens to be Danni's :) Yes, Danni from college. Nobody said one's signature dish has to be one's invention / creation! Kan? So Danni Danni Danni... Danni from Beijing. She has many signature dishes but the one that really knocked my socks off was her Coca Cola Chicken! Come on even the name is strangely impressive. Memories of slaving over the stove in that minuscule kitchenette in Brighton comes flooding back. We used to have massive cookouts back in college.. so bloody Asian of us come to think of it XD 

This was quite a success at a recent CNY potluck so I thought I'd share the joy. Read more for the recipe:

8 chicken drumsticks
Ginger (the length of my forefinger) finely julienne
2 Tbsp cooking oil (I used sunflower oil mixed with 2 teasp of sesame oil)
3 cups Coca Cola (air out, say, half an hour beforehand)
1 cup light soy sauce (in this instance I chose Pearl River Bridge which I later learnt had a reputation of being "one of seven necessary things to make a Chinese home".. ooooh!)

Now the how:
1. Boil chicken in water until semi-cooked.

2. Remove chicken from boiling water and save them aside in a bowl.

Shelby's side note: you can add potatoes, carrots and onions to that broth along with some chicken legs to make a somewhat ABC soup. 2 dishes per effort: WIN!

3. Heat oil in pot (I used a wok) and saute the ginger till caramelized(? I just call it slightly charred).

4. Add chicken and fry until the skin is mildly brown.

5. Pour Coca Cola and soy sauce onto chicken and give it a stir. Allow the mixture to come to a strong boil. Then put to simmer. The sauce should have a balance of sweet and salty.

Shelby's side note: if the sauce is not sweet enough, drop a small (thumb size) rock cane sugar to help.

6. Continue to simmer until sauce thickens to a caramelized texture. Occasionally stir during that time.

7. Serve with plain rice or noodles.

Coca Cola chicken with Jiar Hwei's fried noodles.

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