Thursday, 8 April 2010

Ginger chicken

About the food:

This is a typical and a very popular chinese dish. But I must tell you that people from India might be very dissappointed by this dish, as initially I was. This dish does not belong to the Indian-Chinese cuisine, but has a perfect Chinese character. When I came to London, I was very upset with the Chinese cuisine, which had always been my favourite. But with time and experience I have come to realise that what we eat in India as chinese is completely different from what poeple in china eats. The chinese food here in London is more of chinese-chinese than of Indian-chinese taste. Once habituated, I have re-discovered my love for the Chinese cuisine, which is more authentic this time! Try this easy to make dish, and you will feel the same as me.

Ingredients (serves 4)

250 gms skinless & boneless chicken breast
vegetable oil for deep frying
1 egg white
1 tbsp Chinese five spices powder (a mixture of fennel, cloves, cinnamom, star anise and szechuan peppercorn)
1 big onion, cut in 3 inch stripes
1 bunch of spring onions, cut in 1 inch length
3 inch root ginger, shredded in long thin stripes
1 big bell pepper, cut in thin long stripes
1/2 tbsp black pepper seeds
black pepper powder to taste
7-8 cup mushrooms, thinly sliced
3 tbsp cornflour powder
salt to taste


1.Cut the chicken in 3 inch by 1 inch stripes. Whisk the egg white and the cornflour in a bowl to make a smooth mixture. Mix the chicken well with this mixture. Add the Chinese five spices to it ,cover and marinate for 30 mins.

2.Heat oil in pan.Stir fry the chicken, by tossing and turning on medium flame until the chicken is light golden in colour.Drain them on a kitchen tissue and set it aside.

3.Wipe clean the pan and heat oil again. Add the black pepper seeds and let it crackle. Add ginger, onion, mushrooms, spring onion and bell pepper. Stir fry on a low flame until they are tender. Add salt to taste.Add the chicken and keep on cooking over a low flame for a further 10 mins.Add 1/2 cup of water and cover and cook for further 10-15mins or until the chicken is tender. If you want to increase the gravy, add 1tbsp cornflour in a cup of water and add to the pan. Let it simmer, and the dish is now ready to serve.

Accompaniment: Best served with basmati rice.

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