Monday, June 28, 2010

Fotos by GCornett

I was thinking Antonio might start giving me a hard time if I keep photographically self-aggrandizing, this being the second time around in a scant month or so, but you can't really argue with the three facts laid bare on this one:
a) a portrait by a maestro like Grant ought never to be shunned.
b) that is not a handsome man.
c) here is a recipe for General Tso's Chicken!

General Tso's Chicken

Serves 2 to 3 as part of a multi-course meal

1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs
6 dried red chilis
2 teaspoons minced ginger
2 teaspoons finely chopped garlic
3 cups peanut oil for deep-frying
2 cups cornstarch
1 big pinch white sesame seeds, for garnish
Scallions, thinly sliced, for garnish

2 teaspoons dark soy sauce
2 teaspoons sesame oil
1 egg yolk

1 1/2 tablespoons tomato paste, mixed with 1 tablespoon water
1 teaspoon cornstarch
3 teaspoons white sugar
2 teaspoons dark soy sauce
1 teaspoons rice vinegar
3 tablespoons chicken stock or water

Mix ingredients for marinade. Slice chicken into 1-inch cubes and add to marinade mixture. Let sit for 15 to 20 minutes.

Mix ingredients for the sauce. Set aside.

Drip excess marinade off the chicken, and toss cubes in the 1 cup cornstarch. Shake off excess cornstarch before frying.

Add about 2 inches of peanut oil to your wok. Heat wok until just smoking, then add the first batch of chicken cubes and deep-fry until cooked through, about 4 to 5 minutes. Remove chicken with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Repeat with the rest of the chicken.

Drain all but 1 tablespoon of oil. (You can pour the oil into a heatproof container and save for later use.) Reheat wok over medium-heat heat. Add dried chilis, garlic, and ginger to wok and stir-fry until chilis begin to blacken and become fragrant, about 1 minute. Add sauce mixture and stir until thickened, about 1 to 2 minutes. Return chicken to wok and stir well to coat with sauce. Transfer chicken to serving dish. Garnish with white sesame and scallions. Serve with white rice and vegetables.


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kelvin freely said...

that foto of you todd is pretty good. uncomfortably good. I'm not sure why.