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Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Char Siu Chicken

about 2 pound of chicken meat
2 tbsp Char Siu sauce
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp Chinese cooking wine
1 tsp Chinese five spice
1 tsp chili oil
1 tsp sesame seed oil
1 tsp sesame seeds
1/4 cup fresh green onions, chopped
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

  1. Cut off all excess fat in chicken. Mix 1 gallon of water, 1/2 cup salt, 1/4 sugar in a *large* mixing bowl. Soak the chicken in the mix for 1-2 hours. Warning: do not soak for more than 2 hours.
  2. Mix evenly in a smaller mixing bowl: Char Siu sauce, soy sauce, cooking wine, five spice, chili oil, sesame seed oil, green onions, and cilatro. Marinade should be "soupy".
  3. Take out chicken from brine, put chicken in marinade and let sit for at most 2 hours. Rule of thumb: the smaller the chicken pieces, the less time it needs.
  4. After marinating, the chicken can be baked or stir-fried.
* This recipe also works for pork.


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