Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Chinese Chicken Adobo


Last night's dinner was Chinese Chicken Adobo with the Pea Sprouts as a side dish. I learned this dish from my mother-in-law, Uy Siok Hui (born in China) who had taught me several secrets of chinese home cooking. She was a great cook and I'm so grateful to her for passing on to me this valuable knowledge   She's gone now, but her memory will live forever every time I cook the dishes she had taught me. 

Ingredients
2  pounds chicken - cut into bite-sized pieces 
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon sugar
2 tablespoons dark soy sauce 
4 hard-boiled eggs (optional)


Procedure
Wash the chicken well under running warm to hot water and cut into bite-sized pieces.  Heat the pan on high with the oil and add the garlic until lightly brown.  Add the sugar until melted and caramelized. Add the chicken and cook for about 3 to 5 minutes and then add the soy sauce by pouring slowly all over the chicken.  Add the hard-boiled eggs. Mix well and cover the pan. Cook for another 10 minutes on medium -low heat.  Mix well and continiue cooking.  Do not add water.  Chicken will perspire.  Simmer on low for about 15 to 20 minutes.  *Serve immediately.

*Serve with steamed jazmine rice
*Makes 4 servings
*Tested and tried at Chris' kitchen 04/12/2011 

Pea Sprouts


Pea sprouts are good accompaniment to your main dish, a highly nutritious green vegetable derived from snow peas or snap peas.  They are very rich in vitamins and minerals, high in Vitamin K and Vitamin C, and a good source of Vitamin A. 

Pea sprouts have a mild delicate flavor, crisp, light, and refreshing.  You can eat them fresh, lightly steamed, lightly sauteed, make into a salad, or as a garnishing.  My favorite is stir frying with little oil and garlic. 

Ingredients
8 to 10  cups pea spouts
1 1/2 tablespoon canola oil
2 tablespoons minced garlic
1 tablespoon oyster sauce (optional)
pinch of salt

Procedure
Wash the pea sprouts under cold water and spin dry in a salad spinner. Heat the wok, add the oil and the garlic.  Just cook until lightly brown.  Add the pea sprouts and keep mixing until just about wilted.  Sprinkle salt and add the oyster sauce.  Mix well but do not overcook.

*side dish
*Tested and tried in Chris' kitchen 04/12/2011

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