Orange chicken is a Chinese take-away favourite. It’s batter coated, deep fried pieces of chicken, with a fairly thin coating of sweet and spicy orange-soy sauce. I decided to create a stir-fried version of this dish, to avoid the deep frying. I know, I’m not always proud of my healthy food choices, but who needs deep frying when a dish tastes this good with one third of the oil. I also made it a bit more saucy so that you can feel the sweet, tangy, spicy, orangey sauce in every bite, and not just a hint of it. This dish can be done in half an hour. Serve it with rice but plain is also fantastic. This beats Chinese take-away any day. Continue reading
Yes, this is indeed the salt and pepper squid recipe you order from your local Chinese take-away, only better. I worked hard for this recipe but I have no regrets. I wanted to achieve a crispy coating on the squid, not too thick so as not to absorb too much oil. Continue reading
Can’t say no to sticky, spicy chicken wings. These are basted in hoisin sauce and have a subtle orange flavor. Serve as part of a chinese meal or (even better) in front of the TV with a cold beer and lots of table napkins.
Ingredients for the sauce:
- 5 Tbs Hoisin sauce
- 1 Tbs orange marmalade
- ½ cup soft brown sugar
- 2 red chillies, chopped without seeds
- 3 Tbs ginger, finely chopped
- 4 garlic cloves, crushed
- ¾ cup tomato ketchup
- 1 Tbs cornflour dissolved in 1 Tbs water
- salt to taste
- ½ tsp chilli powder (optional, if you like the heat)
Mix all the ingredients for the sauce, except the chilli powder, in a small saucepan. Bring to boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. Lower the heat and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring, until sauce thickens slightly. Put hot sauce in a blender, add salt to taste and blitz until smooth. Taste the sauce at this stage and add the chilli powder if you think it needs more heat. I always add it, but I do like my wings HOT! Let the sauce cool to room temperature. You can keep sauce covered in the fridge at this stage, for up to two weeks.
Preheat oven to 175 C (350 F). Wash the wings and pat dry with paper towels. Put them in a large bowl and mix with about one cup of the sauce. Stir well to coat. Line one or two baking sheets with foil, depending on how big your oven is. Spread the wings in the baking pan (or pans). Wings must be cooked in one layer and not too crumped. Bake for 50 minutes basting with the extra sauce 2-3 times, until cooked through and caramelized. Serve immediately with fresh coriander and the napkins.