I've said it before many times that I have so many sets of photos that I could not cook or dine out for an entire year and still have something to blog every day. My photos were alphabetized since I tend to blog thematically, but too many posts got buried that way. Recipes languished and restaurants closed before I ever got around to blogging them. So I recently sorted my photos again, this time by date. And lo and behold, this Taiwanese Popcorn Chicken recipe from February 2008 popped up.
I had made this around the same time that I made and blogged my Taiwanese Popcorn Tofu and Japanese Chicken Karaage recipes, but wasn't quite satisfied with the recipe for some reason. But these photos, even taken with the old point and shoot camera, don't look half bad. The texture was fine, I just couldn't figure out exactly the right spices to make it taste like what I get at the tea houses. But here you go anyway, my almost forgotten Taiwanese Popcorn Chicken recipe.
Taiwanese Popcorn Chicken
For two servings as a snack or four servings as a side dish, you'll need:
2 boneless chicken thighs or breasts, cut into 1-inch chunks
1/2 tsp salt
2 tblsp soy sauce
1 tblsp xiao hsing rice wine or mirin
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 to 3/4 cup or so of cornstarch
Oil for deep-frying
For sprinkling on top:
1/2 tsp Chinese 5-spice powder
1/2 tsp chili powder or paprika
Optional: Fry Thai basil leaves for garnishing.
Add all the marinade ingredients together and leave the chicken pieces at room temperature for about half an hour to absorb.
Drain off marinade. Pour cornstarch into a shallow pan or dish. Take each chicken piece out of the marinade and roll it with the cornstarch until covered. Add more cornstarch if needed until the chicken pieces are completely covered.
Heat wok to medium-high and deep fry until lightly golden. Fry up some basil leaves if you wish.
When all the popcorn chicken has been fried, sprinkle Chinese 5-spice powder or chili powder if you wish.
Toss until the chicken pieces are evenly covered in chili powder and 5-spice powder.
Eat this as a snack or serve with rice for a meal.
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Taiwanese Popcorn Tofu
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