Gochujang Fried Chicken Bites


Gochujang Fried Chicken
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3 people
Servings
3 people
Gochujang Fried Chicken
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3 people
Servings
3 people
Ingredients
Marinade
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons rice vinegar
  • 1/2 cup sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons Gochujang
Batter
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tsp corn starch
Other Ingredients
  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 2-3 cups frying oil vegetable or grape seed oils are fine
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, add the ingredients for the marinade and whisk them together.
  2. Next, whisk together the ingredients for the batter.
  3. Then, cut the chicken into small cubes. Salt the pieces, just a little, and put them in a bowl.
  4. Place the oil in a large pot or wok and heat it up. To know when your oil is hot enough, take one piece of fried chicken that is battered and add it to the oil. If it doesn't bubble up and fry, then wait a few more minutes for the oil to heat up.
  5. When the oil is hot, batter the friend chicken pieces and add them to the oil. Cook the pieces for about 5-7 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to move the pieces around the oil. You will know that the chicken is done when it is white.
  6. Finally, toss the pieces in the marinade and put them on a plate to serve.
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Cinnamon Pancakes with Glazed Pears

Since we arrived in China, I have been craving pancakes. Pancakes are hard to come by in China, so if you’re craving them, you have to make them at home. In my opinion, pancakes should be everywhere in the world, because they are sweet and scrumptious. I don’t eat or make them often, but when I do, I like to try new flavors.

Due to my limited knowledge of spices that are available in China, and ones that would go well with pancakes, I chose to use my favorite spice, cinnamon. Cinnamon is a very versatile spice, and it reminds me of Fall. In my opinion, cinnamon just adds positive notes to a dish.

So, why glazed pears for this dish instead of apples? Well, yesterday I went to the grocery store, and I was set on buying some “apples”. I don’t really eat apples here, because they are a little pricey. While at the grocery store, I saw some “apples” on sale for less than a dollar per kilo. Little did I know that they actually weren’t apples. They were Hosui pears. The pears were light in color, so I thought they were Golden Delicious apples. Anyway, I had to change my original recipe from ” Glazed Apples” to ” Glazed pears”. Needless to say, I was not disappointed. The pears added a flavor the was crisp and sweet.


Cinnamon Pancakes with Glazed Pears
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Cinnamon Pancakes with Glazed Pears
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Ingredients
Dry ingredients for pancakes
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
Wet ingredients for pancakes
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup vanilla yogurt
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
Glazed Pears
  • 1 hosui pear sliced
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/2 mandarin orange
Servings:
Instructions
Pancakes
  1. Combine the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Then, add the yogurt, milk and egg to the dry mixture. Thoroughly mix these ingredients.
  3. To fry the pancakes, heat a frying pan on low heat. Add oil or butter, and 1/4 cup of pancake batter. Allow the pancakes to cook and repeat this process until all of the batter is used.
  4. Set the pancakes in a microwave or oven, without heat. This will allow the pancakes to stay warm.
Pears
  1. To prepare the pears, peel the skins and cut around the core of the pear. Thinly slice the pear and place them in a bowl.
  2. Coat the pears with half of the orange and the sesame oil.
  3. Heat a frying pan on medium heat, and add the butter. Add the pears and the brown sugar. Allow the pears to simmer for two-three minutes.
  4. Serve the pancakes and the glazed pears.
Recipe Notes

*** Make the pancakes before the pears. You want the pears to be hot when served***

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Vegetarian Spring Rolls with Miso and Sesame Vermicelli

I still remember the first spring roll I ever ate. I was in high school and my friend bought a lunch container of spring rolls from the grocery store. I asked him what it was and he let me try one. At the time, I had eaten the fried version of the roll from cheap Chinese restaurants.So, I had no idea what to expect. My first thought was about the wrapper. I did not know that spring roll wrappers were opaque and soft. The roll was filled with vegetables, some I had never heard of, and cooked shrimp. It was paired with a simple ginger and soy sauce. The first bite I took tasted fresh, unlike the fried rolls. In a way, it was unreal how a roll with very few ingredients could taste so good.

Ten years later, I’m living in East Asia and making spring rolls. Surprisingly, the spring rolls that aren’t fried are difficult to find in Nanjing. So, I’ve learned how to make them at home.

At first, I thought making spring rolls was tedious. It does take time to prepare the ingredients before you put them in the spring roll wrapper, especially if you are using an ingredient that needs to be cooked beforehand. When I make them with noodles, I will wait fifteen minutes for the noodles to cool down before handling them. Now that I’ve had more practice, I find it relaxing.

Lately, I’ve been experimenting with fillings to see what works and what doesn’t. Here’s what I’ve discovered:

* Cucumbers and carrots are crunchy and keep well overnight in the fridge.
* Bell peppers are good for spring rolls that you plan on eating now, but they slip out of the spring roll when you try to eat one.
* Seasoned vermicelli noodles allow the spring rolls to become a meal, instead of an appetizer, and you don’t have to make a dipping sauce.

If you have some other ingredients that you enjoy adding to your spring rolls, feel free to tell me in the comment section below.

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Vegetarian Spring Rolls with Miso and Sesame Vermicelli
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Vegetarian Spring Rolls with Miso and Sesame Vermicelli
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Ingredients
  • 1 large carrot peeled
  • 2 small cucumbers peeled
  • 6-8 spring roll wrappers dry
Vermicelli Noodle Sauce
  • 1/2 package vermicelli noodles
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon miso
Servings:
Instructions
Vermicelli Noodles and Vegetables
  1. Peel the carrot and cucumber. Place them in two separate piles.
  2. Cook the vermicelli per the directions on the package. While they are cooking, combine the miso, sesame oil and soy sauce in a bowl. Stir until the miso is no longer lumpy.
  3. When the vermicelli is done cooking, place them in a heat resistant bowl and add the sauce. Mix the noodles until they are covered with the sauce.
Wrapping the Spring Rolls
  1. Place lukewarm water in a shallow bowl or pan. This will be used to soak the wrappers.
  2. Take one wrapper and place it in the water for twenty seconds. On the package, it may say ten seconds, but you really need twenty seconds.
  3. When the wrapper is soft, place it flat on your counter top. Then, add your fillings near the bottom edge of your wrapper.
  4. Next, fold the right side in, followed by the left. Finally, fold over the bottom edge and "tuck in" your ingredients. Continue rolling your spring roll. Once it is rolled, place it on a plate or leave it on your counter top.
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Vegetable Fried Rice (chǎo fàn, 炒飯)

Fried rice is one of the quickest Chinese dishes to make; it’s also one of the cheapest. When making fried rice all you need is rice and vegetables. You can make it with beef, chicken or top it with scrambled eggs. It’s very easy to make, especially for beginner cooks, and it gives me a chance to try some new Chinese ingredients.

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Although I am not a vegetarian, I prefer to eat vegetarian Chinese dishes. I think that most of the sauces and spices used in Chinese cooking compliment vegetables and tofu well. Plus, Chinese vegetables are different from the ones we use in the U.S. The Woks of Life, a blog that focuses on traditional and non-traditional Chinese dishes has a whole glossary dedicated to Chinese vegetables. For this recipe, I decided to keep it simple with carrots and broccoli. However, in the past, I have used bok choy, scallions, bean sprouts, edamame and many other vegetables.

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If you are going to try to make fried rice at home, I suggest that you have everything mise en place. This is a fancy French word meaning “putting in place”. Since you will have to work quickly when cooking the ingredients, it’s almost necessary to put all of your ingredients in separate bowls. If you don’t have everything in place, your food can burn and it will be disastrous, trust me.

Don’t be afraid to make fried rice at home. It’s simple to make and doesn’t require much time or money. Even in Nanjing, it’s cheaper for me to make friend rice at home than buying it at a restaurant. Lastly, it’s an easy way to start exploring the world of Chinese cooking.

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Vegetable Fried Rice
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Vegetable Fried Rice
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Ingredients
  • 6 Chinese spoons soy sauce
  • 2 Chinese spoons sesame oil
  • 3 cups cooked white rice
  • 2 carrots chopped
  • 1 head broccoli cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 white onion diced
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 3 tablespoons oil sunflower or vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pinch white sugar
Servings:
Instructions
  1. In a bowl, mix the sesame oil, soy sauce, white pepper, salt, and sugar together. Set the bowl to the side.
  2. Heat your skillet or wok on medium heat and add the oil.
  3. Next, add the onions and garlic to the skillet and allow them to cook for two minutes. Make sure to consistently move them around the pan so they don't burn.
  4. Then add the carrots and broccoli. Cook for another two to three minutes.
  5. Finally, add the rice and sauce. Mix the ingredients together well. Allow the rice to cool for a minute before serving.
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No Bake Sesame Granola

At times, I wonder if I am the only person who loves to curl up with a bowl of yogurt with granola and peanut butter. I like to wake up, throw them in a bowl and read the news while sipping a cup of coffee. For me, it’s a healthy comfort food and makes me feel at home wherever I’m residing.

Since I moved to China, I haven’t been able to find granola in the supermarket. I’ve gotten used to walking through the cereal aisle, and picking up a bag of Bear Naked Honey Almond Granola. Then, I would walk to the dairy aisle and grab the thickest Greek yogurt. Now, I don’t have those luxuries anymore, but that is okay. I need to find a way to make a new way to make my comfort food.

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Last week, I found walnuts and whole oats in the grocery store. I said to myself “This is my opportunity to make the best granola ever!!”. Without doing any research on if it was possible for me to make granola without an oven, I bought a small bag of walnuts and a large container of oats.

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After my impulse buy of walnuts and oats, I searched to see if anyone had made granola without an oven. I came across  no bake vegan recipes. All of them looked delicious, and I am still willing to try them, but I didn’t have any vegan-friendly ingredients. I decided that I should find steps in granola recipes that didn’t require an oven. Two techniques I found were the toasting of the outs, and the melting of peanut butter and honey. I thought toasting the walnuts and the oats would help create a crunchy texture. Melting the peanut butter and honey together just looked delicious.

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Despite some doubts, and dealing with a crappy frying pan,  it turned out well. The oats had a nice crunch and the sesame oil gave it a nuttier flavor. It wasn’t too sweet and would definitely pair well with yogurt.

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No Bake Sesame Granola
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A very nutty granola recipe that doesn't require an oven. It can be served with yogurt or ice cream.
No Bake Sesame Granola
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A very nutty granola recipe that doesn't require an oven. It can be served with yogurt or ice cream.
Ingredients
  • 1 cup whole oats
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Chop the walnuts into small pieces. You can also use pre chopped walnuts if you have them.
  2. In a bowl, microwave the honey and peanut butter for one minute. Take the bowl out of the microwave, then thoroughly mix the honey and peanut butter together.
  3. Next, to make the cooking a little easier, place the oats and walnuts in seperate bowls. Place those ingredients, along with the penut butter and honey mixture, beside your stovetop. Take a foot long sheet of aluminum foil, or parchment paper,and place it on a countertop. The granola will be placed on the aluminum foil after it's fully cooked.
  4. Warm your pan on low heat and add the oats and walnuts. Make sure to sure them consistently while they are toasting.
  5. After the oats and walnuts are toasted, add the sesame oil. Move the ingredients around the pan for about one minute.
  6. Then, add the honey peanut butter mixture and the salt. Fully coat the oats and walnuts with these ingredients.
  7. Transfer the granola to the piece of aluminum foil, or parchment paper, and spread it out. Allow the granola to cool for five minutes before serving.
Recipe Notes

Store the granola in an air-tight container. It will hold for one week.

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