Monday, August 23, 2010

Ginger Chicken (炒姜鸡)

If you have came to London before you know exactly how costly it is to eat out. However, it is fairly cheap if you can cook your own meals as there's an array of items that you can get cheaply from the supermarket.

Chicken wing is one of those good value; last week when I shopped at Sainsburys - i was surprised to see that the fresh (not frozen) chicken wing goes for just £1.70/kg. By comparison, the chicken breast is exorbitantly priced at £14/kg. I asked around, and found that the British does not like anything that has bone, never mind which taste better. Haha, that explained why even the KFC here has boneless chicken in their menu.

One man's poison is another man's meat, so i gladly buy what the brit doesn't want. The first thing came to mind as I was in the aisle was to cook Mary's Chicken and Ginger Stir-fry which i read from her blog recently.

It reminds me of my mum's 姜葱鸡(chicken with spring onion and ginger). Since the spring onion is quite ex (well, for that matter, all asian veg cost a bomb here), i skipped that, and just make do with the ginger. It is also costly but I reasoned that since it can be kept for at least a week or 2, it makes sense to buy ginger instead of spring onion if i can only choose 1.

The below here is what I did but i believe each of us have our own version.

The portion below feeds 2


8 pc chicken wings
1 yellow onion chopped
10 slices ginger, shredded
cooking oil

2 tbsp light soya sauce
1 tbsp oyster sauce
1 tbsp chinese cooking wine (or XO/brandy)

1. Stir fry ginger and onions in 2 tbsp of hot oil till fragrant.
2. Add in chicken pieces and fry for about two minutes.
3. Add in the rest of the marindae + 1 cup of water and let it boil for a while.
4. Cover and turn down fire and let it simmer for about 30min or till gravy thickens. Add salt to taste.
5. Serve hot with white rice and enjoy.


MaryMoh said...

Your ginger chicken looks very delicious. The sauce poured over rice would be very delicious....mmmm. Thanks very much for the mention. Hope you enjoy your stay in London. It's really interesting that people here don't like meat with bones like chicken thighs, drumsticks and chicken wings. Good for us :D Enjoy your shopping and cooking.

Cookie said...

Hi Mary,
thanks for your inspiration! Yes, we are happily picking up what the local dun want, liver included!!!

mui mui said...

i can't help salivating looking at the attractive dish. i suppose it will be heaven-licious if sprinkled with 花雕酒. is it expensive to get that in London? need me to bring a bottle in for you (or rather, frankly, for myself during my visit... sheepish laugh......)

Cookie said...

花雕酒 is quite ex compare to the price u pay in SG. You prob pay abt 3 times more in London.

Well for that matter, all chinese food stuff cost more here.

I will greatly appreciate if you bring one along at your trip but let's see - u dun wan to end up paying for excess baggage!

Blessed Homemaker said...

During my hubby's school days in Australia, some of his schoolmates will actually ask the staff for some "boney" food stuff (can't remember what was it exactly). The angmohs don't eat and it's to be discarded. His Asian schoolmates told the butcher it's for their dog. Like you've said, "One man's poison is another man's meat".

Cookie said...

Hi BH,
Your hubby's gang is smart; if not for mentioning its for the dog, the butcher may charge for those stuff.

Actually I am also looking for the "boney" stuff like chicken carcass or the pork bone - it is great for making soup or stock!
But first I have to find a butcher, not supermarket!

Blessed Homemaker said...

The boys got it from the supermarkets.