White Cut Chicken (Chinese Poached Chicken)

White Cut Chicken (Chinese Poached Chicken)
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This is a Cantonese poached chicken that is served cold with a Spring Onion & Ginger Oil dipping sauce. The 'White' part of the name comes from meaning plain, as in minimal ingredients. The 'Cut' part comes from meaning the while chicken is simply cut into pieces with a cleaver, not separated at the joints like in the western part of the world. This sounds absolutely delicious for a lunch or light dinner.
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
White Cut Chicken (Chinese Poached Chicken)
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This is a Cantonese poached chicken that is served cold with a Spring Onion & Ginger Oil dipping sauce. The 'White' part of the name comes from meaning plain, as in minimal ingredients. The 'Cut' part comes from meaning the while chicken is simply cut into pieces with a cleaver, not separated at the joints like in the western part of the world. This sounds absolutely delicious for a lunch or light dinner.
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Ingredients
For the Chicken
For the Spring Onion & Ginger Oil Dipping Sauce
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Remove the head and feet from the chicken, rinse it inside and out and place in a large pot. Add the spring onion, ginger, peppercorns, and cooking wine.
  2. Add water to the pot to just cover the chicken. Bring to a boil and hold that for 8 minutes (a few minutes longer if you have a larger chicken), then turn off heat, leave on the burner, and cover for 20 minutes.
  3. In a large bowl fill with cold water and ice, remove the chicken from the pot, set the pot and broth aside, and place in the ice water and soak for several minutes, turning it often to ensure the chicken is completely cooled. Remove and drain residual water, place on a cutting board and brush the skin with sesame oil.
  4. To cut the chicken, use of a large cleaver is highly recommended as the weight of the knife is helpful. The chicken has to be completely cooled in order to cut to get smooth edges. Basically remove the legs at the thigh joint, then cut each thigh from the leg, then cut each leg in half. Remove the wings and separate each wing at the joints. Cut the remaining chicken in half, cut each half into large pieces.
For the Spring Onion & Ginger Oil Dipping Sauce
  1. In a small heat proof bowl, mix together the ginger, chopped spring onion greens. and coriander.
  2. Heat the oil in a small saucepan or wok, and the spring onion whites when the oil is hot and saute until the whites are just starting to brown and they are aromatic.
  3. Pour the hot oil into the bowl with the other ingredients and mix. Add two tablespoons of broth from the pot the chicken was in. Season with a pinch of salt or to taste and mix well.
  4. Serve the dipping sauce as a side for the chicken, enjoy.
Recipe Notes

I cannot really remember what a whole chicken in the market costs, I think 150 or 200 Baht. Going with 200 Baht, 2 servings is about $2.95 per serving, which I think may be on the high side. I will verify price and servings when I make this.

This recipe for White Cut Chicken (Chinese Poached Chicken) is from China Sichuan Food.

Lion’s Head (Chinese Meatballs)

Lion's Head (Chinese Meatballs)
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Also known as Four-Joy Meatballs, these are popular during holidays in China. These are typically larger meatballs that are deep fried, and this is a braised version, but these can be steamed or added in soups.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
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Also known as Four-Joy Meatballs, these are popular during holidays in China. These are typically larger meatballs that are deep fried, and this is a braised version, but these can be steamed or added in soups.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
For the Braising Sauce
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, mix together the salt, eggs, corn starch, ginger, and spring onion. Add the pork and using a large sturdy spoon, stir the pork in one direction until it absorbs the liquids and is sticky. This takes several minutes of stirring. Then add the water chestnut if using and mix that in as well.
  2. Pour about 4 cups of cooking oil into a medium sized deep pot and heat it to just before smoking then reduce heat to medium.
  3. While the oil is heating, form the meatballs, about 8 meatballs is the goal to achieve, form each ball about 2 or so inches in diameter. Squeeze together for a firm meatball.
  4. When the oil is hot, carefully using a slotted spoon, lower one meatball into the pot and cook for 2-3 minutes or until the meatballs are just starting to get browned, remove and set aside, continue cooking all remaining meatballs.
  5. Prepare another pot and add the Braising ingredients then add the meatballs and heat on a simmer for 20 minutes, if the liquid does cover the meatballs, use a spoon and scoop and pour the liquid from time to time over the meatballs.
  6. Lay some lettuce leaves in two serving bowls and divide the meatballs between the bowls, serve.
Recipe Notes

The pork is about 35 Baht/500 grams, for 2 servings, this is about 50 cents per serving.

Variant: You can fry the meatballs instead of deep frying but you will need to increase the cooking time.

This recipe for Lion's Head (Chinese Meatballs) is from China Sichuan Food.

Chinese Tomato Fish

Chinese Tomato Fish
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This sounds really good. This tailored version of a popular Sichuan water boiled fish soup dish and this is the non spicy version. Now unless you can get your hands on a 1 kilo Grass Carp (you have to clean yourself), go with any 750 grams of boneless and skinless whitefish fillets, which is my plan. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 1 hour
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 1 hour
Cook Time
30 minutes
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This sounds really good. This tailored version of a popular Sichuan water boiled fish soup dish and this is the non spicy version. Now unless you can get your hands on a 1 kilo Grass Carp (you have to clean yourself), go with any 750 grams of boneless and skinless whitefish fillets, which is my plan. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 1 hour
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 1 hour
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
For the Fish & Marinade
For the Soup
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In large bowl, whisk together the corn starch, cooking wine, spring onion, ginger, salt and pepper, and egg white. Add the fish slices and marinate for 1 hour.
  2. When the fish is ready, peel the tomatoes and dice. In a large pot on medium heat 2 tablespoons of oil and add the spring onion and garlic until aromatic, add the diced tomatoes and reduce the heat to low and cook for about 7 to 10 minutes until the tomatoes are soft and lots of juice is released. Add 8 cups of hot water and simmer for 20 minutes.
  3. Add the celery, red onion, and mushrooms and cook for another 10 minutes, season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Turn up the heat to medium and add the fish slices and marinade and stir, cook for about 30 seconds to 1 minute or until the fish slices turn white, remove from heat and carefully pour into a large serving bowl.
  5. Optional, heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a small pan or wok until slightly smoking and pour into the soup.
  6. Sprinkle coriander and and spring onion on the top and serve.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Variant: For a spicy version, add 2-4 chopped red Thai Bird's Eye Chilies, stems removed, to the oil in Step 5, then mix into the soup after pouring on top.

This recipe for Chinese Tomato Fish is from China Sichuan Food.

Chinese Steamed Chicken

Chinese Steamed Chicken
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Sounds very good. If you have a steamer basket for your rice, perfect, use that, or use any steaming method you prefer. On my to cook list for sure.
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
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Sounds very good. If you have a steamer basket for your rice, perfect, use that, or use any steaming method you prefer. On my to cook list for sure.
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Ingredients
For Marinating
For the Dipping Sauce
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. For the chicken you can use half a chicken or chickens parts to your liking, I will use legs and thighs when I make this. You would want about 500-750 grams of chicken.
  2. Clean the chicken and then spread the marinating sauce evenly on both sides. Lay ginger shreds and green onion shreds over to marinate at least 30 minutes.
  3. Then place in your steamer. I am going to use my rice cooker steamer tray. If you are using a steamer with wok or pot, steam with high heat for around 20 to 30 minutes until soft (or you can easily insert a chop sticker in). Transfer out and cut into chunks of your favorite size. Sprinkle with spring onion.
  4. While the chicken is steaming, prepare the dipping sauce. In a small sauce pan, heat up 1 tablespoon sesame oil and stir fry chopped garlic and spring onion until aromatic. Then add oyster sauce, light soy sauce, and water. Mix well and bring to a boil. Transfer to dipping bowls and cool down a little bit. Serve the chicken with the dipping sauce and rice on the side.
Recipe Notes

If using 500 grams of quarters (separated before or after steaming), this would cost 37 Baht. For 2 servings, this is about 54 cents per serving.

This recipe for Chinese Steamed Chicken is from China Sichuan Food.

Shanghai Style Braised Pork Belly

Shanghai Style Braised Pork Belly
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Sounds tasty indeed! On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Shanghai Style Braised Pork Belly
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Sounds tasty indeed! On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil and blanch the pork pieces for a few minutes, this will start the cooking process, after a few minutes, remove the pork with a slotted spoon and set aside, discard the water.
  2. Using a non stick skillet (the slightly rounded one) add the oil and sugar on low heat. When the sugar is dissolved or melted into the oil, add the pork and increase the heat to medium and cook, turning the pieces often to get a light browning on them.
  3. Once browned, reduce heat to a low simmer and add the cooking wine, soy sauces, and the 1 cup of water and stir the pork around a bit then cover and simmer for 45 minutes to an hour until the pork is fork tender, stirring often to prevent burning. Add additional water if the skillet is too dry.
  4. When the pork is tender and if there is a lot of liquid in the skillet, uncover and increase the heat to medium to thicken and reduce the sauce. Then pour into a serving dish, sprinkle the spring onions on the top and serve with rice on the side.
Recipe Notes

The pork belly will cost about 65 Baht/500 grams. For 4 servings, this is about 48 cents per serving.

Provided by The Domestic Goddess Wannabe and the link to this recipe is here.
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