The steps are pretty simple.
First, fry the ingredients to release the flavour. Second, fry the meat till
golden brown. Finally, add the stock for slow braising.
There are different types of stock you can use for red cook, such as water, veg soup, chicken soup, beer and coke. For example, duck with
beer is another popular Chinese dish. Once you learn how to apply it, you
may try different stocks to make a change for your daily meals.
In this Chinese chicken recipe, diet coke is used. Since diet coke is sweet, you
don't need to add any sugar.
remove chicken skin (if prefer) and chop chicken things into small chunks. why small size? Because it helps the meat get more flavour.
Cut one inch long leek, slice it into a thin thread.
Cut and slice the ginger.
Heat the frying pan until it is very hot.
Add oil and wait till high heat.
Fry the sliced leek, ginger and chilli bean paste
for 1-2 minutes.
Add chicken to fry. Add dark soy sauce and salt. Fry
for 5-10 minutes till the meat turns to red brown.
Move the meat to a big sauce pan. You may
not need this step. I do this because I want to cook other dishes at the same time.
Add diet coke, cover about 2/3 of the meat. (No need
to cover all meat because chicken is easy to cook. If you add too much stock, you may
end up with lots liquid left in the dish.)
Cover the lid, slow cook with medium heat for
about 30-40 minutes till the meat is tender and easy to be removed from the
You may adjust the cooking time depending on the
heat of your cooker. But slow cooking is recommended.
You may stir the chicken during cooking to mix
the flavour, also check how much liquid left. The ideal case is when
there is very little, or even no liquid left. As you will see the dish becomes
bit sticky (thicken up?), and there is bit oil coming out as well. The smell becomes nicer at this
stage. That’s the results we want.
To speed up the process, you may use a pressure
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