Chicken and black mushrooms braised in soy-ginger sauce

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It starts with the marinade -- a mixture of soy sauce, ginger, sugar, rice wine and white pepper. Into the dark sauce the chicken pieces go where they stay for a couple of hours. Then, the chicken pieces are tossed in corn starch and deep fried just until browned. Not cooked through, at this point, but just shocked in very … [Read more...]

Vietnamese chicken noodle soup (Phở Gà)

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When I watch food shows on TV, I pay close attention to what street cooks do. Not celebrity chefs cooking on a street corner pretending to cook street food. I mean, the real street food cooks because they are the ones who truly have a feel of the food culture of a place.In an episode of a Bobby Chinn show, for instance, … [Read more...]

Chicken lo mein with soy-lemon sauce: fast, easy, tasty

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When Foodie.com was in development, a group of bloggers, myself included, was approached to form the core of the community and we were each asked to contribute three unpublished recipes. This was one of the recipes I submitted. I am republishing it here for the benefit of readers who are not members of the Foodie community. … [Read more...]

How to make: Vietnamese chicken salad

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Think cole slaw but with chicken, nuts and fresh herbs. And with no mayo. Doesn't sound like cole slaw anymore? That's okay. This Vietnamese chicken salad is better than cole slaw.Bias of an Asian? Maybe. Maybe not. With the chicken, this salad is more filling and a large portion can be a complete meal. Then, there's … [Read more...]

How to cook: Oyakodon (chicken and egg donburi)

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First of all, chicken and egg donburi is not the direct translation of oyakodon. According to Nami, "The literal translation of Oyakodon means 'parent-and-child rice bowl.' The typical ingredients include chicken (as in parent), egg (as in child), and onions. The ingredients are simmered together in a sauce then served on … [Read more...]

How to cook: Inasal na manok (grilled chicken, Bacolod style)

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When Speedy asked me once if I knew how to make inasal na manok, I said yes without a second thought. In fact, I was rather surprised because the implication was that inasal na manok is something complicated or that the recipe is a tightly guarded secret. Literally, inasal na manok means roasted chicken, inasal being … [Read more...]

How to cook: Fried chicken, Max’s Restaurant style

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Personally, I didn't grow up with Max's fried chicken. I didn't grow up with Savory fried chicken either. Most people I grew up with associate their childhood with one or the other, or both. I was a Jones' fried chicken girl -- that smaller restaurant beside the original Savory at the foot of Jones Bridge in Manila. It … [Read more...]