Are your taste buds making you crave Pan-Asian cuisine and you can’t head out right away? We have a quick fix for your cravings. The ingredients used to make different types of food are usually the same. The way you utilize those ingredients decides the type of cuisine it’ll turn out to be. You don’t even need to run to the nearest store to grab some missing items. Most of the required items are used in preparing your regular meals every day.
Asian food is very healthy as compared to other sorts of cuisine because of the preparation methods. It is either stir-fried, steamed, or boiled. These methods of preparing Asian food are very healthy and add to the flavor. Most gravies that make Asian food stand out have coconut milk as the main ingredient. This enhances the flavors beyond all measures and adds a unique and delicious taste to everything.
If we speak of Japanese cuisine, the first (and probably the only) item that comes to mind is ‘Sushi’. There is so much more to Japanese food than just sushi e.g crispy tempura or soft tofu etc.
After reading this guide completely, you will start loving Asian food more, because of the easy recipes. You might even end up wanting to surprise your guests with a home-cooked Pan-Asian feast. Here is a quick Asian Halal food recipe for you to try making yourself. Who knows you may even want to pass the recipe on to your friends if it turns out well. Fingers crossed, let’s just get into it without further ado.
Homemade Kung Pao Chicken
One of the most famous Chinese dishes is Kung Pao Chicken. This spicy chicken is somewhat similar to the one that is served in Chinese restaurants. It is super easy to make and you can add as many ingredients as you wish. It will only enhance the taste. One thing we know about Asian cuisine is that you can’t go wrong if you follow some instructions. You can modify anything according to preference and still have an end product that tastes just as good or even better. The watery sauce is stirred until it becomes thicker in texture. Swap cashews with peanuts, and coriander with rosemary. Explore the possibilities and have fun while you’re at it.
Here is a list of ingredients you’ll need to make this awesome dish :
- 2-tablespoons of Cornstarch
- 2 tablespoons of Soy sauce
- 2-tablespoons of sesame oil
- 2 Cups of Rice/ Half packet Of Spaghetti Noodles
- 1 pound of Boneless chicken
- 1 ounce of Hot Chile Paste
- 2 teaspoons of Brown Sugar
- 1 teaspoon of White Vinegar
- 1 can of Water Chestnuts
- 4 ounces of Peanuts
- 1 tablespoon of Chopped Garlic
The first step is to mix cornstarch in a bowl with 2 tablespoons of water. When these two ingredients have been combined, set the bowl aside and proceed to the next step.
The second step is to take a large bowl and add 1 tablespoon each of soy sauce and sesame oil in it. When this is done, add 1 tablespoon of the cornstarch and water mixture to the bowl. After this, cut the chicken pieces into chunks and add them to the bowl. Stir and toss around in the bowl to coat the chicken pieces with the mixture. When the chicken is fully coated, cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
The third step is to mix the remaining ingredients in a medium-sized bowl. Then add chile paste, brown sugar, and vinegar and stir to combine everything. After this add the nuts and vegetables and mix well together.
The next step is to toss the nut mixture into a pan. Heat it slowly over medium until the mixture becomes aromatic in the pan.
While the mixture is being cooked in the pan, take the marinated chicken out of the refrigerator. Then you need to add the chicken to a separate pan. Cook on medium-high heat until it becomes golden brown and the liquid is separated.
The next step after this is to add the chestnut mixture and sautéed chicken to a large pan. Set the heat and mix slowly until the sauce becomes viscous and thick.
This is the last and the most important step. While the sauce thickens, boil the rice or spaghetti noodles, whatever you prefer with your Kung pao. When the sides are boiled (rice/noodles) stain the water out via a large sieve. Pour a few drops of oil over the boiled sides and stir them up to avoid having them sticky. If you prefer sticky rice as the Chinese do, you can skip the oil.
Your extremely delicious homemade Kung-Pao Chicken is now ready. Serve with your choice of boiled sides and fulfill your cravings. Take an Instagram-worthy picture, puff out like the proud little chef that you now are. You deserve to flex on this newly acquired talent.
Nutritional Facts About Kung Pao Chicken
- Calories – 437
- Protein – 34 grams
- Carbohydrates – 25 grams
- Fat – 23 grams
- Cholesterol – 65 grams
- Sodium – 595 milligrams
Note: These nutrients may vary according to the cooking process, and marinating period. Treat yourself to a homemade delicacy you now know how to make. Call your friends over and surprise your guests with a delicious pan-Asian treat that no one can forget. Share this amazing, quick, and easy Asian food recipe with your friends and family.