Karaage Japanese Fried Chicken

Stuff

  • 300g boneless chicken thighs – preferably skin-on
  • 3 Tblsn soy sauce
  • 1 tspn cooking sake
  • 1 tspn shin-mirin (or Maple syrup or Agave or runny honey)
  • 5g fresh ginger, grated
  • 2 cloves garlic, grated or crushed

  • 1/4 cup potato starch, to coat
  • cooking oil, for frying

    to serve:

  • japanese mayonnaise
  • lemon wedges

Method

  • Cut chicken into bite-size pieces – leaving a little skin/fat on for extra crispiness.
  • Combine the ginger, garlic, soy sauce, mirin and cooking sake in to a bowl. Add the chicken, coat well, and allow to marinade for 30 minutes.
  • Drain any excess liquid from the chicken. Coat evenly with potato starch – I shake in a plastic bag.
  • Heat some cooking oil in a pan to around 180°C – Fry 3-4 pieces at a time for 3-4 minutes until they are deep golden brown colour, then remove and allow to drain on a wire rack or kitchen roll. 

Serve

  • Serve hot or cold with some lemon wedges and a squeeze of Japanese mayonnaise.

Cake Frosting – Butter Icing & Caramel

Butter Icing

Stuff

  • 225g unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 5 ½ cups (650g) icing sugar
  • 1-2 Tbspn whole milk
Flavour Options
  • ½ vanilla bean, seeds scraped out and/or 1 tspn vanilla essence
  • 1 tspn lemon juice and lemon zest
  • 2 Tbspn blackcurrant cordial or berry juice
  • 2 tspn sifted good quality cocoa.
Method
  • Beat butter until light and fluffy.
  • Add icing sugar, ½ cup at a time, beating between additions.
  • Beat in milk, adding a little extra if necessary until a pipeable consistency is achieved.
  • Beat in any flavourings or colourings of your choice – Note : if adding a lot of liquid flavouring or colouring you may need to reduce the milk

Caramel Frosting
Stuff
  • 30g unsalted butter
  • 3 Tbspn whole milk
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • ½ tspn vanilla essence
Method
  • In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter – mix in milk and brown sugar. Boil vigorously for 1 minute.
  • Remove from heat – beat in 1/2 the icing sugar. Cool slightly, and beat in the vanilla and remaining sugar. Add more milk if the mixture is too thick.
Note – will set quite quickly (5 – 10 minutes)

Chocolate Brookies – is it a Cookie or is it a Brownie?

Stuff

  • 350g 70% dark chocolate
  • 45g butter
  • 225g caster sugar
  • 80g cornflour
  • 1 tspn baking powder
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tspn vanilla essence
  • 100g dark chocolate chips – Optional

Method

  • Preheat oven to 180C.
  • Place dark chocolate and butter in a bowl and set over a saucepan of simmering water. Stir to melt and combine. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
  • Combine remaining ingredients in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment and beat until light and fluffy. Add cooled chocolate butter mixture and mix until well combined
  • Spoon Tblsn of mixture onto baking trays lined with baking paper.
  • Optional – Dot the top of the cookies with the dark chocolate chips, pressing gently into the dough.
  • Bake for 12-13 minutes in the preheated oven.
  • Remove from oven and set aside to cool.

Stolen from Harry Foster – Aussie MasterChef

Korean Sticky Chicken – With Spinach, Egg Plant & Cucumber Salads

Korean Sticky Chicken 

Stuff

  • 400 – 500g skinless & boneless chicken – I use thigh. Cut into large bite size pieces
  • 2 Tblsn Korean red pepper flakes (gochugaru)
  • 1 Tblsn vege oil
  • 2 Tblsn soy sauce
  • 1 Tblsn rice vinegar
  • 2 Tblsn honey
  • 1 Tblsn toasted sesame seeds
  • 2 spring onions – fine sliced

Method

  • Put the chicken pieces on a sheet of parchment paper and sprinkle with 1/2 the pepper flakes. Cover with another piece of parchment paper, flip over and sprinkle the other side with the rest of the chilli flakes. Pound the chicken with a meat mallet until each piece is well coated.
  • Heat oil I n a large pan over medium high heat. Cook chicken on each side for two minutes or until chicken is almost cooked through. Set aside.
  • In the same pan over medium heat, add soy sauce, rice vinegar and honey – bring to a boil. Let the sauce bubble for 1-2 minutes, until it thickens slightly.
  • Return chicken to the pan and cook for another 2 minutes – stir to ensure chicken is well coated.
  • Sprinkle sesame seeds –  stir to coat evenly

Stolen from Pickled Plum : www.pickledplum.com/recipe/korean-sticky-chicken-recipe

Spinach

Stuff

  • Couple of bunches of spinach
  • 1 spring onion, chopped
    2 tspn Korean red chili pepper paste
  • 2 tspn soy sauce
  • 1 tspn minced garlic
  • 1/2 tspn sugar
  • 1 tspn sesame oil
  • 1 tspn sesame seeds
  • salt and pepper to taste

Method

  • Trim off the roots from the spinach. Wash thoroughly until there is no sand in the water. Blanch the spinach in salted boiling water until wilted, 30 – 40 seconds.
  • Quickly remove the spinach from the pot and shock in cold water to stop the cooking. Drain and gently squeeze out excess water. Cut into 3-inch lengths.
  • Add the remaining ingredients and mix everything well by hand. It will take about 10 minutes for the flavor of the seasonings to seep into the spinach.

Egg Plant

Stuff

  • 3 medium size Asian eggplants (slender and firm), cut into even 1/4 round 10-15mm cubes
  • 1 to 3 green chili peppers, cut half and into 5-8mm slices
  • 2 Tblsn canola or vegetable oil
  • 1/2 Tbspn Korean red chili pepper paste (gochujang)
  • 1 Tbspn soy sauce
  • 1 Tbspn rice wine (or mirin)
  • 1 tspn minced garlic
  • 1 tspn sugar
  • 1 Tbspn sesame oil
  • 1/2 tspn sesame seeds
  • pinch pepper

Method

  • Heat a pan with the oil over medium high heat. Stir fry the eggplants quickly, about a minute or until the outside starts to soften.
  • Add chili and all the remaining ingredients.  Continue to stir-fry until the eggplants are well coated with the seasonings and the chili is slightly wilted.

Cucumber

Stuff

  • 1 cucumber, thinly slice (2 to 4mm thick)
  • 1 tspn salt
  • 1 Tblsn Korean hot pepper flakes (gochugaru)
  • 2 Spring Onion, chopped
  • 1/2 tspn garlic, minced
  • 1 tspn vinegar
  • 1/2 tspn sugar
  • 1 tspn sesame seeds
  • 1 tspn sesame oil

Method

  • Toss cucumber slices gently with salt and set aside for 15 -20 minutes.
  • Drain excess liquid. (Avoid squeezing them because they will bruise.) Mix well with all of the remaining ingredients

 

Mee Goreng

Stuff

  • 150g dry egg noodles or 300g pre-cooked Udon noodles
  • 2 Tbspn Sriracha
  • juice of 1 good size lime
  • 80ml kecap manis (Indonesian sweet soy sauce)
  • 2 Tbspn light soy sauce
  • 1 – 2 Tbspn oil
  • 200-300g chicken thigh – cut into strips
  • 1 – 2 cloves garlic – sliced
  • 2 eggs – lightly beaten
  • 4 spring onions – thinly sliced
  • 200g Pak Choy – thinly sliced
  • 100g fresh bean sprouts
  • Crispy fried shallots
  • SambaI chilli jam – optional
  • Fine sliced fresh red chilli – optional
Method
  • If Dry noodles – cook as per packet instructions. Drain, rinse & set aside
  • Combine the Sriracha, lime juice, kecap manis & soy sauce – set aside
  • Heat oil in a wok – cook the chicken until 1/2 cooked. Add the garlic & continue to cook until chicken is only just cooked thru. Remove from wok
  • Wipe the wok clean – reheat
  • Add the egg – cook until just cooked. Add spring onion, pak choy, noodles, chicken, and sriracha mixture. Cook, tossing, for 2 minutes or until heated through and everything is well coated in the sauce. Stir through bean sprouts
Serve
  • Divide between serving bowls – Top with fried onions, sambal chilli jam, extra spring onion, and fine sliced fresh red chilli – serve immediately
Serve immediately.

Cubanos – Cuban Sandwich

Stuff

Cuban Mojo Marinated Pork

  • 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 3/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 cup cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup mint leaves, finely chopped
  • 8 garlic cloves, grated
  • 1 Tblsn minced oregano
  • 2 tspn ground cumin
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 kg boneless pork shoulder, skin removed

The Sandwich

  • 4 six-inch soft baguettes, split lengthwise
  • 4 slices of boiled ham
  • 100g butter, softened for brushing
  • Yellow mustard, for brushing
  • 100g  Swiss cheese, thinly sliced
  • 4 mild pickles cucumbers, thinly sliced
Method
Cuban Mojo Marinated Pork
  • In a large ziplock bag, combine olive oil, orange zest, orange juice, lime juice, chopped cilantro, chopped mint, minced garlic, oregano, and cumin – shake it around a bit to mix it up. Add the pork.
  • Marinate in the fridge overnight –  or at least several hours
  • Preheat oven to 220 ° C. Place a pork on a wire rack in a roasting pan.  Salt and pepper the pork well.
  • Roast the pork for 30 minutes. It should be lightly browned.
  • Turn the oven down to 180 ° C. Roast for another 1 hour
  • Wrap in aluminum foil and let rest at least 20 minutes.

Make the Sandwich 

  • Heat a skillet over medium – cook the sliced boiled ham about 1 minute on each side until brown spots start to appear. Remove & set aside
  • Brush softened butter over the cut side of each roll. Add to the skillet and brown the cut side of the bread until it is golden and starting to toast.
  • When the bread is toasted, spread with mustard. Use as much as you like.
  • Layer the sliced pork, browned ham, Swiss cheese slices and sliced pickles. Top with the bread.
  • Brush the top and bottom of the sandwich with butter.
  • Fry the sandwiches in the same skillet or in a George Foreman/panini press – squish down hard. Cook for about 3 minutes. If using skillet – flip the sandwich, squish it again, and cook for another 2-3 minutes or so. Keep an eye on it. You want to outside to be crisp and golden and the cheese melted.

Serve

  • Eat immediately!

From the movie Chef

Zucchini, Basil & Parmesan Soup

Stuff

  • 1kg zucchini, washed and chopped into 2cm pieces
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely sliced
  • 60ml olive oil
  • 500ml chicken stock
  • 150ml cream
  • 100g parmesan, fine grated
  • 1 cup basil, chopped
  • ½ cup parsley, chopped
  • salt and pepper

Serve

  • Ciabatta – for toast
  • EVOO – for drizzle

Method

  • Heat olive oil in a large heavy-based pot over a medium heat – add zucchini and garlic and saute for about 15 to 20 minutes. Cook until zucchini is soft.
  • Add chicken stock – bring to the boil and simmer for 2 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and liquidize until smooth – I use a wand.
  • Return the pureed soup to the pot, along with the herbs, cream and parmesan.
  • Bring soup back to the boil, season
  • Serve immediately with some toasted ciabatta and a drizzle of EVOO

Serves 4 pax

Stolen from – Riverstone Kitchen, Oamaru