Dilmah Seven Star Tea

Spicy Soybean Chicken

Food : Appetisers

Spicy Soybean Chicken

Ingredients

  • 10 portions Crispy chicken*
  • 750g Soybean glaze*
  • 250g Almond, toasted, coarse cut
  • 25g Black sesame seed, toasted
  • 25g White sesame seed, toasted
  • 250g Lychee, canned, drained, each piece cut into 8 pcs
  • 30pcs Coriander leaf
  • 10pcs Sasa bamboo leaf for garnish
  • 10 portions Seaweed french fries*
  • 10 portions Side salad

* Recipe follows

For the crispy chicken (serving portions: 10)

  • 1500g Chicken thigh, boneless, skin on
  • To taste Salt
  • 2kg Tempura batter, light
  • 300g Flour, all purpose, for dusting

For the soybean glaze (serving portions: 880g)

  • 100g Vegetable oil
  • 75g Garlic
  • 30g Ginger
  • 100g Onion, white, small diced
  • 50g Spring onion, chopped small
  • 250g Sake
  • 550g Tea syrup*
  • 75g Gochujang
  • 50g Soy sauce, light

* Recipe follows

For the Dilmah Lychee with Rose and Almond Tea Syrup (serving portions: 1175g)

  • 1000g Water
  • 100g Dilmah Lychee Rose and Almond Tea
  • 500g Sugar (0.75%)

For the seaweed fries (serving portions: 10)

  • 600g French fries
  • 50g Seaweed salt

* Recipe follows

For the seaweed salt (serving portions: 330g)

  • 250g Nori seaweed
  • 75g Sesame seed, white, toasted
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 4 tsp Sugar

Method

Keep the freshly fried crispy chicken aside, but keep warm.

Fry the French fries and season well with the seaweed salt. Set aside, but keep warm.

Using a suitable sauté pan or wok on medium-high heat, add the soybean glaze and bring to a simmer.

Add all of the chicken and toss well. Allow the sauce to reduce and form a glaze over the chicken pieces, being careful not to burn the sauce.

Add the almond, black sesame seed, white sesame seed and lychee. Toss well to combine thoroughly.

Plate the chicken by presenting 10 x 150 g per portion on top of the bamboo leaf.

Sprinkle with the additional lychee, sesame seeds, toasted almond and fresh coriander leaf.

Serve together with the seaweed french fries and side salad.

For the crispy chicken (serving portions: 10)

Prepare the chicken thighs by cutting each piece into 8 pieces, or 3 cm square pieces.

Season well with salt and set aside in the chiller until just before frying.

Prepare a tempura batter using a prepared tempura flour mix. Use cold water and adjust the consistency of the batter to resemble that of heavy cream. The final batter will be more liquid than a traditional tempura batter.

Remove the chicken from the chiller and drain any excess liquid that may have been drawn from the chicken pieces.

Dredge the pieces in flour and dust off the excess.

Cover with the light tempura batter. Use as much as necessary to cover each piece well.

Fry each piece in a deep fryer set at 180C, ensuring that each piece is separate. Fry until fully cooked and the batter is golden brown and very crispy.

Season to taste with salt.

Keep warm until ready to use.

For the soybean glaze (serving portions: 880g)

Place a suitable sautior on medium heat. When hot, add the vegetable oil.

Add the garlic and sweat for 3 minutes, until aromatic.

Add the garlic and continue to sweat for an additional 3 minutes.

Add the onion and the spring onion and continue to sweat for an additional 5 minutes.

Add the sake and allow the alcohol to burn off. Reduce by half.

Add the tea syrup and reduce by half.

Finally, add the gochujang and soy sauce. Mix well and transfer to a suitable container.

Cool the mixture down as per SFSMS and hold under refrigeration until ready to use.

For the Dilmah Lychee with Rose and Almond Tea Syrup (serving portions: 1175g)

Add the water to a suitable sauce pot. Bring to a simmer and remove from the heat. Add the tea and stir well. Cover.

Allow the tea to steep for 3 minutes. Remove the cover and stir again.

Replace the cover and continue to steep for an additional 2 minutes.

Strain well and push lightly on the solids to extract more infused liquid.

Weigh out the resulting tea infusion. Multiply the final weight by 0.75, and add this amount in sugar to achieve a mixture with 75% sugar. example:

  • 675g tea infusion
  • 500g sugar

    Transfer to a suitable container.

    Cool the mixture down as per SFSMS and hold under refrigeration until ready to use.

    For the seaweed fries (serving portions: 10)

    Prepare a dry tray large enough to hold the french fries in one layer. Do not line with paper towels.

    Fry the french fries and allow then to drain of most of the oil, but not all.

    Transfer the french fries to the tray and immediately sprinkle liberally with the seaweed salt to coat each french fry.

    This must be done while the french fries are hot, and contain still a bit of oil. If this step is not followed, the seaweed will not adhere to the french fries well.

    Divide into 10 x 60 g portions.

    Keep warm until ready to use.

    For the seaweed salt (serving portions: 330g)

    Tear the nori into small pieces, roughly 3 cm squares.

    Add them to a food processor or Robot Coup.

    Add the sesame seed, salt and sugar and pulse the mixture until the seaweed in broken down to smaller pieces, roughly 3-4 mm.

    Do not process too fine, as the final mixture should have a coarse texture.

    Taste and adjust with salt and sugar as necessary.

    Transfer to a suitable container and reserve for use later.

    The range of Dilmah Tea used

    • Dilmah t-Series Designer Gourmet Teas

    The variety of Dilmah Tea used in the recipe

    • t-Series Lychee with Rose & Almond