Sunday, 21 July 2013

Honey Ginger Chicken


There is a dish served at The Magic Wok, Damansara Jaya, which I love a lot. That dish is Honey Ginger Chicken. What I enjoy is picking up the crispy ginger slices which are really delicious coated with the honey sauce. 

I have been wanting to re-create this dish at home for the longest time. But before that I did a search on the internet but I could not find the exact recipe. So I made do with Kylie Kwong's recipe. I did not follow her method exactly but only borrowed the marinade recipe to make the honey ginger sauce.


For the crispy ginger slices, I sliced some young ginger and lightly coated them with cornflour and deep fried them until they were crispy. I deboned two chicken legs and sliced the fillets into bite sizes. I then coated them with cornflour and deep fried the chicken pieces until they were slightly brown and crispy. The deep fried ginger slices and chicken were drained on paper towels.


Then I heated the sauce until it boiled and quickly threw in the fried ginger and chicken pieces, briskly tossing until the sauce thickened and caramelized. I wish that I hadn't added the dark soya sauce as the dish came out quite dark. Upon tasting, it did not taste exactly like The Magic Wok's, but I was not disappointed. The only thing that tasted very close was the ginger slices. Hah! Hah! Of course, the ginger would taste like ginger anywhere :)


I only cooked a small amount of this dish because it was experimental. Perhaps I should visit the Magic Wok again and this time concentrate on tasting and refine this recipe. If anybody has the Magic Wok recipe, let me know, OK? Or if you have a chance to dine there, order the Honey Ginger Chicken. Chances are you will love it unless you are one of those people who don't like ginger :)









Honey Ginger Chicken
Recipe source : Inspired by The Magic Wok and adapted from Kylie Kwong

Ingredients :
- 2 chicken legs, deboned and cut into bite sizes
- 6 inches young ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
- Enough cornflour to coat
- Oil for deep frying

Sauce ingredients :
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 2 tablespoons light soya sauce
- 2 tablespoons Shao Shing wine
- 1/2 inch young ginger, finely crushed
- 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
- 1 teaspoon dark soya sauce (in future I will omit as I find the dish became too dark)
- 2 teaspoons five spice powder
- 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil

Method :
1. Coat ginger slices with cornflour and deep fry until crispy. Drain on paper towels.
2. Coat chicken fillet cornflour and deep fry until crispy. Drain on paper towels.
3. In a clean wok, heat the sauce ingredients until it boils.
4. Add the ginger and chicken into the wok and quickly stir to coat with the sauce.
5. Stir until sauce is thick and caramelized.
6. Serve immediately.


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This post is linked to the event, Little Thumbs Up organised by Zoe of Bake for Happy Kids and Doreen of My Little Favourite DIY and hosted by Alvin of Chef and Sommelier

54 comments:

  1. Ginger and wine are my favourite ingredients. Looks good !

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    1. Hi Doris, ginger and wine is so fragrant and makes food so delish!

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  2. Ooo...that must taste great! I love honey anything...

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    1. Agreed that honey makes everything so good!

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  3. Phong Hong, I love the taste of the cripsy ginger. This dish must be very delicious :D

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    1. Ann, the crispy ginger itself is already so yummy!

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  4. Dear, do you have steamed fish recipe? I really wanna try chinese style steamed fish

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    1. Hi Azie! Oh yes, I do but I have not posted any yet. If you want good steamed fish recipes, do visit Kimmy at http://kimmy-cookingpleasure.blogspot.com/. She has quiet a few steamed fish recipes.

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  5. This dish looked delicious with combination of crispy ginger and honey.

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    1. Hi Cecilia! This is my favourite dish from the restaurant. I was quite happy with this version.

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  6. This dish looks special to me, must be very delicious!

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    1. Jozelyn, this is very delicious dish! I hope you will try it :)

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  7. Love the flavour of ginger & often add them to my chicken dish. Clever use of honey. Will try this in my cooking next time :)

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    1. Hi Shirley, do try this dish because it is very delicious!

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  8. Hi Phong Hong, I would go for the crispy young ginger first then the rest of it.

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    1. Kimmy, me too! When I go to the restaurant, I will sapu all the ginger because that is the best part :)

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  9. Just mouthwatering...looks delicious!

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    1. Thanks, Kalyan! It is a finger licking good dish :)

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  10. i hv not been to the Magic Wok before and to me, i think the colour is good, looks mouthwatering!

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    1. Lena, if you go to Magic Wok you must try this dish. It is my favourite there.

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  11. I have not tried this dish before .It looks interesting I will eat the ginger first

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    1. The ginger is the yummy part. Eat the chicken later hee..hee..

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  12. PH, this dish sounds yummy esp with lots of steam rice. I have drove past the restaurant countless times but have never eaten there before. A new place to try one of these days.

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    1. Esther, the restaurant has scaled down in size to half shop lot now but the food is still the same. Service is a bit slow but in terms of the taste and quality of food, it is good.

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  13. PH, i have drove past this restaurant countless times but have never eaten there before. Another new place to try. This dish sounds yummy with lots of rice!

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    1. Oh yah! In case you go there, don't order the Indonesian Grilled Fish. Find out first how it is done. Last time, it came with a weird tasting curry sauce. That is my only complaint :)

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  14. Another ginger dish! Going by the sauce ingredient list, I'm sure this dish is very flavourful! Power! :D

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    1. Thanks, Alvin! The sauce is pretty good though not the same as the Magic Wok's.

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  15. Oh wow, another lovely ginger dish! I love the combo of ginger and honey. This chicken looks good.

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    1. Thanks, Mich! Ginger and honey seem to go very well together.

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  16. Hi Phong Hong,

    Just reading your description of your honey ginger chicken makes me feel so hungry!!! This combination sounds so wonderful.

    Zoe

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    1. Zoe, the sauce is pretty good though not exactly like the Magic Wok's. I was quite happy with the result and enjoyed the dish very much.

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  17. wow full of flavors dear.. tempting..

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  18. aiyoo, tengok picture pun sedap, kena makan dengan banyak nasi ini ! hehehe..

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    1. Sonia, betul! betul! Tambah nasi dan mesti ada cili padi!

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  19. Yoh, honey ginger chicken, suit my taste buds, hehe!

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    1. Jessie, I know you will love this dish!

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  20. The other day I also cooked a dish with crispy ginger. Really nice ah.. makan so syok.

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    1. Yen, I can just eat the ginger and be satisfied :)

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  21. Phong Hong, i like this dish very much, will bookmark it and try next time.

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    1. Thanks, xing hui! It is a very delicious dish.

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  22. Beautiful, gorgeous, and everything in between!!

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    1. Thanks, cquek! It tasted just like that too :)

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  23. Hi Phong Hong,
    I love ginger! And these looks so yummy! Very nice caramel colour and look so appetizing! Yum!

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    1. Joyce, this is a dish for ginger lovers! Must put more ginger when cooking this dish as it is the star of the show.

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  24. Hi PH, this looks like a very appetizing dish. Must try one day :)

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    1. Do try, it goes so well with rice!

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  25. Hi Phong Hong, I love this ginger chicken. I sure want to hantam all the ginger first cos it look so inviting. LOL

    Best regards.

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    1. Amelia, I will fight with you for the ginger :)

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  26. I happened to married a Chinese guy, and yes, I am learning how to make dishes Chinese style...I guess I have most of the ingredients here and I will definitely give it a try. Thank u PH .. :)

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    1. Hi Yuss Russ! Ah, a Chinese husband and I am sure he will be happy to eat your Chinese style dishes :) Chinese cooking is quite straightforward but tasty. Tak payah tumbuk bahan-bahan dan tumis menumis. Pakat campak-campak jer. Hee..hee...

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  27. Haha, PH...ialah, memang betul...all this while, yuss selalu la kena menumis, tumbuk bawang tumbuk ikan bilis la, and macam macam lagi, but Chinese Style, memang senang, but it is tasty .... dari dulu lagi, masa keje kat KL, yuss sangat sangat suka makan sayuran di restauranr Cina. Tapi susah jugak nak makan dengan tenang, sebab mata semua pasti pandang, tau ajelah masyarakat kat sana, bila restauran tak halal, pasti semua tak bole nak makan...hmmm....but i learn a lot and more open eyes now. Apa pun, yuss love your page, and thank you for your awesome resipe. I promise i will try mana yang senang and lazy style but delicious like you say..hahaha....and thank you so much for visiting my page. Sebab budak2 cuti summer holiday now, yuss tak banyak masa nak update blog. Yuss masih nak learn macam mana nak connect in my circle all you guys wonderful bloggers and homemaker amazing Chef!!! :)

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    1. Thanks, Yuss Russ for your kind compliments! Glad that you like the recipes here. I actually love Malay food and I don't mind all the tumis-tumis. After all, I can campak everything into the blender!

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