Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Ginger Sesame Chicken with Coriander


If there is such a thing as Three Cup Chicken with basil leaves, I am sure there can be such a thing as chicken with coriander leaves. 

I happen to adore coriander (cilantro) and you will find me pinching coriander that is used to garnish dishes like steamed fish and steamed chicken when eating out. I can't get enough of it. I used to ask the chicken rice man for extra coriander when I tapau chicken rice. 

My late grandma was also a fan of coriander. She used to eat it like ulam (raw vegetable side dish) when having her meals. 


This is the first time that I cooked ginger chicken using purely sesame oil. I used to mix regular cooking oil with sesame oil but after my experience with Ginger Fried Rice, I am not afraid of sesame oil anymore.

Let me show you my favorite sesame oil.



But I can't find this anymore, so I bought this one.


I still prefer the first one but this will do. 

So, after the chicken was full cooked, I turned off the stove and stirred in the coriander. One whole bunch of it. I know, those of you who dislike coriander will go eeeeuuwwww!!!


But to me, the combination of sesame oil, ginger and coriander is yummmehhh!!! I can eat two plates of rice with this. 











Ginger Sesame Chicken with Coriander
Recipe source : Phong Hong

Ingredients :
- 900g chicken, chopped into bite sized pieces
- 4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
- 2 tbsp light soya sauce
- 1 tsp sesame oil

- 1 thumb sized ginger, peeled and cut into slices
- 1 tbsp light soya sauce
- 1 tbsp dark soya sauce
- Sesame oil for frying
- one bunch of coriander leaves

- 1tsp tapioca starch + 2 tbsp water (for thickening)

Method :
1. In a bowl, mix the chicken, garlic, soya sauce and sesame oil. Leave to marinate for one hour.
2. Heat oil in wok and fry ginger until aromatic.
3. Add marinated chicken and stir fry until chicken turns opaque.
4. Add a bit of water and simmer until chicken is cooked.
5. Add light and dark soya sauce and stir to combine.
6. Add the tapioca starch mixture and stir until liquid become thick.
7. Turn off the stove and stir in coriander leaves.

39 comments:

  1. Nice.

    Maybe I can try one day. :)

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  2. We usually fry ginger in sesame oil to cook chicken - soup...or soy sauce with our traditional Foochow red wine, of course. Cilantro is optional.

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    1. Addition of wine would make it even better!

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  3. Anything with Basel leaves are my favorite !!

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  4. So happy to read your post today.. I plan to cook ginger chicken (1 pot rice) this Friday, and now, kebetulan you also post about ginger chicken rice, hou ngam wor! I scroll straight to ingredients, and yeshhhhh, bingo!! I've got all the ingredients you mentioned, and yeshhh, same style.. But my style is cook lightly (until chicken is no longer pink), add water (for some gravy/sauce), then pour into rice cooker with rice, then press "boil"..

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    1. Oh...ginger chicken one pot rice! Very sedap lah that one. I must cook that too. So easy and so delicious.

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  5. I am one of those who will go "ewwwwww"... In fact I will go "yuckkkkkssssss". No coriander or any leafy herbs for me! >.<

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  6. When I saw your post title contained 3 words that I love....ginger, sesame and coriander, I knew I'd love this recipe. I'm like you, I'll be the one who polish off all the coriander on top of the steamed fish and ask the chicken rice seller for more coriander.

    This recipe of yours is almost similar to how I would make ginger chicken (a favourite of mine) but I've never thought of adding in coriander...and now I do. I'm so gonna try this version, thanks! :)

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    1. High 5! There won't be enough coriander to go around if we dined together hee..hee... You won't regret adding coriander to your next ginger chicken dish. You'll love it!

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  7. All the herbal leaves including coriander are my favourites! I thought I have seen this brand Eden Selected at Jason's Grocery @ Bangsar Shopping Centre. Let me browse their shelves on my next visit otherwise you can easily buy online like how the KL expatriates order their stuffs. These days the courier charges from overseas are very reasonable.

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    1. Thanks for the tip! I must explore buying online.

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  8. Looks so delicious! I love ginger with sesame oil.

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  9. I like to eat coriander too but lazy to wash them as I often eat them raw. I remember eating peanuts sweets with coriander too, very nice. Have you eaten those peanuts stucked together by hardened syrup with coriander?

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    1. I've never come across the sweets you mentioned. Where do you buy them?

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    2. The best is here:

      http://www.j2kfm.com/ipoh-ming-yue-confectionery-chinese-peanut-brittle-candy/

      but you can find them in any wet markets too.

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  10. I love this dish but its a pity hubby doesn't like the smell of coriander. Hmm maybe I can try with just a few leaves only....ha ha!

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    1. Nancy, you can dish out his portion first and then add coriander to yours :)

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  11. Yes, I like coriander leaves too... dip them in the steamed fish oil and they taste best in the whole world... hahahaha... yes, I am a bit exaggerating!

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    1. I think they taste best in the world too hee..hee...

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  12. I am also a fan of corriander!

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  13. Hi Phong Hong,
    Yummy dish! Oh I love corriander & spring onions. Used to garnish or cook in some Chinese dishes. But sadly my big kids not like ... sometimes I chopped it finely still they would dig as much out :( Yes I cook something similar often and sometimes add a little brandy.

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    1. Hi Karen! Nice, we are the same. I also love spring onions :)

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  14. I love anything with corriander leaves. I'm sure this ginger sesame chicken can goes with extra rice.

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  15. Phonh Hong, I'm with you...I adore fresh coriander leaves (cilantro is what we call them)...we have a hug abundance of it here at our local Latina market because the Spanish people use it every day in most of their dishes...just like Italians use fresh basil in most of their dishes! Love your creative recipe for the chicken, and to combine it with the sesame oil and ginger, sure was a winner! Will check out your previous posts...since I don't even check my own posts every day, I lose touch with others!

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    1. Glad to hear that, Elisabeth! I can put coriander into practically anything and enjoy it :)

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  16. Can look at my blog to see prices, and nutritional facts of chicken at different grocery stores.

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  17. Hi Phong Hong, any meat dish with ginger and sesame seed oil tastes good. Most times I add spring onions. This dish looks yum yum and I can imagine the nice aroma of the sesame seed oil. BTW, my neighbour just told me that boiling a bunch of coriander with wolfberries [kei chee] as a drink is good for eyesight.

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    1. Hi Kimmy! I agree with you. The ginger and sesame oil combination is fantastic. I also put lots spring onions sometimes and it is appetizing. Oh, I must try the remedy because my eyesight is bad :(

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  18. Hi Phong Hong,
    Coriander is one my top most favourite herbs! When a recipe calls for a cup, I would put 3 cups! Haha! Your chicken looks delicious, and with the coriander, the aroma must be heavenly! Sedaplicious with a bowl of rice and some chili padi condiment at the side!

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    1. Hi Joyce! We are alike, high 5! Yes, with rice and chili padi condiment I can't stop eating hah..hah..

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