Culture Street

Food

Popcorn Chicken with Basil

On September 11, 2015

SERVES 2–4
PREPARATION TIME: 20 MINS
COOKING TIME: 10 MINS

Taiwanese food is a great mix of local dishes with influences from China, Japan and Southeast Asia.
Popcorn chicken is a popular street food in Taipei, and once you try it you’ll see why. The crunchy
texture of the sweet potato flour coating is incredible.

INGREDIENTS
600g boneless chicken thigh fillets, preferably skin-on, cut into 3cm pieces
3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
1 tsp grated ginger
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp Shaoxing wine
2 tsp sugar
½ tsp Chinese five spice powder
1 cup sweet potato flour
2 litres oil, for deep-frying
1 cup loosely packed Thai basil leaves

Spice salt
1 tbsp salt
¼ tsp Chinese five spice powder
¼ tsp white pepper
A pinch chilli powder

METHOD
1. Combine the chicken with the garlic, ginger, soy sauce, Shaoxing wine, sugar and five spice powder and set aside to marinate for at least 10 minutes.

2. Coat the chicken pieces in the sweet potato flour and shake off any excess.

3. Heat the oil in a wok or saucepan. When the oil reaches 150°C scatter the basil leaves into the wok and stir for about 20 seconds, or until the basil turns translucent. Remove the basil from the wok and drain on absorbent
paper.

4. Increase the heat of the oil to 170°C and fry the chicken in batches for about 3 minutes, or until golden brown and cooked through, regularly skimming any floating flour bits from the oil.

5. For the spiced salt, mix the ingredients together and toast in a dry frypan over low–medium heat for 2 minutes, or until fragrant. Toss the chicken with the fried basil leaves and season with a good pinch of the spice salt.

Serve immediately.

NOTES
Sweet potato flour is sometimes sold as ‘tapioca flour’. It’s available from Asian grocers. The Taiwanese variety is a coarse-textured but light flour that gives the characteristic crumbly texture to this dish. You could substitute cornflour or rice flour but it won’t quite be the same.
When deep-frying, skimming oil is a really important step that many people overlook. It preserves the oil by keeping it clear, and stops burnt flavours creeping in to later batches.

Adam Liaw's Asian Cookery SchoolRecipe and images from Adam Liaw’s Asian Cookery School by Adam Liaw, published by Hachette Australia, $49.99. Buy the book here.

You Might Also Like

Food

Mocha cake with chocolate ganache

There’s no reason to deprive yourself, or those you love, of a chocolate fix when you can make this seriously easy, yet beautifully presented cake. If pomegranates are not in...

On June 2, 2017

Food

Mile High Pavlova

This is a fantastic dessert or celebration cake. I make it a lot as it has become the signature dish for my cookery school, Take 2 Eggs. It’s nowhere near...

On April 10, 2015

Food

Retro Wedge Salad

Here’s a superfood spin on this popular salad of days gone by. The hemp- and nut- based dressing is every bit as yummy, and full of protein and fibre.

On January 29, 2016
 

Food

Spicy Pork Tacos with Salsa

Serves 4

On March 21, 2014

Food

Rosewater Pistachio Meringues

We whip up a lot of custards at Jamface, and the tons of surplus

On December 1, 2017

Food

Mocha cake with chocolate ganache

There’s no reason to deprive yourself, or those you love, of a chocolate fix when you can make this seriously easy, yet beautifully presented cake. If pomegranates are not in...

On June 2, 2017
 
Copyright © 2012 - 2018 Culture Street
Contact: info@culturestreet.com.au