Archive | February, 2013

Chinese Cola Chicken

11 Feb

chinesecolachicken001So there I was, reading the student newspaper with my class, when an article on weird foods popped up. One of the foods mentioned therein happened to be Pepsi-chicken flavored potato chips, which are apparently a thing in China. Which is apparently because cola chicken is a popular dish, in some parts of China. Pepsi chicken.  It didn’t sound like a very intuitive combination, but the more I thought about it, the more I actually wanted to try it. I mean, I’d heard of using cola in barbecue sauce, and I’d heard of using it to marinate/tenderize meat. Why not?

So I did.

This was admittedly a complete and utter experiment, based tenuously off of this recipe, and there are a number of things I would do differently if I made it a second time. For instance, googling the appropriate handling of cardamom pods before putting them into a dish, not after. All in all, though, I think it turned out pretty good. It’s sweet, a bit spicy, and has a definite gingery kick. It would be great over a little steamed rice.

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8 Feb

Today was a scattered sort of day. I’ve had a new recipe in mind to try out, but no chance to give it a fair shot until the weekend, so today I ended up revisiting two previous recipes to restock my freezer and burn off excess energy, chickpea falafel and rum double chocolate microwave brownies (made with kahlua instead of rum, this time).


tgif002Sunday happens to be 설날 (Seollal, or Lunar New Year), and a major holiday here. Three day weekends are awesome, right?

Check back for a sweet-and-spicy chicken stir fry, sometime in the next couple of days.  Happy Year of the Snake, everyone!