Three-cups chicken (三杯鸡)

三杯鸡 = 3-cups chicken (literally translate), one of the popular Taiwanese dish.
What does the 3 cups means?
3-cups = soy sauce, sesame oil and Chinese cooking wine/rice wine. The selection of this 3 ingredients are important for the delicious taste. Soy sauce must not be too salty or else it will over-power the others. Sesame oil has to be fragrance, rice wine must not be too mild and it must have a good percentage of alcohol. The ratio used from this 3 ingredients must be equal or else they will over-power each other. This means 2 tablespoon of soy sauce, 2 tablespoon of sesame oil and 2 tablespoon of rice wine.3cup1
Apart from the 3-cups ingredient, there is 2 more: ginger and garlic.
This recipe is chicken (鸡), you can used others like mushroom, seafood or whatever you can think of, be creative.
Here is how I made my 3-cups chicken.

  1. Cut the ginger in slices and smash the garlic.
  2. Heat the oil, add few drops of sesame oil and fry ginger until fragrance.
  3. Add in the garlic, make sure not to burn it.
  4. Add in chicken and cook it (turning it if necessary)
  5. When the chicken is almost done, add in the soy sauce, sesame oil and rice wine.
  6. Add in shimeji mushroom and sweet pepper (punt paprika) – optional
  7. Garnish with Chinese coriander – optional



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