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Strange Flavor Chicken

See, I really do care what you guys think! You voted Strange Flavor Chicken as the dish I should learn to make first, and happily enough it's both an appetizer and not that complicated. I wish you were here to share it with me.





The curious name "strange-flavor" derives from a bizarre but deeply satisfying combination of salty, sweet, sour, nutty, hot and numbing flavors, says Fuchsia Dunlop, the author of my new cookbook. (Honestly, I'm gonna start a Fuchsia Dunlop fan club...)

The combination is all in the black sauce you see: sugar, salt, soy sauce, black vinegar, black sesame seed paste, chili oil, sesame oil, and Szechuan pepper (Tieyu's magic powder).

A little mound of cold scallion slivers, a little mound of cold poached chicken meat, a healthy drizzle of the thick, black sauce that strikes you as rich and nutty till the chili oil and peppers hit.



Oh my God, it was fabulous!

My sister stopped by and we ate the whole plateful. Enormously satisfying, incredibly flavorful. And, my vegetarian friends, you know what? I think this sauce might be just as nice with tofu.

Next up: hot and sour soup.

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vampirefan
Jul. 9th, 2007 04:41 am (UTC)
mmmmm... that looks strangely delicious!

*snicker*
emeraldsedai
Jul. 9th, 2007 04:43 am (UTC)
Hee! It really is strangely delicious.
silk_knickers
Jul. 9th, 2007 05:00 am (UTC)
I like the plate that it's on. Very cute. As for the food itself, it does sound strange, but good. Or at least, interesting.
emeraldsedai
Jul. 9th, 2007 05:08 am (UTC)
I love my lily-pad plates.

Seriously, this strange-flavor sauce is delicious. I had quite a bit of trepidation offering it to my sis, but once it's on the chicken, and with the cold strips of scallion, it is absolutely a wonderful mouthful of flavor.

Your icon scares me.
wedjateye
Jul. 9th, 2007 09:20 am (UTC)
Beautiful presentation. I'm glad the 'strange flavour' turned out to be delicious.
emeraldsedai
Jul. 9th, 2007 02:59 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Me too. I've got leftovers for my lunch today. Woo hoo!
altariel
Jul. 9th, 2007 10:39 am (UTC)
*drools*
emeraldsedai
Jul. 9th, 2007 02:56 pm (UTC)
Hee! *hands altariel a napkin*
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emeraldsedai
Jul. 9th, 2007 02:50 pm (UTC)
Yup. Fuchsia Dunlop--the only Westerner ever to be admitted to the professional cooking school in Chendu, Szechuan Province.

She writes for the Times and the Guardian, I think, and tests her recipes in her London kitchen.

I bet she has sisters called Hydrangea and Honeysuckle.
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emeraldsedai
Jul. 9th, 2007 05:57 pm (UTC)
On my way in to work this morning, after writing that comment, I passed a whole garden full of crocosmia in bloom. Also known as Lucifer. Maybe there's a Dunlop brother...
roxymissrose
Jul. 9th, 2007 02:24 pm (UTC)
I meant to vote for the glutinous balls, but this looks awfully tasty! What a lovely presentation! *G*
emeraldsedai
Jul. 9th, 2007 02:43 pm (UTC)
Oh, the glutinous balls will be on the menu one of these days! I'm encouraged by the success of this first try. I envision a feast: strange flavors, balls, and all.
silent_sensei
Jul. 9th, 2007 11:23 pm (UTC)
Wow! That looks awesome!
emeraldsedai
Jul. 9th, 2007 11:26 pm (UTC)
Well thanks! It was. I just ate the rest of it for my lunch. I consider the experiment a complete success.
llaras
Jul. 9th, 2007 11:41 pm (UTC)
*bookmarks*!
emeraldsedai
Jul. 9th, 2007 11:56 pm (UTC)
Hello! Hope you had a lovely birthday.
llaras
Jul. 10th, 2007 10:57 pm (UTC)
I really really did. :-)
scarletlillys
Jul. 13th, 2007 05:49 am (UTC)
The Things I Cannot Change
I have heard good things about your fic "the things I cannot change" but it is friends locked. Any chance you would allow me to see it? I would really appreciate it. Lex is definately my favorite fandom character.
emeraldsedai
Jul. 13th, 2007 05:55 am (UTC)
Re: The Things I Cannot Change
I'm pleased you'd like to read it. I think I actually removed it from LJ, but there are two archives where you can read it:

Firefly's Glow: http://firefly.populli.org/archive/8/thethings.shtml

and

Smallville Slash Archive: http://www.smallville.slashdom.net/archive/37/thethings.html

Hope you enjoy it! Thanks for asking.
scarletlillys
Aug. 1st, 2007 01:56 am (UTC)
Re: The Things I Cannot Change
Thats wonderful, thanks
str8ontilmornin
Jul. 14th, 2007 07:34 am (UTC)
U-Ma-Mi, U-Ma-Mi!!! You covered all the bases. That looks and sounds delicious. Congrats.
emeraldsedai
Jul. 14th, 2007 07:42 am (UTC)
And all without resorting to MSG. I'm very proud.
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