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How to make Hoisin Chicken Stir Fry

Hoisin Chicken Stir Fry has been roaming my mind for the past weeks. It was late night, I was watching TV and well, instead of airing something more mm scientific, discovery channel was airing a show on this guy who clones recipes from famous franchise restaurants. In this particular episode, he was trying to copy PF Chengs Chicken Mince. РSo as an impulse buyer, I ordered the Hoisin sauce, for a chicken stir fry. Hoisin sauce is sweet, therefore you need to add salt to the chicken even if its a pinch. I did that and then used lemon to add after the chicken was prepared instead of using vinegar.

Hoisin Chicken Stir Fry
Hoisin Chicken Stir Fry

This recipe requires –

  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil – (Olive oil doesnt really go with chinese cooking) – if you want to be healthy, go for peanut oil.
  • 1/2 onion sliced.
  • 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced.
  • Chicken – i prefer my Chinese chicken diced.
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Water
  • Hoisin sauce
  • Dried peanuts or cashews
  1. Heat a pan with 2 Tablespoon of oil, cook the onion, then add the bell pepper and cook it too.  Рremove from the pan
  2. Add the 1 Tablespoon of oil, sprinkle the chicken with salt and pepper and add to the pan. – make sure to move it around when you cook it.
  3. Reduce the heat, add 2 Tablespoons of water and 1/3 cup of Hoisin sauce
  4. Simmer a slight (dont overcook it, the sauce stinks if its overcooked).
  5. DONE – mix in the vegetables which were done, mix it all up and serve on top of rice or eat just like that.

If you want to add these – Some people add peanuts or cashews to their stir fry, this should be done in the simmering process as you don’t want to cook the nuts.

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Review – Five Fat Monks

I will be reviewing my food experience at Five Fat Monks.

First all let me start by saying, I ordered food from here and have not tried the food at the restaurant as of yet. So my review purely is about their delivered food. – Which may vary in some taste but will definitely vary in the ambiance, quality of presentation and freshness of the dish.

I had a Chinese food craving for which I decided to order from Five Fat Monks in Linking Road. To my surprise they also knew about MSG and do not use it in their foods – which is definitively a plus for a Chinese cuisine restaurant. I ordered a pretty balanced meal –

Five Fat Monks - Chicken Yakitori
Five Fat Monks – Chicken Yakitori

The chicken yakitori should not go wrong, however I would say they had left me desiring for better chicken. Sure they tasted okayish – I would rate them 6/10 however, as you can see, that’s how it was delivered to me – quantity is low (definitely low for a ninja’s diet), the sauce is very runny and all at the bottom and the chicken had become soggy in their delivery box. (200 Rupees)

Five Fat Monks - King Kaphrao Rice
Five Fat Monks – King Kaphrao Rice

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The next dish I ordered was their King Kaphrao Rice – Which should be made of Minced Chicken, Basil, Red Chili, Rice and a fried Egg. As for the ingredients mentioned – sure they were all there, but they were limited – apart from the rice. The dish is presented in a manner which could work as a whole meal, but a protein lover will fall short of meat and 1 simple egg. I personally would add more chicken, perhaps a sauce instead of basil and chili and add 2 egg whites to the rice mix to give a better consistency – definitely not worth the 295 Rupees.

Overall score for delivered food – 5/10

 

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