Google: “Chinese New Year, Spring Festival or the Lunar New Year, is the festival that celebrates the beginning of a new year on the traditional lunisolar Chinese calendar”. In Malaysia, a troupe of dragon dance coming to our house to bless it. But not here anymore. I am sure in Chinatown there will be dragon dance.
I have recreated from Rasa Malaysia. I change scallions to celery. This is also an ideal dish to serve for Chinese New Year. Something different from Kung Pao Chicken with Capsicums. Her recipe is attached at the bottom.
Clay pot is like simmering chicken or pork until soft and produces flavoured gravy from mushrooms and chicken or pork. It’s a flexible dish that you can add any ingredients to enhance not just the flavour but looks presentation. This is really a budget and comforting delicious meal that goes well with rice. Let’s cook!!!!
700 g skinless chicken breast, cut into bite-sized cubes
6 dried shiitake mushrooms
2 Tbs vegetable oil
1-inch piece peeled ginger, cut into slices
2 clove of garlic, finely chopped
1/2 cup mushroom water
2 stalks celery, cut into bite size
Salt to taste
1/2 tablespoon Shao Xing wine
1/2 tablespoon corn starch
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon oyster sauce
2 tablespoons Shao Xing wine
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
3 dashes white pepper
1 Tbs dark soy sauce
Soak the mushrooms overnight until softened. The next day marinate the chicken with the marinade for 1 hour. Mix all the ingredients in the sauce in a small bowl, set aside. Remove the stems and cut the mushrooms into halves. Reserved the water for cooking later.
Heat up the clay pot with the oil. Add in the ginger and garlic and fry until sweat and fragrant. Add the chicken into the clay pot and cook and stir for 45 seconds until lightly brown. Add the mushrooms and do a few quick stirs. Pour in the sauce, stir to combine well. Add the celery, stir for a few times.
Add the mushroom water and lower the heat to low. Cover the clay pot and let cook and simmer for about 45 minutes until the sauce thickens. Now the clay pot chicken with mushroom is now ready to serve. If it’s not salty enough, add a little salt to taste.
Notes: You can also use drumsticks or chicken Maryland for this dish. Use 2-inch knob of ginger if you like ginger. You can add 2 stalks of scallions. You can add carrots for colour.
Rasa Malaysia original recipe: https://rasamalaysia.com/clay-pot-chicken-with-mushroom/