Monday, April 24, 2017

Crispy Butter Salted Egg Yolk Popcorn Chicken

I'm easily amused whenever I see Korean Fried Chicken referred as KFC. Love that correlation!!! Or maybe because I simply love fried chicken. LOL!

Although I'm a health conscious person, I can't deny that I love fried chicken. All sort of fried chicken... the fast food KFC, the Korean KFC and particularly the KFC popcorn chicken!

Here, I'm cooking the Southeast Asian style of popcorn chicken. Popcorn chicken that is served with an extra naughty extra tasty butter salted egg yolk sauce... OMG!!! I surrender!!!

crispy butter salted egg yolk popcorn chicken
Crispy Butter Salted Egg Yolk Popcorn Chicken

I must admit that there is nothing healthy in this post! It is fried chicken that is so delicious that I can't say "no"! LOL!

Oh well... I just have to convince myself that once a while it is ok to feast on some naughty food. Ops!

Southeast Asian style of Popcorn chicken? This is what I did...

popcorn chicken
Plain crispy bite size fried chicken ...
crispy butter salted egg yolk popcorn chicken
+ drizzles of butter salted egg yolk sauce...
crispy butter salted egg yolk popcorn chicken
= sweet salty crispy buttery tasty fried chicken!!! OMG!!! I surrender!!!

Here's a video showing how I cooked this irresistible popcorn chicken. Now tell me if you can resist eating these chicken... LOL!

And here's the recipe.

Serves 4 to 6 as snack sizes
To marinate the chicken, you need:
1 tbsp (15ml) light soy sauce
2 tbsp (30ml) Chinese Shaoxing cooking wine
2 tsp finely grated garlic
2 tsp finely grated ginger
1 tsp caster sugar
1/4 tsp ground white pepper
500g chicken thigh fillets, skinless and boneless, cut into bite sizes

To marinate the chicken:
Mix soy sauce, wine, garlic, ginger, sugar and pepper until combined. Add soy sauce mixture to chicken and mix until all the chicken are well coated with the soy sauce mixture. Cover chicken with cling wrap and marinate at room temperature for 15 mins.

To fry the chicken, you need:
adequate potato starch, to coat the chicken generously before frying
adequate vegetable oil for deep-frying
1-2 tbsp trans-fat free Crisco shortening, optional but it will make your chicken extra extra extra crispy!!!

To fry the chicken:
Coat individual pieces of chicken generously with potato flour.

Heat a wok or saucepan with a deep level of oil plus trans-fat free Crisco shortening with medium heat until 180°C (350°F) or until you can see bubbles around a piece of chicken added into the heated oil. Cook until chicken turn golden brown and crispy. Remove and drain any excess oil on paper towels.

To cook the sauce, you need:
25g butter, can be unsalted or salted - do not add salt if you are using salted butter
1 tsp coarsely minced garlic - not too finely minced because it will burn easily
about 30 curry leaves
1 long red chili, de-seeded and sliced thinly, omit if you don't like spicy food.
3 salted duck egg yolks, about 70g, fully cooked, use egg yolks only and roughly mashed wth a fork
1 tsp caster sugar or more to taste
1/2 tsp salt

Note: I must admit that I'm stingy with this amount of sauce. Please feel free to cook double of this amount if you like enjoy your chicken to be coated with more sauce.

To cook the sauce:
Add butter, garlic, curry leaves, chili (optional), salted egg yolk crumbs, sugar and salt into a small saucepan. Cook at low heat and stir occasionally until mixture is bubbly and the yolks are slightly nutty and light golden colour.

Remove from the heat. Drizzle sauce onto fried chicken. Serve immediately before your chicken will lose its crisp!!! Enjoy!!!

Happy Cooking
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  1. Wow, this is too sinful... but I like it!
    I just read from a magazine that a bar in Singapore serves deep fried chicken skin with salted egg yolk sauce, now that is scary but I'm sure it's super yummy.

  2. Hi :) I realise you're based in Melbourne too . I'm wondering where do you get your salted egg yolk ? Do you get the cooked one or the raw one ? Really wanna try the liu sha bao recipe !! Thank you !!

    1. Hi Janice, You can buy the cooked salted eggs from any Asian grocery shops in Melbourne. Have fun cooking and also making liu sha bao :)