Ginger-laden food always makes me all warm inside. With simple ingredients such as sesame oil, soy sauce, chicken, ginger and shiitake mushroom, easy and nutritious dish can be prepared.
Ginger is cut into matchstick shapes and stir-fry over high heat to release the flavor. All the other ingredients are then cooked over high heat to seal in the essences. Water is added midway through cooking and then braised slowly to tenderize the meat and bring everything together.
Serve with steamed rice and I assure you, it can be your favorite Chinese cooking.
Sesame Chicken with Ginger and Mushroom
100 g ginger, peeled and cut into matchsticks, about 1/2 cup
3 tbsp sesame oil
250 g chicken breast, cut into bite-sizes
3 dried shiitake mushrooms, soaked and cut into 2 cm-width strips
2 tbsp dark soy sauce, mushroom flavored
1/2 tsp sugar (optional)
2 cups warm water
Heat a wok over high heat for 30 seconds and toss in the ginger. Quickly cook for a minute until fragrant
Add the sesame oil and mushroom slices, cook for a couple of minutes
Add the rest of the ingredients and stir-fry quickly for three minutes
Pour in the warm water and lower heat, cook and covered for 5 minutes
Remove from heat and pour the dish into a claypot. Simmer for 45 minutes or until the liquid is reduced to 1/3. Simmer in the same wok if no claypot is used