Japanese/Chinese cooking: Sweet Sour soy sauce Karaage with sauteed vegetables

 When I was a kid, Japanese version of deep fried chicken dish called “Tori niku no karaage” was most popular kids’ lunch box menu. They are not processed,frozen chicken nugget kind of things. They are made from real chicken with mother’s love.

 Crispy outside,tender inside,and very moist flavorful fried chicken is
always tasty.

 You can find the recipe in the previous entry “Japanese cooking: Tori niku no karaage (deep fried chicken), but as you can see, they are a little different breadding
and it has slightly different flavor to American version of deep fried chicken.

 Of course,it is not everyday meal kind of dish but once in a blue moon, I make them and indulge in the tasty karaage dish.

 When I make them,it makes my
husband and his workmates go “Hmmm.Gooood!”.

 They love our Karaage dish very much. Maybe it makes even more delighted because I do not make them often.

 Now, I wrote that our version of deep fried chicken is a little different from American version. What is the
difference?

 For starters,we marinade chicken in the sort of like Teriyaki
seasoning mixture if you will. It is often times soy sauce base marinade.

 Very easy,flavorful,it sure would make
your family go nuts about them.

 One other difference is that, we would coat the marinaded chicken in the potato starch called “Katakuriko”.You can find them at Asian stores,but I usually substitute the potato starch (NOT potato flour) with corn starch and fry them up.

 I came across Potato starch at amazon.com website here.

 The Tori niku no karaage dish is also the staple dish we get when we go to Chinese restaurants in Japan. They are popular Chinese-Japanese dish also.

 The basic one is served with simply salt and ground  black pepper and you would sprinkle them as you serve and my husband loves those basic dish.

 However, this time, I made the karaage dish with my made-up sauce; sweet sour soy sauce, and it turned out to be a huge hit among our family.

 My husband poured the sauce over to his rice and flavored it up and ate it. He loved the sauce that much.

 Therefore, with this entry, I thought I would share the recipe of ” Sweet sour soy sauce Karaage with sauteed vegetables”.

Sweet sour soy sauce Karaage with sauteed vegetables..

 Ingredients for Karaage marinade;

1/4C
soy sauce
1/8 sweet onion grated
1/4 Grainy Smith Apple cored and
peeled grated
1 clove of garlic grated
About pinky nail size ginger nub
grated

Ingredients for Karaage;

15 oz wt boneless,skinless chicken thigh cut to bite size pieces
Corn starch (If you could get Kastakuriko, use Katakuriko)
Vegetable oil for frying

Kosher salt
Ground black pepper

Ingredients for sauteed vegetables;

Extra
virgin olive oil
1/4 red pepper sliced
1/4 Green pepper
sliced
1/2 carrot sliced to stick shape
1/2 sweet onion sliced
Morton’s
Natures Seasons


Ingredients for Sweet sour soy sauce;

3tbs soy sauce
3 tbs rice vinegar
3 tbs white sugar
1 whole Japanese dried hot chile pepper chopped
       (can substitute with pinch of crushed red pepper flakes)
3/4 tsp fresh squeezed lemon juice



<Karaage Marinade>

 1. In the bowl, add 1/4C soy sauce, 1/8 sweet onion grated, 1/4 Grainy Smith Apple cored and peeled grated,1 clove of garlic grated, about pinky nail size ginger nub grated and mix well

<Karaage>

1. Cut 15 oz wt boneless skinless chicken thigh into bite size pieces and put them into the Karaage marinade and mix well so each chicken piece is well coated with the marinade

2. Let the meat marinaded for about 20 minutes
 
3. In the bowl, pour corn starch and coat the marinaded chicken pieces and fry them in the vegetable oil till golden

4. When fried, set the fried chicken over paper towel lined plate to remove excess oil from the chicken and sprinkle kosher salt and ground black pepper while they are still hot

5. When all chicken are fried, put them in a big bowl and pour about 3 tbs of sweet sour soy sauce and mix thoroughly,quickly and plate them up over sauteed vegetables
 

6. Garnish with chopped fresh green onion and freshly ground toasted sesame seed, and serve the dish along with hot steamy bowl of white rice

<Sweet sour soy sauce>

1. In the sauce pan, add 3tbs soy sauce, 3 tbs rice vinegar,3 tbs white sugar,1 whole Japanese dried hot chile pepper chopped,3/4 tsp fresh squeezed lemon juice, and mix well and let it simmer so sugar can dissolve

 **
Japanese dried hot chile pepper can be found at dried chile section
and, they are very hot.Use small amount.The Japanese chile looks like
this




Japanese dried hot chile peppers..


** You can substitute Japanese dried hot chile pepper with pinch of crushed red pepper flakes

<Sauteed vegetables>

1. In the skillet, drizzle extra virgin olive oil and sautee 1/4 red pepper sliced, 1/4 Green pepper sliced, 1/2 carrot sliced, 1/2 sweet onion sliced with bit of Morton’s Natures Seasons

Makes: 2 -3 servings

Enjoy!

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