Sunday, June 16, 2013

Basil chicken wings

I got part of this inspiration from Adria Ferran's recipe and also from a good friend who does a lot of home cooking.  The chicken wings were first marinated and then sealed in butter.  The wings need to cooked for 24 hours at 63 degrees.  Instead of a tandori style chicken wing, I am borrowing the idea of  a Chinese basil chicken dish.  But first of all, the wings need to be cooked for 48 hours and then I need to ask the friend how she does her chicken !

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Smoked shrimps

Chinese Smoked Eggs are one of my all time favourites.  An idea struck me to try smoking shrimp the chinese way, using a mixture of rice, sugar and chinese tea.   There were some very fresh shrimp on sale at the market and would be great for this.  I washed peeled and left the heads on the shrimps.  The shrimps were marinated with some soy sauce and oil and then smoked for about 20 minutes.

The aroma was there, but the flavours did not develop as I expected.

I then continued my ssmoking experiement and cold smoked the prawns first.  There were then cooked sous vide at 55C for about an hour.  The smokiness developled very nicely and the prawns were very soft and succulent.  However, Chinese don't seem to like tender shrimp, the rubbery texture seems more appropiate when serving these shrimps.  I guess we shall need to just blanche or grill these shrimps before serving.