I am going back to my roots. No fancy sauces. No elegant plating. Just one pan and some rice. I am making stir fry.
If you know me, then you know I failed. I am 100% Chinese and created yet another Thai dish. Although these flavors are not reminiscent of the robust Chinese flavors I grew up with…this dish still packs an explosive bite. Like a movie created by Martin Yan, directed by Michael Bay and acted out by the cast of Expendables. Strong, full bodied flavors all working together to give you an experience like never before.
I had the best intention. I pulled out my wok, diced up the Chinese trinity (scallions, ginger and garlic). Dusted off my bottle of regular soy sauce. Then discovered that it has expired. Do you know how long it takes for soy sauce to expire? I mean, have you even heard of such a thing? Soy sauce expiring in a Chinese household? Sigh…I am such a dishonor to my ancestors.
Anyways, I had fish sauce so I decided to go Thai instead. Before I knew it Thai chili sauce, sriracha and Thai chilies ended up on the plate. What came out was the most humble dish I made in what seemed like forever. Juicy chicken, seared to a crisp, coated with a sweet, sticky, spicy, umami sauce. Seriously delicious! Caramelized Thai Chili Chicken is symbolic of Asian comfort food.
Since the topic came up earlier, I wanted to explain why I don’t cook much Chinese Food. My parents are chefs that specialize in Chinese food (Authentic and Americanized). I have been unable to get the recipes from them, nor have I successfully replicated a dish that matched the quality of theirs. To add to it, there are already amazing blogs out there that specialize in all things Chinese (like theasiangrandmotherscookbook, thewoksoflife and chinasichuanfood).
All said and done, my recipes are rarely “authentic” but I can assure you that they taste phenomenal! This Caramelized Thai Chili Chicken is no exception and is definitely up there with my favorites. Try it, you will not regret it.