Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Bite me: 大盘鸡 Big Plate O' Chicken

This dish makes you re-evaluate the way you think of chicken. From the north-west of China, the people of Xin Jiang 新疆 bring a blend of spices that always hits the spot when I have craving for curry. Truth is, a new craving has developed. Tomato sauce is flavoured with chili peppers, prickly ash peppers, green peppers, white onions, cumin, ginger, cinnamon, cardamon and aniseed. Phew...just about every spice in the book. By the time the chicken and potatoes are 'cousumered' in this sauce, the final flavor develops into that familiar home made curry taste. Now you know why we appreciate this so much in Chongqing.

Of course the final choice and proportions of spices vary from restaurant to restaurant so it's up to the chef to do you right. Extra veg like spinach, cabbage or carrots may be added. It is served with a humble home made bread, noodles or rice. As seen by the BIG plate, the more the merrier so don't be stingy with this one.