Normally, I consider myself adopt new environments quite well, but inevitably, from time to time, I would still love to have a taste of home. Since there are not so many Taiwanese restaurants in Vienna, let along ones that fit my taste, I try to learn the dishes as much as I can. The task of the day is "Taiwanese style crispy chicken nuggets"!
The marination is essential to this dish. Some people prefer to use chicken breast but I chose drumsticks, deboned them and cut them into small pieces.
Here I used 6 drumsticks to serve for two.
As to the marination:
1. Soysauce 2 tablespoon, Sugar (depending on personal preference, I put in about half teaspoon), 5 Spice Powder1 around 1 teaspoon, some Pepper, some Chilli Powder, and water about 25 c.c. Mixed them well.
2. Around 3-4 cloves of chopped Garlic, and some chopped Shallot (green onion).
3. Mix the chicken with the ingredients listed in 1 and 2. Marinate the meat for 2-3 hours.
After the meat is marinated, roll the meat in either cornstarch or tapioca powder and make sure the meat is fully covered by the powder. Then let them sit for about 1 to 2 minutes. In the mean time, heat oil.
After the oil is heated, set on medium heat. Put the meat in and stir gently to prevent it from sticking to the pan. I fried the meat for about 2 to 3 minutes and put them in the strainer to drain the grease.
Note 1: 5 Spice Powder is a special Chinese mixed spice and could be found in most Chinese supermarkets.