Roast Chicken is a dish that everyone is familiar with. It sounds simple, but those that have prepared it will tell you that there is more than meet the eye. In contrast, only a few of us have had the privilege of trying the Cantonese Roast Chicken.
The Cantonese Roast Chicken is a homely dish that speaks to the heart of many Chinese locals. Thus, soothing the soul and satisfying your tummy at the same time.
What is Cantonese Roast Chicken
Unlike the traditional Roast Chicken, the Cantonese Roast Chicken is a genius combination of Asian flavours and Western cooking method. The preparation of the Cantonese Roast Chicken uses the Chinese Five Spices, Chinese rose wine, soy sauce, honey, ginger and Sichuan sauce.
The result is a juicy roasted chicken with the familiar taste of Asian flavours. A taste that you often get when you have dinner at home with your family members during the Lunar New Year. Of course, it isn’t an Asian dish if it isn’t enjoyed with a bowl of rice.
The History of Roast Chicken
Roast Chicken is a dish that has existed since the medieval ages and is said to have first appeared in France. The roast chicken was rumoured to be a favourite of King Richard the Lionheart during the 12th century. When the Middle Easterners travelled to France, they introduced the concept of rotisserie, grilling chicken in a metal rod to ensure even cooking. Since then, the recipe of roast chicken has spread across the globe across various cultures. Thus, we have many different types of roast chicken with different cultures putting their own spin to it.
The Cantonese Roast Chicken is said to have originated in Sichuan, China. A local restaurant owner in the region decided to combine the Western style of cooking chicken with their local flavours. The dish took inspiration from the Peking Duck – which explains the use of the Chinese Five Spice. Mostly, the dish is served as part of the Lunar New Year celebration but in the modern world; this dish is widely accepted as a fusion between two very different cultures.
Unlike the traditional roast chicken, the Cantonese Roast Chicken does not have any stuffing and is often served with rice and a ginger scallion sauce instead.
The Health Benefits of Cantonese Roast Chicken
Roasted chicken is a good source of protein, which is essential for the growth and repair of muscles. The recipe also contains various herbs and spices that have various health benefits and properties as well. The Chinese Five Spices includes spices that are anti-inflammatory agents, provide us with antioxidants and preventing diseases such as stroke and heart attacks.
Five Spice also contains Star Anise that is rich in shikimic acid, which is said to improve the function of our immune system.
Where to get Cantonese Roast Chicken in Malaysia
If you want a hearty meal of roast chicken with Asian flavours, make your way to Canton-i located in several locations around Malaysia including The Gardens Mall, One Utama and City Square in Johor Bahru. You can also try your luck at Zheng Kee Nice Soup Roasted Meat Restaurant in KL.
You can also scroll through the foodpanda app to choose from other Chinese restaurants that are available for delivery. Order from us now!