Dish of the Day: Traditional Thai Kung Pao Chicken
Craving for the taste of home-cooked meals? If you’re tired of always eating fast foods then you are sure to be a big fan of this Thai-originated dish, Kung Pao Chicken. The dish is best eaten with steaming hot rice with other side dishes to make it a balanced meal.
Most of the dishes in Thai cuisine are meant to be eaten with rice as it is the staple food of many Asian countries. Example of such dishes are sweet and sour chicken, cashew chicken and steamed fish.
What is Thai Kung Pao Chicken?
Traditional Thai Kung Pao chicken is a simple dish that can be eaten for lunch or dinner. It consists of stir-fried chicken cooked together with dried chilli peppers, peanuts, and Kung Pao sauce. The spiciness of the dish mainly comes from the dried chilli peppers.
The star of the dish is the Kung Pao sauce as it gives the dish its fragrant aroma and savoury taste. Kung Pao sauce is made up from a number of ingredients such as soy sauce, dark soy sauce, water, sugar and corn starch. The addition of peanuts to the dish gives it a crunchiness that you will love once you take a bite.
This dish is not just delicious, it is packed with nutrients as well. Chicken is an important source of protein and is good for the building and recovery of muscles. Besides, peanuts are known for their high energy content and helps to aid our digestive system.
How to make Traditional Thai Kung Pao Chicken?
There are several key components to making a delicious Kung Pao chicken. Firstly, prepare the Kung Pao sauce. Add water, soy sauce, dark soy sauce, sugar, and corn starch into a bowl and mix until the sauce has a thick consistency.
Next, cut the boneless chicken breast meat into small fillets. Then, add the chicken fillets into the bowl of Kung Pao sauce and mix well. Allow the chicken fillets to marinate in the sauce for 30 minutes, in a refrigerator. Once the chicken is done marinating, take it out from the refrigerator to prepare to cook it.
Heat the oil in a pan and add some garlic, ginger, and dried chilli pepper. Stir the added ingredients for a couple of minutes. Next, carefully pour the marinated chicken fillets along with some sauce into the wok. Stir-fry the chicken until it is fully cooked. For a finishing touch, add some peanuts or cashew nuts for some extra crunch. Serve and enjoy!
Where can I get it in Malaysia?
For those that want to taste this dish, head on over to the numerous Thai and Chinese restaurants that are sure to have the dish on their menu. For instance, the ever-popular Khunthai Village Restaurant is a famous eatery for the locals.
With their big outlet that is able to accommodate plenty of guests at a time, it is a common choice for reunion meals or family dinners. Not only that, their establishment is Halal-certified so customers of all cultures are welcome to dine and enjoy their food!
Craving for Thai food but you’re busy with work? Go on foodpanda to take a look at the various Thai restaurants offering delivery and get it delivered to you!
Article Written By Mico Hu
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