Have you ever craved for those soft, soy peanuts they give you for free at fancy Chinese restaurants, but never knew where to get them? I know I certainly have.
The Chinese braised peanuts have become a staple at big Chinese restaurants. They bring them out before the food comes, and somehow they always disappear just as quick. Whether it be because of the pre-dinner hunger or the fact that this snack is just too delicious, we can all agree that everybody loves a good old braised peanut, especially when there’s nothing left to eat.
But what seems to be something you can only get at fancy restaurants, is actually really easy to make. All you have to do is throw everything into a pot, and boil it for a few hours. And, voila! You have a fantastic snack ready for you to eat whenever and wherever.
Not to mention, that braised peanuts are an excellent source for nutrition. The process of boiling the peanuts help extract more antioxidants from the shell, making it much healthier than raw or roasted peanuts. This is the kind of snack you munch on when you’re on a diet and are not looking to eat anything too greasy or manufactured.
Braised peanuts are also perfect for eating alongside a steaming bowl of porridge or rice. They bring flavour to what would’ve otherwise been a boring meal, all while providing you with healthy nutrition.
So, the next time you’re looking to have a healthy snack, don’t feel obligated to visit a Chinese restaurant just for their braised peanuts. Here is a quick and easy braised peanut recipe for you to follow when your next peanut craving hits!
Braised Peanuts Recipe
- 200g peanuts, soaked for 2-3 hours
- Ginger, a few slices
- 3 cloves of garlic
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 2 star anise
- 5 cloves
- 1 1/2 cup water
- 1 tbsp oyster sauce
- 1 1/2 tbsp sugar
- 2 tsp light soya sauce
- 1 tsp dark soya sauce
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Soak the peanuts overnight to soften.
- Drain the water, and move peanuts to a separate bowl. Add in all ingredients and seasonings, and make sure all peanuts are submerged and at the bottom.
- Bring to a boil, then lower it to medium-low heat. Leave the peanuts in for 3-4 hours, or until soft to your liking.
- Serve as a snack, or alongside your porridge or rice. Enjoy!
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