Hibernation update: Cooking.
I told you in my entry about hibernating that I’d be cooking dinner and lunch every day. That didn’t really work out.
I am cooking more, though. I like cooking, especially on the weekends when I have time to relax in my tiny kitchen.
On Sunday, I made チキン南蛮 (Chicken Nanban or Kyushu Fried Chicken). It’s fried chicken with tartar sauce on it. I used to eat this when I was little. My family would get take out from Long John Silver’s (is it still a fast food place?) and I didn’t trust the fish, so I would eat the fried chicken with tartar sauce. Same kinda deal.
So here’s what I did to make it:
(Please understand I don’t use recipes when cooking. I look up ideas of what to make, but I don’t really measure ingredients or anything)
Buy some chicken breasts or thighs or whatever kind of chicken you like. You could use a food storage bag and put the chicken in, but I noticed that plastic wrap only really sticks to itself, so it made a really handy makeshift bag (Photo 1). Beat the pieces chicken until they are all about the same thickness (I used a bottle of soy sauce as a meat tenderizer) and then sprinkle them with seasonings (salt, pepper, whatever you like). Then coat them evenly with flour and dip them into a beaten egg before frying them in oil (Photo 2).
While they are frying, make the sauce you will pour over the chicken when it’s finished. Take soy sauce, vinegar, and a little sugar and mix it together until you get the correct tanginess you desire. If you want the sauce to be a little thicker or shinier, add some corn starch (maybe, I don’t know). When the chicken is cooked, pour the sauce over the hot chicken (Photo 3).
When everything is cool enough to eat, plate it up with some tartar sauce. You can make it or buy it, whatever is easiest for you. I paired mine with some baby greens and an easy EVOO vinegar dressing.
It’s perfect as a dinner or a lunch (just put the chicken over some rice and you have your bento for the day) and it’s healthier than buying it from a shop.
(チキン南蛮 bento at HokaHoka is 900 calories. FYI.)
Have fun in your small kitchen!