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RECIPES FOR SUCCESS: Chef ArChan Chan gives recommendation and a scrumptious hen wings recipe

RIYADH:Chef ArChan Chan’s story is one that would encourage many an aspiring prepare dinner. By her personal admission, Chan had “no idea about cooking,” when she began her profession, however she is now govt chef of the Cantonese restaurant Ho Lee Fook in Hong Kong.  

“In many Asian countries, like Hong Kong — where I grew up, cooking is not really (considered) a profession. I was a foodie who loves eating and I knew that I wanted to do something I was passionate about,” Chan informed Arab News. “So, when I went to university, I asked my lecturer if there were any food-related subjects I could take. He told me the university offered a catering course, so that’s how I first got into the industry, but also through tourism and hotels. That’s how I began working in kitchens.” 

Earlier this month, Chan was in Riyadh, the place her restaurant has launched a pop-up eatery in Riyadh Season’s Al-Murabaa meals zone. Here, she discusses the flexibility of spring onions and avoiding a ‘military-like’ kitchen environment, and offers a recipe for hen wings. 

What’s your prime tip for newbie cooks? 

If you’re planning to prepare dinner meat — any meat — soak it in 4 p.c brine. It provides lots of taste and tenderness. You can try this earlier than any methodology of cooking; it’s a quite simple manner to make issues tasty. 

What’s the one ingredient you consider can enhance any dish? 

I really like spring onion or scallion. It’s an ingredient that works with lots of dishes. It provides texture and taste to one thing so simple as steamed fish. You pour sizzling oil on and a few spring onion on it. It simply releases these flavors, particularly when you add a little bit of soya sauce and a little bit of salt and sugar. It’s scrumptious. You may even add it to prompt noodles. 

What buyer request most annoys you?  

It doesn’t essentially annoy me, however it may be tough when somebody asks to modify a dish. We perceive that folks have completely different wants, after all; generally there’s a dietary requirement. But it’s positively difficult to cope with individuals who don’t need garlic, or spring onion, or another ingredient that we use loads. We can accommodate these requests, however we all know the dish will style completely different.  

What’s your favourite dish to prepare dinner? 

I really like something that’s cooked in a wok. It’s simply actually, actually satisfying — the hearth and the scent of the smoke. It’s all the time scorching. So, something that I can prepare dinner with a wok, particularly wok fry, is nice. 

As a head chef, are you fairly calm and laidback? Or are you a strict disciplinarian? 

I spent a while in old-school kitchens, the place the pinnacle chef can be, like, yelling — very military-like. But I’ve additionally spent a while in kitchens the place it was a bit of bit extra like: You can’t yell at somebody; you’ll be able to’t use concern. Personally, I like to information (my employees). My guidelines are issues like: I would like honesty. I would like care. I would like respect. These are issues that folks working collectively want to agree on. That’s a really fundamental factor to do as a human being. And when you agree, there’s lots of alternative. 

It’s OK to make errors. But I urge them to ask questions. So, there’s lots of steerage, after which lots of difficult, like, “Why have you done this? What goes through your mind when choosing this method?” 

Chef ArChan’s Chongqing hen wings. (Supplied)

RECIPE: Chef ArChan’s Chongqing hen wings 


1kg hen wings 

1 packet potato starch 

2 tbsp chopped garlic 

1 tbsp Sichuan peppercorns 

1 stalk spring onion, reduce into 4cm lengths 

50g dried chilli 

1L water 

40g salt 

1 tbsp of floor spices (cumin, 5 spice, or spice combine) 


1. Add the salt to the water and stir till salt is dissolved, providing you with a 4% salt answer. 

2. Lightly coat hen wings in potato starch. 

3. Deep fry hen wings at 180C for six minutes, or pan fry for 10-Quarter-hour till golden brown. 

4. Season the wings with some salt and your favourite floor spices. 

5. Sauté the garlic, Sichuan peppercorns and spring onion in a pan on excessive warmth. 

6. Add a tablespoon of water and the dried chilli. Sauté till aromatic. 

7. Add the fried hen wings to the pan. Toss for 15 seconds to take in all of the flavors. Serve. 

Source: www.arabnews.com


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