Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Dinner tonight - three cup chicken and basil-lime sorbet

For dinner tonight, we made "three cup chicken". This is a traditional Taiwanese dish, which gets its name from the three main flavoring ingredients in the dish - soy sauce, cooking wine, and sesame oil.

Here's a pic:
san bei ji - three cup chicken
It was really simple to make and delicious. Here's the recipe -

  • 1 lb. chicken (we used boneless thigh meat), cut into bite size chunks
  • 10 slices of ginger
  • 8 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 20 basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup of soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup of sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup of rice wine (do not use cooking wine as a substitute)
  • 1 tbsp. oil
  1. Heat oil and brown chicken
  2. Add garlic and ginger to chicken and stir-fry for one minute
  3. Add liquids (soy sauce, sesame oil, and rice wine) to chicken and stir to incorporate
  4. Once liquid starts to boil, cover wok and reduce heat to medium
  5. Continue simmering for fifteen minutes
  6. Add basil leaves, stir to incorporate and cook for two minutes
  7. Serve with white rice
Makes four servings. The key to the recipe is equal parts of the liquids.

Total prep time: 15 minutes
Total cooking time: 20 minutes

Over the past few weeks, we've become somewhat addicted to the basil-lime sorbet at Sweet Republic. Since going to SR is a nearly 90 mile round trip for us, we tried making it at home tonight for dessert.

We followed this basic recipe: Basil-lime sorbet (from allrecipes.com)

Note: we used 3/4 cup of sugar, instead of 1 cup as specified.

Here's a pic:
basil-lime sorbet
The result was better than expected. It was a bit too sweet and tart, thought not bad for our first attempt. It's a nice homemade substitute to satisfy our cravings in between trips to SR. A little more tweaking and we'll be very close... ;-)

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