Fermented bean curd doesn’t sound like a perfect match with chicken wings but it indeed is! Together with the method of waterless steaming, this dish is just unbelievably delicious. This rice killer dish will make your bowl of rice gone in seconds!
無水蒸腐乳雞翼 Waterless Steamed Chicken Wings with Fermented Bean Curd
The light and savory flavor of fermented bean curd works amazingly well with chicken wings. The method of waterless steaming helps the chicken wings remain succulent. It’s divine.
Speaking of waterless steaming, it may sound unfamiliar to many. Different from normal steaming, in waterless steaming there is no external water to cook the food. Instead, we put the pot directly on the stove and it’s the heat in ingredients that cooks the food. With this method, the timing of exposing to fire needs to be precisely controlled otherwise the ingredients will stock onto the pot. The advantage of using this method is that the juice inside the ingredients can be better reserved and hence both the texture and taste are better.
To use waterless steaming, the pot itself needs to be good at heat insulation and preserving water inside. The cast iron buffet we used is ideal for this cooking method.
To begin with we immerse the frozen chicken wings in water for defrosting.
After that we can use crude salt to rub and wings and then wash it away. This can help revitalize the flesh. Then we can squeeze the wings to let out the remaining blood in the joint because the blood is usually stinky.
Towel dry the water on skin
Prepare the sauce: 4 cubes of fermented bean curd, minced garlic, 1 tbsp of shaoxing wine, 1 tsp of sugar, 1 tsp of chill bean sauce and 1 tsp of cornstarch
Marinate the chicken wings with the sauce for 30mins
Put the wings on buffet
Then we close the lid, cook it on medium heat for 4 mins, switch to low heat for 4 mins and then let it rest for 6 mins, done!
Another great recommendation of chicken wing dish – Air Fried Bandits Chicken Wings
Love eating chicken? How about Shark Fin in Chicken Broth? Remember to have imitation shark fin!