Print-Korean Braised Chicken (Jjimdak)

INGREDIENTS

Main :

  • 2 full-size chicken thighs – divided into 3 pieces. Clean off excess fat.

Side :

  • Overnite soaked Shiitake Mushrooms (halve if too big) and a handful of peanuts (optional). Block Potatoes, Red Carrots, sliced Onion, a couple of Dried Chili and a few clove of smashed Garlic. Glass noodles, soak for at least an hr.

Sauce :

  • Minced Ginger, Garlic and red Chili. Some Gula Melaka (brown sugar) or normal raw sugar is fine and freshly grounded  black Pepper. Mix well with Light Soy (maybe a few drops of Dark soy, just for coloring), a dash of Sesame oil, Shaoxin Wine, Oyster sauce and some water.

Seasoning :

  • Salt and Sugar. All to taste. ** Note : Just dash/pinch of everything, if U prefer a stronger intensity of an ingredient flavor, simply add a little extra of that ingredient/spice (no rocket scientific measurement here). Always taste your Seasoning !!!
METHOD

Optional – Start by searing the Chicken with a tiny bit of oil on medium heat till slightly golden brown – 2/3 mins; (The VianD like to do this because it helps the Chicken holds it shape plus, also add a little crust texture to skin). Or U can choose to parboil the chicken for a few minutes. Marinate with the prepared sauce and set aside. If U have the time, let it marinate for a couple hrs for better flavor.

Meanwhile, fire up a pot and saute the smashed Garlic, sliced Onion and dried Chili till aromatic. Add block Potatoes and Carrot, continue to saute till aromatic or a little brown – 3/5 mins. Add the Chicken, with the sauce together and soaked Mushrooms and Peanuts. Bring to boil and turn down heat to simmer for abt 20-30 mins or till everything are cooked thru and soft.

Add the soaked Glass noodles, mix well and bring to boil again. Viola, ur pot of addictive, satisfying and comforting “Korean Braised Chicken (Jjimdak)” is ready to be served HOT !!

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