Wednesday, November 14, 2007

OUR CULINARY GEMS: Thai Ginger Chicken | ไก่ผัดขิง

This classic Thai dish is both simple and delicious with the ginger complimenting the chicken to perfection -- A healthy combination of ginger, mushrooms and protein.

Please also note that that this is more “to taste”, where you can add or lessen spice, sweetness or saltiness. Nevertheless, this is an easy-to-cook dish that would surprise your friends on their next visit.

Try it!

Here’s the recipe…

Preparation Time 15 mins
Cooking Time 20 mins
Serves 2-4


6 boneless chicken breasts, chop into small pieces
4 ginger (1 inch), sliced to pieces like "matchsticks"
Few pieces fresh shiitake mushrooms and mouse-ear mushrooms

4 stalks of Chinese cabbage
1 red bell pepper, de-seeded and sliced
1 medium onion, cut to quarter
3 cloves garlic, minced
1-2 red chilies, minced

1 Tbsp. soy sauce
1 Tbsp. fish sauce
1 tsp. brown sugar
1 Tbsp. rice vinegar (or other type of vinegar)

Cornstarch dissolved in ½ cup water
2-3 Tbsp. oil for stir-frying


1. Heat oil in a wok or large frying pan over medium-high heat.

2. When oil is hot, add the onion, garlic, chilies, mushrooms, chicken and stir fry for a full minute.

3. Add the ginger matchsticks, soy sauce, fish sauce, brown sugar and vinegar. Stir-fry for 5-10 minutes, or until chicken is cooked.

4. Add Chinese cabbage, bell pepper and the grated ginger. Stir-fry for another 3 minutes, or until Chinese cabbage is cooked. Add a little water as needed to keep ingredients frying nicely.

5. Finally, add the cornstarch dissolved in water and soy sauce, stirring quickly to dissolve in the sauce. When the sauce is thick, remove from the heat.

6. Slide onto a serving platter immediately. Serve with jasmine rice.


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diwata said...

hmm, looks good!

Jake Tornado said...

I think I've tried this one the last time I visited Bangkok. Boy, the one served to me was EXTREMELY hot...

Is it true that spicy/hot dishes are good aphrodisiacs?

mark said...

@ Morgan... thanks for another recipe to try la. SE Asia has the best foods...

Btw are you the resident cook or culinary taster of this blog? It seems like most of your post recently are all about this culinary gems & recipes. Does Pisanu limits you to this kind of post only...Pisanu???

Just curious =)

Morgan H. said...

merci bcp diwata and jake. spicy food is good for losing pounds. with aphrodisiac, i do not know. i think it is inborn.

mark, i got many writing but it's in french. pisanu has to translate it. my recipe is shortest. i love cooking and yes i am writing almost exclusiv for food.

Tommy said...

but to get it straight, this dish is not spicy hot at all. it's spicy but not hot. huge difference. this dish is quite healthy. make sure you throw in a lot of ginger and hold the chilies.

MischMensch said...

Wow no wonder Thai people are so slim cos spicy food are good for losing pounds

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