Friday, July 23, 2010

"Ho Chak" Fried chicken with a special condiment twist



I remember watching a popular local cook show in Malaysia called Ho Chak. It is a 30 minute weekly show whereby the 2 young hosts would go around and introducing the delicious food in Malaysia. "Ho Chak" means good food in Hokkien (a Chinese dialect) and the show is extremely popular. Who doesn't like to watch a show on good food, though it would be much better eating it right?



In one of the episodes, they introduced a new segment at the end of the show whereby the 2 hosts would cook one recipe. This was quite a new twist to the show as the audience are so used to seeing the 2 host going around only eating. It was refreshing to see the 2 amateur hosts now attempt to cook.

I was pleasantly surprised by what they came up with as it was simple yet interesting. Infact I remember it till now. So I would say they made quite an impression as I actually made th dish myself the first opportunity I had after watching the show.

It was a simple fried chicken with a little twist on the condiments.

Simple ingredients :
1. 2 whole leg of chicken - light marinade of salt, pepper, light soy sauce and corn starch.
2. 5-6 cloves of garlic - chopped fine
3. 1 TBSP large red chilli - chopped fine
4. 1 cup of scallion - chopped
5. 1/2 cup Ginger chopped fine
6. Oil for frying

Simple Steps :
1. In a pan of hot oil, deep fry the whole leg of chicken. There is no flour or bread coating for the fried chicken. Just plain fried chicken with no think coatings. Deep fry till the chicken if cooked and golden brown. Remove the chicken and set aside.





2. In a new pan, with 2 TBSP of oil, put in the chopped garlic, ginger and saute till fragrant. Add the red chillies and scallions. Add a pinch of salt with 2 dash of sesame oil. Scoop up and put on top of the fried chicken as garnishing.





2 simple steps but this adds a new taste to the plain fried chicken.

33 comments:

Joy said...

That looks good. I love the condiment. It kinda reminds me of Max's Chicken in California.

Lena @ Miss Lucky Piggy said...

i love the condiments, it works well with Crab too

Spicie Foodie said...

Sounds like my kind of tv program. Great recipe! Sometimes the simplest ingredients make the best tasting foods! Nice photos.

penny aka jeroxie said...

Hhhaa.. Not heard the term Ho Chak for so long :)

mysimplefood said...

Joy - Thanks dear. Oh wow! There is a restaurant serving something similar. Interesting :) will check it out!

Lena - I think you are right. It will work well with crabs. Yummy!

Spicie Foodie - I agree, simple recipes do make great tasting meals.

Anncoo said...

Mmm...this looks so delicious and simple. Can I bookmark this and where did you get that cute "Ho Chak" image? Wish I can paste this on my site ;)

noobcook said...

I really like the toppings for the fried chicken - hot and spicy. love the colours too :)

mysimplefood said...

Penny - are you Hokkien?

Anncoo - Hi! Thanks. Just cut and paste from my website. The logo is actually the TV show's logo.

Noobcook - Yup, I was really surprised that something so simple turned out so delicious.

Belinda @zomppa said...

Ho chak, that certainly is!

Angie's Recipes said...

That looks really great! 好吃!

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

Ooh this reminds me of a dish that my mum makes called Shandong chicken! Everyone loves it and it's really tangy and flavoursome! :)

tigerfish said...

Seen the show but don't think I have watched the new segment.

Chef Dennis said...

wow...now that is some tasty fried chicken....too bad we don't that show here!

The Mom Chef said...

WOW. I could just about smell the condiments for that beautifully fried chicken. I adore garlic and ginger together. Thank you so much for sharing this.

mysimplefood said...

Belinda, Angie - Cheers to good food!!!

Lorraine - Glad that it brough back memories. Shandong chicken - will check out this recipe :)

tigerfish - they recently added the new segment at the end of the show. Actually makes the show pretty interesting.

Chef Dennis - Thanks. the condiments adds a nice twist to the fried chicken.

The Mom Chef - Hello dear...the condiments of garlic, ginger, scallion do blend really well together. Can use this condiments for other types of meat or seafood too.

Carolyn Jung said...

Ahh, a good sprinkling of chiles and garlic make any dish better! ;)

Chow and Chatter said...

looks tasty and sounds like a fun show, come on over for afternoon tea anytime!

Rebecca

Becky said...

mmmmm...this looks delicious and its a great twist to a regular fried chicken.

Becky said...

I tried following your blog it wont let me. My makeup blog profile keeps on popping up instead of my food blog :/

mysimplefood said...

Carolyn - definitely.. the taste of chilli and garlic infused together with the gives a exotic experience to the tastebuds.

Rebecca - if I was living near your house, I will be knocking at your door. :) thanks for the invite.

Hi Becky - Hmmm not sure what's wrong, maybe it your profile settings? Let me know if you still have trouble.

pigpigscorner said...

I remember that show! Love watching food shows. This sounds really simple and full of flavours!

lisa is cooking said...

Sounds like a fantastic garnish for chicken! Love the mix of flavors and heat from the chilli.

Little Inbox said...

Hmm...this sounds so fragrant and delicious!

Sook said...

Wow, the chicken looks so juicy and delicious! Yum!

mysimplefood said...

pigpigscorner - One of the better food shows in Malaysia, you can still watch it on the 8TV website.

Lisa - if you like more spice, add more chillies. I used the tiny Thai chillies which are really hot!!

Little Inbox - Thanks dear. It is indeed simple!!

Sook - Though I love American chicken but sometimes it is nice to just taste the chicken without all the thick flour batter. :)

Juliana said...

Oh! I love the special condiments...just had lunch but would love to have a bit of this chicken with lots of the condiments :-)

mysimplefood said...

Juliana - Thanks for dropping by. A good fried chicken is a hit anytime!

MaryMoh said...

Mmmm....looks simple and delicious. It's a long time I have not eaten fried chicken. Now I wonder why....haha. Oh yes, I know now. I hate all the oil circulating in the house. I think I have to find a place to deep fry outside :D

Tangled Noodle said...

Now this is what I call simply delicious! The fried chicken looks so crisp and the toppings so very flavorful.

There are so many food shows like Ho Chak throughout the world that we don't get to see in the US. I wonder what I'm missing?

Biren said...

This sounds like a very tasty fried chicken. I like to watch food programs too.

mysimplefood said...

Mary - I am so with you on the oil circulating in the house. When I first came to US, I told my Hubby-D, please get me an outdoor kitchen. :)

Tangled Noodle - Agree, sometimes watching food programs from another country really opens up on all the lovely food at other parts of the world.

Biren - I am looking forward to Masterchef opening in USA tonight!!!

Cinnamon Girl said...

What a delicious fried chicken! The condiment on top makes it extra special!

mysimplefood said...

Cinnamon Girl - Thanks dear. When I see your name, I am always reminded to make cinnamon rolls, I dont know why. Thanks for stopping by!!!

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