Kung Pao Chicken
Chinese cuisine has many regional varieties to pick and choose from. India and Pakistan, and possibly Sri Lanka and the UAE have their versions made up by the populations favourites.
Adapted and adopted the Szechuan, Sichuan. Szechwan Chinese regional cuisine is possibly the most popular and easily available followed by Hakka. This is largely due to the food flavours having a hint of spice that is more popular the Subcontinental palate. The levels of heat added varies once again largely depending on who it is being prepared for, specially in the restaurants serving the local community. The Chinese may not necessarily approve of this adaptation.
Kung Pao - borrowed from gong bao or the palace guardian, this word now refers to a spicy stir fried chicken in cubes. It also refers to the sauce that makes the dish.
Key ingredients referred to are the peanuts, chillies and chicken which makes this dish.
To further enhance this dish the Chinese restaurant kitchens call the marinating process velveting. This seals the juices to keep the chicken moist and makes each piece tender to eat.
Sichuan peppercorns are toasted and ground to be added to the mix.
Serves 6 persons
2 lb chicken pieces in cubes
1/2 tbsp cornstarch or cornflour
pinch of salt