Saturday, December 22

On The Plate: Fried Chicken Wings - The Comfort Food

Shove the calories aside.

I'm not the sort who eat unhealthily, albeit the size can seem like I do. I'm never the skinny girl and as much as I do look at the calorie chart, I cave in for comfort food when it comes to family gatherings. My mom is a great cook & with my mixed-up rojak parentage, I get to eat good Chinese, Indonesian & Indian food all the time. 

Last evening, Mom, Sophia, Roger and I had out pre-Christmas dinner with my godbrothers Raymond and Shyon. This evening, our family had a small pre-Christmas gathering with my sister, Suzanne, Olive and another godbrother, Paul. However, mom's arthritis got in her way of whipping up her amazing spread so she only managed to prepare the family's favourite Fried Vegetarian Vermicelli. (Whoops, totally forgotten to snap a picture of it!) I prepared the comfort food, Fried Chicken Wings. Being the avid fan of Asian Food Channel & Food Network Asia, I picked up some ideas here and there and I made up my own marinade. Risky, I know but it was thumbs up and thanks to all my guinea piggies, it was a success! 

I used...:

Nutmeg (1 tbsp), 
White Pepper (1tbsp),
Mixed Herbs (1 tbsp), 
Salt (Not shown - depends how salty you want it to be)
 Cornstarch (Not shown - 1 tbsp)
**You can substitute nutmeg with turmeric powder.  

Natural Yoghurt (half), or you can use Buttermilk (1 pkt)
 Eggs (2-4), 
Chilli Padi, cut it up
(I used 6, it's up to you, how spicy you want it to be)
**You can add Cayenne pepper if you want that extra kick of spice!

Olive Oil (2 tbsps)

Depending on how much chicken you're using, put in desired amount. I used 1 big pack of frozen chicken wings

The one thing about me when it comes to cooking, I don't have specific measurements of how much I should add. I just throw everything in and according to how much I want. You can add more if you need to.

Lime (Calamansi) 
Cut these guys into halves, squeeze out the goodness over the hot piping fried chicken for that zing!

Marinate everything together in a mixing bowl. I used a basin!
 **Do not use chilli powder as the chicken will turn "black" pretty fast! 

Keep them in a ziploc bag, best to marinade overnight. I only managed to marinate for 5 hours. Put the bags into the fridge. Remove from fridge 15 minutes before frying.

Ready to fry!

Fry 4-5 minutes on each side, it will turn brownish.

After 8-9 minutes...

Voila! Sorry, I managed to snap a picture before my sis took her first "food-tasting".
Don't forget to squeeze some lime juice on it while it's still hot!

|Take Home Message|

It was a very simple food fare, just fried noodles and fried chicken! For us it didn't matter what was served up the dinner table. What's important? The company. It's all about family. 

We had a great time chatting and laughing, playing with Sophia who thoroughly enjoyed her vegetarian vermicelli. She didn't eat the fried chicken because she's not a fan of fried stuff so I saved alot on fast food! The only fried stuff she eats is French Fries. That's just typical Sophia.

It was a good Saturday for us despite mom's pain. Sophia had a ball of a time playing with her Yiyi Suzanne, Yiyi Olive and Tito Paul.

I had a great time preparing dinner! I'll be blogging more on what I cook at home starting 2013! 


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