Make The Best Kung Pao Chicken

Kung Pao Chicken is a ubiquitous Sichuan dish. It can be found in almost every Chinese restaurant around the world. It’s also one of the most common items on family dinner table. According to folklore, Kung Pao Chicken first emerged in Qing Dynasty around 150 years ago. Originated in Sichuan, it was named after an admired Mandarin’s posthumous title.  Kung Pao Chicken has complex combination of flavors and texture. For a good one, the chicken should taste tender and juicy; peanut fresh and crispy; the pepper and peppercorn dry and aromatic. You can always tell whether the chef has solid basic skills from a Kung Pao Chicken. One common mistake is to treat the dry red chili pepper as mere garnish in Kung Pao Chicken. People add it in toward the end of cooking. In fact it should be put in the cooking oil at the beginning before anything else so that the high temperature oil can quickly bring out its unique aroma. Chef Yang in Legend 72 strictly follows the traditional way to cook Kung Pao Chicken. You probably can still savor how Kung Pao Chicken was like 150 years ago, in thousands miles away Sichuan.

 

 

Noodle Soup with Braised Beef (四川红烧牛肉面)

We put Noodle Soup with Braised Beef on our menu cover because it is one of our most delicious dishes, and it could be the best of its kind in town, well, at least some customers say so. Many restaurants offer Braised Beef Noodle Soup. But Sichuan style is very unique. The key is how to cook the Braised Beef. To cook it right, you need to heat the oil and put in dry chili pepper. Wait for about 15 seconds, then put in Sichuan chili bean paste, Sichuan peppercorn and the rest of ingredients. Stir-fry it for 10-20 seconds till the aroma comes out, put in the beef and add water to braise it. The result is the complex spicy flavor, in which several layers are combined, yet they enhance each other to give your taste bud and olfactory sense the best simulation. The noodle is immersed with the braised beef and soup, soaking up the taste. It has become the vehicle carrying the flavors so you can enjoy it with every bite. You may sweat over it, yet the satisfaction is addictive.

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