snacks

BBQ wings Instant Pot dinner tonight

Chicken wings, drumettes and drumsticks are very popular poultry cuts in every world cuisine. What’s not to love with so many spice blends and marinade mix to choose. Quick and easy as snacks, party food, appetiser, side dish or as a main.

You never get bored with the endless ways of preparation, there are so many cooking tools and methods. We are warming up to ignite a fire.  Here’s a stovetop recipe for Chicken wings in a soy-chilli marinade.

This version recipe is prepared in the Instant Pot Duo using the high-pressure function first. When done grilled on the barbeque or in the oven for a brown crunch. Have the wings crispy and a little bit charred not blackened unless we would aim for Cajun style.

We’ll get to the “holy trinity” when I share my favourite jambalaya and gumbo, here’s a Black bean recipe. OK, back to the wings.

 

sticky BBQ wings, Asianfoodtrail, AFT

Sticky BBQ wings

Apart from the juicy BBQ wings and tender chicken legs, the best sticky sauce is made by using the cooking stock which has turned flavour rich now. After removing the wings, use the Instant Pot DUO saute mode to boil the stock reducing it by almost two-thirds or desired sauce thickness. Taste and add seasoning if needed.

The wings and chopped Chicken legs are well seasoned together with homemade BBQ sauce it guarantees sticky fingers and smacking lips. Serve sauce thin or thick as a dipping sauce on the side or drizzle on top of “sticky BBQ sauce chicken wings“.

Tips

#1 For those following a Keto, LCHF diet or sugar-free dietary restrictions in the recipe you will find an overview of substitutions I use and sugar-free sweetener which have zero calories but tastes even sweeter than sugar.

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1. Sticky BBQ sauce chicken wings recipe for Instant Pot | 2. BBQ saus kippenvleugels recept Instant Pot


#2 Smoking meat is an understatement in the States and now it’s trending and getting hotter here in The Netherlands too. Wild game is very lean meat and excellent on my Keto diet menu. Last weekend I prepared a venison hind leg, the key to smoking is going low and slow.

A meat smoking manifesto” by  Aaron Franklin is a great read on smoking tips and practice. He is one of America’s celebrated pit masters click on the link to have a peek. I will follow up soon sharing book tips & favourites here on books I have in my own collection and my reading wishlist.

Huat Kueh 发糕 or Prosperity Cake by Louisiana van Menxel

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A Guest recipe contribution from my Indonesian-Chinese friend and fantastic home Chef Lousiana van Menxel. Both our family moved around the same time to India and she has single-handedly rocked New Delhi with her famous Sate’s and left a lingering Indonesian food impression behind. They were sad to see her leave and I am very happy to enjoy her up close again, a more than welcome opportunity to sample even more of her dishes.

Louisiana shared her recipe of making Huat Kueh 发糕 (Fa Gao aka Fa kueh) or Prosperity Cake. Kue’s are a popular snack in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, (even Vietnamese and Thai dessert versions) as a former colony it is also popular in The Netherlands. What makes it so special is that besides local native specialities you can distinguish many different cultural influences as Chinese and European pastry making methods.

Another indication is language in Chinese-Indonesian culinary culture, mainly through loanwords derived from the Hokkien, Hakka and Cantonese dialects for many snacks and dishes. For example kue is derived from the Hokkien pronunciation ‘kueh’.

Huat Kueh or easier pronounced Prosperity cake, the name originates due to leavening process when the cake produces a bloom that bursts, opening up the top like a flower symbolizing a burst of prosperity.  The prosperity cakes were often used as props in many Lion dances during Chinese New Year’s celebrations or business openings to bring prosperity and good luck.

If not by friends or family food talk, a simple search on the internet will provide an impressive overload on recipes and making methods for Huat Kueh, which also proves how popular this scrumptious little cake is in south-east Asia and in Chinese diaspora’s across the globe.

'Huat Kueh' 发糕  Prosperity Cake

‘Huat Kueh’ 发糕 Prosperity Cake

 

The earliest method of making these cakes comes from the tradition of making Chinese rice wine as was customary in the old days in many farm households, a sustainable life was a survival necessity. Nothing was spoiled and everything has it purpose or re-used, so were the wine lees (sediment after wine is filtered). Wine lees* as well as soy pulp (okara) were fed to the pigs on the farm or the lees were used to be mixed with rice flour into fermentation in making these prosperity cakes, hence the wait for a couple days but it is absolutely worth it.

Fermented rice has many purposes and I have seen the product in plastic containers at the Oriental Supermarket in The Hague on display directly in front when you pass through the entry gates. Worth to note is that in south-east Asia you will often notice the use of Eno* as a substitute for baking powder.

Can’t wait to try my hand with Louisiana’s Huat Kueh, have devoured these on many occasions and now they hopefully will burst as prosperous out of my steam pan soon and yours too 🙂 However if you rather like to just east them, she is happy to make them for you, send me an e-mail request to connect with Louisiana HomeChef.

Terima kasih banyak, Lousiana! ♥ 非常感谢!

Huat Kueh 发糕

Louisiana’s resep asli in Indonesian for English recipe box below;

Bahan:
Mix A:
250 beras
2 sendok air
2 sendok teh ragi/ tape
2 sendok teh gula
Campur semua diamkan 2 hari

Mix B:
300 gr gula
4 gelas air
Di masak dan diamkan dingin

Menggabungkan:
A+ B di mixer di halusin semua baru campur 600 gr tepung beras dan diamkan 9 jam dan baking powder 2 sendok teh.

sebagai langkah terakhir:
Panaskan royang 20 menit
Taruhkan mangkok ke dlm kukus
Taruh ENO 2 sendok
Baru tuangkan kedalam mangkok kukus 20 menit.

Dingin dan Selamat makan

 

Prosperous tray of Huat Kueh

Prosperous tray of Huat Kueh

Note:

  • The Japanese sake rice lees makes a perfect marinade base for meat, vegetable or fish, read this food & wine article by Makiko Itoh. Digesting of brown lees is also good for health especially lowering the risk for type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease according to a PubMed (US National Center for Biotechnology Information) article click to read for more information.
  • Eno (a fast-acting effervescent fruit salts, used as an antacid for upset stomach and reliever of bloating) contains; sodium bicarbonate, citric acid with anhydrous sodium bicarbonate, when it gets mixed with water the bubbles of CO₂ gets produced which relieves gases. The soda neutralizes the acids in the stomach. Hence their tag-line; “Gets to work in 6 seconds”. Available in little 150 gr. jars or 5 gr. sachets  at most Asian shops and supermarkets in The Netherlands and other European countries, however since 2013 it is withdrawn from the UK market. While Eno can be taken  by diabetics, their competitors with alternative fruit salts use sucrose making it unsuitable for diabetics.

Chicken wings in soy-chili marinade

Don’t we all just love finger food, all time favourite chicken wings in a soy-chilli marinade, whether it is as a snack at a party or a nosh with beer and wine. It means happy time!

We had friends coming over to enjoy dinner together later tonight, but since we hadn’t really had lunch I prepared some appetizers with other snacks. These chicken wings are juicy coated in a sticky sauce, finger licking good with a bite!

After marinating (3-4 hrs or preferably overnight) I transferred the chicken wings on a grilling rack into a hot air grilling combi-oven, 220°C for 20 min. Next slowly reduce the left-over marinade in a pan into a syrupy consistency and poured that over as sticky sauce (or you can choose to serve it in a separate bowl as a dipping sauce).

Preparing the dipping sauce

Chicken wings soy-chilli marinade

Easy does it, give Chicken wings in soy-chili marinade recipe a try and be warned it becomes addictive, let me know your results. Leave a comment on how your wings turned out.