Chinese New Year is my favourite festival and holiday, more so than Christmas! It’s this time of the year that relatives gather to feast and make merry : ) It’s also the time that businesses in this region make the most money. After all, everybody needs to shop for tons of groceries to feed visiting guests!
My man and I had some cans of abalone. After eating 1 on its own, chilled (yum!), we decided to open another for cooking. I was making a Chinese chicken stew that evening and thought it would make the gravy tastier. The recipe is very similar to the sesame oil chicken : )
Abalone, thickly sliced, reserve the abalone liquid
Chicken thighs, cut into chunks
Sliced shiitake mushrooms
Crushed chilli flakes
Light soy sauce
Chinese rice wine
Melt butter at medium heat in a skillet and mix in sesame oil. Fry the chopped garlic for about 1 to 2 minutes, then brown the chicken for about 3 to 5 minutes. Reduce the heat setting to low, add the mushrooms, abalone liquid to your liking, chilli flakes, oyster sauce, soy sauce and sesame oil, then cover and cook for another 20 minutes.
Stir in the abalone slices. If need be, add more abalone liquid, oyster and soy sauce and sesame oil for flavour. Cover and cook for another 3 minutes, then add a dash of Chinese rice wine, bring to a boil and serve immediately.
The gravy is super good spooned over rice! 😀
Wishing you fun,