|3 pounds||Chicken, cut in half|
|1 cup||Light soy sauce|
|1 cup||Dark soy sauce|
|½ cup||Dry sherry|
|4 slices||Fresh ginger|
|6 cups||Peanut oil for deep frying|
Blanch the chicken halves in boiling water for 2 minutes. Drain.
Place the bird halves in a pot with the looing sauce ingredients and bring to a boil. They should be covered with the sauce. Turn the heat to a simmer and cook lightly for 15 minutes, then allow the halves to cool in the sauce. Remove and place on a rack on the counter. Pat dry with paper towels and dry the meat using an electric fan. Aim the fan at the bird halves for about 3 hours, or until the skin is dry to the touch. Deep fry one half at a time in oil at 350 degrees. Be very careful when sliding the half into the hot oil. A wok lid will be helpful in protecting your hands and face in case the oil should pop and spit at you. Deep fry each half until the skin is crispy and golden. Drain on paper towels before cutting up to serve.
From The Frugal Gourmet Cooks Three Ancient Cuisines, Jeff Smith, Avon, c 1989. Typed by Terri St.Louis-Woltmon O:).
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