Year of the Dragon - Dong Tao Chicken Recipe

As the Chinese New Year ushers in the year of the dragon, it's an opportunity to explore culinary classics that embody the spirit of this zodiac sign.

In the celestial calendar integral to Chinese tradition, the Year of the Dragon stands as a symbol of power, daring, and good fortune. Esteemed as the most auspicious year in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac, the dragon's year is marked by celebrations, feasting and culinary delights.

The Indo-Chinese cuisine offers the perfect metaphorical feast with Dong Tao (Dragon) Chicken, a dish as fiery and commanding as the mythical creature it's named after. The dish's blazing red sauce, laced with a host of robust ingredients, captures the essence of the dragon's legendary vigour.

Historical anecdotes suggest that the original recipe may have included the rare Dong Tao or 'dragon chicken'—a Vietnamese breed recognised by its markedly large feet, although this detail remains a subject of debate.

Dong Tao Chicken Signature Sauce

Crafting the signature sauce for Dong Tao Chicken involves a blend of Tomato Ketchup, Sriracha, Dark Soy, Oyster Sauce, Rice Vinegar, and a harmonic sweetening with Sugar and Honey. This is further enriched with the pungency of IQF Garlic Pellets and the zest of IQF Julienne Ginger.

Each component plays a crucial role, with Vegetable and Sesame Oils bringing a silky mouthfeel, Water for the right consistency, and Corn Starch ensuring a luxuriously thick texture. The resultant flavour profile is classically Asian—spicy, sour, salty, sweet, all with umami notes courtesy of the oyster sauce and tomato ketchup.

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