Scallion Hua Juan! They're Chinese steamed flower buns - quite soft but still have a slight bite, savoury and flavoured with chopped scallions reddit.com/gallery/lzzzw0
[Homemade] Hua Juan (Chinese steamed buns with scallions)
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My dad's perfectly boiled White Cut Chicken (白切鸡) & Ginger Scallion Sauce (姜葱酱)! AKA Poached Whole Chicken or Bak Chit Gai, it's a simple, traditional, and almost-required dish for Lunar New Year, tied with many auspicious sayings and superstitions.
There's a saying in Chinese that goes something like, "No chicken, no banquet." This dish is steeped in tradition and good luck, and I'm extremely grateful to get to document how my dad does it and to share it with our community :)
This post will cover:
- How to boil the perfect, juicy White Cut Chicken
- How to make my dad’s addictive Ginger Scallion sauce
- The traditional Chinese way to carve and plate a chicken from head to toe
- The various Chinese idioms / meanings tied to whole chicken
Here are a few pictures of what the recipes look like if you want a visual :)
In Chinese tradition, chicken is intertwined with many sayings and superstitions of good fortune, wealth, and resilience.
Even though my parents didn't have much meat growing up in China, this is one of the dishes my parents always ate on Lunar New Year's eve and other festivities.
Especially with auspicious foods, Chinese superstition involves a lot of creative word-play. The word for chicken, gāi in Cantonese and jī in Mandarin, sounds like several words of good fortune.
Just to name a few phrases that my parents shared with us:
- hóu sai gaai 好世界 - A Cantonese phrase that roughly translates to good world, good life.
- dàjídàlì 大吉大利 - A Mandarin phrase that roughly translates to great luck, great profit.
- yáuh tàuh yáuh méih 有头有尾 - A Cantonese phrase that literally translates to: "has a head, has a tail." It means "good beginning, good ending." This is one of the reasons why it's important to make a whole chicken for Lunar New Year.
- jáau pàh jáau wàh 抓扒抓鏵 - A Toisanese phrase, related to eating the chicken legs, that roughly means "face all challenges with persistence."
So, basically, eat a whole chicken if you want to live. (jk)
Using a Proper Knife
The most intricate part of this recipe is the last step, where we carve up the chicken into pieces we can easily grab with a chopstick.
My dad has two knives - a "chef's knife", meant for vegetables and boneless meats, and a heavy duty cleaver, meant for occasions like this.
It's a lot harder to do this without a proper cleaver, so here are a few options you can look up:
- Dexter Russell Heavy Duty Cleaver
- [The same brand (not same model) as my dad's 40 year-old cleaver](https://item.taobao.com/item.htm?ut_sk=1.XR79XxYXt6sDAC8yCxOJl3U5_21380790_1609898344895.Copy.1&id=630231282048&detailSharePosition=interactBar&sourceType=item&suid=6C603
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Click on the link just to see how easy this is to make. Easy Creamy Tater Tot Casserole.
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• Cream Cheese - 1/3 of a cup
• Scallions - 3 -4 stalks
• Cheddar Cheese - 1 8 ounce bag
• Garlic Powder - 1 Tablespoon
• Salt - 1 teaspoon
• Pepper - 1/2 of a teaspoon
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