Dragon & Phoenix in a Basket

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The perfect couple in Feng Shui: the dragon is yang while the phoenix is yin. Here’s a quick and easy Chinese fusion recipe for bringing good Feng Shui to your family and friends.

Let's start cooking!

Chopped chicken pieces

Step 1 - Marinate the chicken

  • Cut chicken into 1 cm cubes. Combine 1 tsp soy sauce, 1 Tbsp wine, and ¼ tsp pepper in a bowl.

  • Add chicken and stir to coat. Set aside to let marinate for 15 minutes.

For a more intense flavour, marinate the chicken for a longer period of time.
Boiled US asparaguses in a large pan of water

Step 2 - Boil the asparagus

  • Bring a large pan of water to a boil.

  • Add asparagus and cook until tender-crisp, about 2 minutes.

US asparagus is much bigger than most other varieties of asparagus, but can be substituted for any kind you find at the market.
  • Drain and set aside
Mushrooms, chicken and peppers fried in a large wok

Step 3 - Stir-fry chicken and vegetables

  • Place a wok over high heat until hot.

  • Add oil, swirling to coat sides. Add garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 10 seconds. Add chicken, red bell pepper, and mushrooms.

  • Stir-fry for 2 minutes.

Cornstarch poured into pan mixture of garlic, chicken, peppers and mushrooms

Step 4 - Thicken the sauce

  • Add ¼ cup chicken stock and 2 Tbsp oyster sauce then bring to a boil.

  • Dissolve 1 tsp cornstarch in 2 tsp water then add this mixture into the pan.

  • Stir until sauce boils and thickens.

Spring onion, aparagus and basil leaves added into pan dish

Step 5 - Finish the dish

  • Add asparagus, spring onions and thai basil then toss to mix.

  • Season with salt and set aside.

Deep-fried edible basket made out of vermicelli in pot

Step 6 - Deep-fry edible basket

  • To make the edible basket, heat cooking oil in a wok for deep-frying to 190°C.

  • Dip strainers into the hot oil to coat them.

It is important to ensure the strainers are hot so that the vermicelli will not stick to them after frying.
  • Line one strainer with vermicelli about 1 cm thick.
You may substitute with taro root or potato.
  • Nest second strainer on top of vermicelli then immerse strainers in oil.

  • Deep-fry until golden brown.

  • Remove vermicelli basket from strainers and drain on paper towels.

Plate and serve!

Stir-fried chicken, mushrooms and peppers topped over vermicelli basket served in mini wok

Spoon chicken and vegetables into basket and serve immediately

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