I absolutely love any recipe from Ching He-Huang. Simple & Delicious seems to be her mantra. Most of the ingredients she uses in her recipes are easy to find. The only ingredient that she uses often and was difficult for me to find was Shaoshing rice wine, which I eventually found easily in Chinese supermarkets. However, Ching recommends using dry sherry as a substitute. She says that it adds a 'sweet-bitterness' to the dish, but I also think that it adds that Chinese food aroma, making it feel authentic!
The main reason I started writing this blog is because many of my friends would exclaim when I told them I cooked almost every day, that it didn't mean spending many laborious hours in the kitchen and nor was it a chore for me. Not that I am against eating out or ordering in, but I am for cooking most of your meals (at least week day meals). It's usually healthier and definitely healthier on the wallet ;-)
The best tip I can give any new home cook is to have your basics in your kitchen prepped as much as possible. Once I week I mince onions, ginger and garlic and store them in the refrigerator in airtight containers. You can use a food processor to help you quickly chop. I also wash cilantro and store it tightly wrapped in paper towels in a ziploc bag. These are my basic ingredients that I use all the time in most of my home cooking. So if you look at the ingredient list below, the only chopping I had to do for this recipe was to finely slice the spring onions.
These sliders are what we had for dinner tonight, and they were simply incredible! Hmm… maybe a new recipe to save for those Fourth of July barbecue's coming up?
Adapted from Ching He-Huang's Chinese Sliders recipe
Makes 8 sliders
For the patties
1 pound ground chicken or ground lean pork
2 spring onions, finely sliced
1-inch ginger, grated
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon Shaoshing rice wine, or dry Sherry
1 large egg
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon soya sauce
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon Sriracha, or any Asian chili sauce
Salt and pepper, to taste
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
For the sauce
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1-inch ginger, minced
1 cup hoisin sauce
3 tablespoons honey
8 English muffins, very slightly toasted
8 slices of onion
Jalapeño slices (optional)
- In a large mixing bowl, mix the ground chicken or pork with the next nine ingredients for the patties. Mix with clean hands and form into 8 mini-patties, slightly larger than a golf ball. Let it marinate for two hours.
- Preheat the oven to 450F.
- Preheat a large cast-iron skillet over medium-low heat for 5 minutes. Raise the heat to high and add 2 tablespoons vegetable oil. Add the chicken burgers and cook, turning once, until well-browned, about 3 minutes each side.
- Transfer the cast-iron skillet to the preheated oven and continue to cook, about 10–15 minutes. Alternatively, cook entirely on the stove top and avoid the oven entirely.
- Using a spatula, remove the burgers onto a plate and return the cast-iron skillet to the stove top. Heat 2 tablespoons vegetable oil over medium-high heat and add the ginger, hoisin sauce and honey.
- Add the chicken burgers and coat in the sauce.
- Assemble the sandwiches, layered with cucumber slices and onion.