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  • Post #31 - March 10th, 2014, 11:23 am
    Post #31 - March 10th, 2014, 11:23 am Post #31 - March 10th, 2014, 11:23 am
    Ho -Toy's WOR SUE GAI
    This recipe was from the Ho -Toy Restaurant in Columbus, Ohio, and was in The Dispatch years ago.

    2 tablespoons Accent
    2 tablespoons salt
    1 1/2 teaspoons star aniseed, see note
    1 1/2 pieces dried ginger root (medium size), see note
    About 1 1/2 quarts water
    1 chicken (2 to 3 pounds)
    Peanut oil for deep-frying

    Water Chestnut Batter:
    1 tablespoon water chestnut powder, see note
    1/2-cup flour
    1-cup cornstarch
    1/2-teaspoon salt
    About 1 1/2 cups water

    1 quart strained chicken broth
    1-tablespoon sugar
    1 tablespoon browning sauce, such as Kitchen Bouquet
    1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
    1 1/2 tablespoons cold water
    Shredded lettuce

    Put Accent, 2 tablespoons salt, the aniseed, dried Ginger root and, 1 1/2 quarts water in a kettle and bring to a boil. Add chicken (and additional water if chicken is not covered) and simmer slowly until chicken is cooked (2-3 hours) and tender. Remove chicken from broth and cool. Reserve broth.

    Prepare Water Chestnut Batter by combining water chestnut powder, flour, cornstarch, salt and water. The mixture should be the consistency of pancake batter. If too thick, add more water. When chicken is cool, bone it and cut into pieces about 1 1/2 inches square. Press pieces of chicken into Water Chestnut Batter and deep-fry in peanut oil at 450- until brown.

    While chicken is cooking, prepare Gravy by blending broth, sugar and browning sauce. Combine cornstarch and cold water. Heat chicken broth mixture; then add dissolved cornstarch. Cook, stirring, until thickened.
    Serve cooked chicken on shredded lettuce with the gravy.

    Note: Star aniseed and water chestnut powder can be purchased at Asian food stores and some supermarkets. If dried ginger cannot be found, fresh ginger can be substituted.

    Gil Ehret (Sonny Gil)
    Circleville, Ohio
  • Post #32 - June 11th, 2014, 10:35 am
    Post #32 - June 11th, 2014, 10:35 am Post #32 - June 11th, 2014, 10:35 am
    I've only tried War Sue Gai at a couple spots in Detroit. As discussed it's available all over that region and is also commonly found around Columbus, Ohio. I've had a couple itches for it over the last year but only found two places with it listed on the menu. Weird since we're close enough to both city's and I'm sure there's folks in the restaurant business who have a connection to either or of the towns. I've been in and out of Elgin for work so I finally had the chance to give the Almond Boneless Chicken at Green Jade a try. This place screams American-Chinese from the dimly lit dining room to the 1970's booths to the customers and buffet table many of them were eating from. The dish was damn good if you like to indulge in the guilty pleasure that is regionalized Americanized Chinese food. Nicely fried breast with the stir fried veggies and gravy underneath to help keep the crispiness intact. I'll be back.

    Almond Boneless Chicken aka ABC Chicken aka War Su Gai aka War Shu Gai

    Green Jade Restaurant
    10 Tyler Creek Plaza
    Elgin, IL 60123
    (847) 888-8010