Dublin has been Ireland’s primary city since medieval times. Today it is Ireland’s main port and the center of commercial, financial, and administrative power. It is one of the fastest-growing European cities. While its history has been one of war and conquest, since the 1990’s it has re-emerged as an economic miracle. The era of economic growth from 1993-2008 has been dubbed the Celtic Tiger years that made Dublin the fifth richest city in the world at the end of 2008. Dublin is arguably one of the friendliest cities to visit. It is known for its vibrant and welcoming pub culture. Dublin is well-placed to continue its growth as a prosperous city. With its long history of emigration, the city continues to welcome new talents and international guests from literati to young travelers, all wanting to call Dublin their home.
Dublin’s very own award-winning chef, Kwangi Chan, has taught us how to cook everyone's favorite Sweet & Sour Chicken. And you can learn it too with this simple recipe.
Dublin’s very own award-winning chef, Kwangi Chan, is a very well-recognized TV sensation. His restaurant, Bites by Kwangi, combines Irish Asian influences and presents Asian Fusion Street food in a fine dining setting. Bites by Kwangi also serves an extensive selection of wines and caters to office-going people in Dublin. Chef Kwangi is the benchmark for Asian food in Dublin, so do try your hand at recreating his simple yet elegant recipe for Cantonese Sweet & Sour Chicken.
Step 1. Preheat vegetable oil to 350 degrees Fahrenheit for deep frying. Take the chicken filets in a large bowl and crack the egg in it. Season the chicken and eggs with salt and pepper and mix well. Take the chicken filets and coat them in cornstarch. Deep fry the chicken filets for 5-7 minutes on medium heat or till they turn golden brown. Set aside on a resting rack.
Step 2. For the sweet & sour sauce, in a bowl, add the orange juice, sesame oil, soya sauce, vinegar, honey, and ketchup and whisk it together. Add 3 tbsp of cornstarch to the sweet & sour mixture.
Step 3. Place a large wok over medium heat and add 3-4 tbsp vegetable oil. Next, add the chopped garlic and onion to the wok and sauté for 2 minutes. Add the chopped bell peppers and tomatoes to the wok and cook for 3 minutes, add the sweet & sour mixture to the wok.
Step 4. When the sauce starts boiling, add 2 tbsp cornstarch and the chopped spring onion. Cook for one minute till the sauce starts to thicken and add the fried chicken filets to the wok. Mix the wok. Make sure to coat every piece of chicken filet in the sauce. Garnish with spring onion and serve.
Tip: Serve the sweet & sour chicken on a bed of fluffy white rice.
Dublin's elegant Georgian architecture makes it one of the most attractive capitals in Europe. Dublin’s entertainment scene is also worth mentioning, from the boozy Guinness storehouse and temple bar to the more cultured theatres and fine dining eateries with Michelin stars, you’ll never run out of things to see in this city. Every month there is a new list of events, concerts, festivals, and shows taking place all around the city. Something that everyone should experience once in their life is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin, a spectacle when the whole city parties and nothing else matters that day.
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