General Gong Fei was my character’s name in ‘Shanghai Moon” at Drama Dept. This is a real basic Chinese chicken recipe. I am still learning how to cook, and I am in the mood these days of making everything as easy as possible. I have just taken my mom’s recipe and kind of “bachelorized” it. I was going to call it “BD Wong Bastardizes his Mom’s Chicken” but that didn’t sound quite as elegant as I’d hoped. Oh, I forgot to tell you that if you like real specific recipes, this one might make you want to set yourself ablaze
General Gong’s Chicken
By BD Wong, Actor
Courtesy of Tupperware Cooks! Favorite Recipes of Notable Celebrities and World Renowned Chefs
low sodium soy sauce
1. Basically you get some chicken. You can get a whole, cut-up chicken, or just pick your favorite parts and get a “coupla few” pounds. (This is really good with chicken wings, for parties and stuff, and any other combo of parts for BBQs, picnics and parties.) You get whatever amount of chicken you want to make, and then you wash it and paper towel it dry and do whatever your mom taught you to do, and then you put it in a big Tupperware container. (Really, this is part of the recipe. Use an old one from your mom’s stash, the kind that burps real good.)
2.Then you take a bottle of low sodium soy sauce and pour it over the chicken until it’s just mostly covering the chicken. Then take a few cloves of garlic, let’s just say one clove for every three pieces of chicken, and smash them by covering them with a big knife and pounding the blade down with your fist hard. Take the “road kill” garlic and sprinkle it all over the top. Then mince up some ginger. I would say about the same amount as the garlic. One thumb size piece of ginger is about two cloves, wouldn’t you say? Sprinkle that over the top of the chicken/soy sauce/garlic mess as well. Then take a few tablespoons of honey – let’s say a tablespoon per two pounds of chicken – and drizzle that over the top. Then all you do is put the top on the container, burp it, shake it around to get the honey and other stuff dispersed. Put it in the refrigerator upside down overnight.
3.When you’re ready to make chicken, preheat the oven to 350°F. Put the chicken on a big broiling pan, skin side down, for a half hour. Then turn each piece and bake for another half hour.
Tip: You could also marinate the chicken in a shallow oven tempered glass baking dish, cover it with plastic wrap and refrigerate. Then just remove the wrap and bake the whole thing for an hour, marinade and everything, turning the chicken pieces so they are not all submerged the whole time. This is also nice if you don’t have overnight to put the chicken in the fridge. Then you have a kind of hot soy sauce marinade that is nice.