Salt-Roasted Chicken with Marinade

Salt-Roasted Chicken with Marinade Category Cheese 
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Ingredients And Procedures

1 Roasting chicken, 4 1/2 to

-5 lbs. 1 lg Piece caul fat or

-cheesecloth soaked in oil 5 lb To 6 lb coarse (kosher)

-salt or rock salt ----------------------------------MARINADE---------------------------------- 3 sl Fresh ginger root

3 Whole garlic cloves,

-lightly crushed 3 Whole scallions, cut into

-3-inch sections 1 tb Peanut oil

1 tb Bean sauce

2 tb Thin soy sauce

1 tb Shaoxing wine or dry sherry

1 tb Sugar

1 Whole star anise

1 ts Whole Sichuan peppercorns,

-roasted 1/4 c Chicken broth

8 Whole stems Chinese parsley

Method: Salt-roasting [This marinade can also be used on roasted duck. S.C.] Fill the chicken with the marinade, skewer it shut, and allow it to dry for 1 1/2 hours. 1. Wrap the chicken in a large piece of caul fat or cheesecloth

soaked in oil. 2. Heat the salt in a pot [heavy Dutch oven, big wok or whatever can

take the heat. S.C.] on top of the stove over a low flame or in the oven at 350F for at least 1 hour. Pour off some of the salt, leaving just enough to cover the bottom of the pot. Lay the chicken on top of the salt in the pot and cover it with the remaining salt. Cover the pot and bake the chicken for 1 1/2 hours. 3. Remove the chicken from the salt.

4. Pull off the salt that remains caked on the chicken. Be careful,

because the salt is hot. 5. With a paper towel, wipe away the remaining salt. (The salt in

the pot can be reused.) 6. Peel off the caul fat, drain the marinade, and cut the chicken

into bite-size pieces. Serves 4 to 6 as a main course. May be served hot or cold; if cold, the chicken may be prepared up to a day in advance. (Do not reheat.) Suggested beverage: Pinot Noir or Burgundy From "Chinese Technique" by Ken Hom with Harvey Steiman. Simon and Schuster, New York. 1981. This is a good "guest" food. You can appear to have mastered esoteric Oriental cooking techniques without ever having actually prepared the dish before... Unless you drop the pot on the kitchen floor and set it on fire with the hot salt, it's a pretty foolproof cooking technique. I'd serve this two recipe with hot mustard, a bowl of hoisin sauce, Chinkiang vinegar, spiced salt and a bowl of chopped green onions for dipping along with some sweet Chinese pickles and lots of ice-cold Oriental beer. Heaven! (And rice, of course.) Posted by Stephen Ceideberg; August 12 1992.

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