Sous vide cooking is new to me, a lot of my friends have already owned a Sous Vide Precision Cooker for a couple of years. I heard many good things about it but never thought about buying one until after the Thanksgiving holiday when there was a big sale. I purchased mine (Anova brand) and used it the very first time yesterday. Basically sous vide cooking is putting food in a bag and cooking it in a water bath. This technique is about bringing food up to a precisely controlled temperature to deliver super-juicy, flavor-packed results throughout the entire piece of meat. I personally don’t like the idea of cooking food in a plastic bag, but if I use those vacuum sealer bags that are BPA free, I think that is acceptable. Below is my first recipe – A Chinese soy sauce chicken – the meat was cooked just right, very tender and juicy. Please note this soy sauce chicken doesn’t need the searing step after the water bath.
|1||3-4 pound free range brown chicken 黃毛雞|
|3 slices||Fresh ginger|
|2 stalks||Green onions|
|7 Tbsp||Brown sugar|
|300ml||Light soy sauce|
|2 Tbsp||Mei Kuei Lu Chiew (Cooking wine) 玫瑰露酒|
Directions for making the sauce:
- Measure all ingredients and set aside (picture 1).
- Add a tablespoon of cooking oil to the frying pan, stir in ginger, garlic and green onion and cook for a minute. (pictures 2)
- Add a tablespoon of Mei Kuei Lu Chiew (cooking wine) and then add in 300 ml water. (pictures 3-4)
- Add in sugar, anise and bay leaves. (pictures 5 and 6)
- When the liquid is boiling, add a tablespoon of Mei Kuei Lu Chiew (cooking wine) and soy sauce. (pictures 7 and 8)
- Turn off fire after the sauce is slightly bubbling, transfer the sauce into a bowl and let it cool. (picture 9)
Directions for sous vide cooking:
- Bring a pot of water to a boil and put the whole chicken in for 30 seconds to 1 minute. This step will firm the chicken skin and allow the sauce to coat the chicken evenly. (picture a)
- Fill a pot of water, clip the Anova Sous Vide Precision Cooker to the side of the pot, download the app and connect Anova to your phone. Use the phone to set the temperature that you want the food to finish at. For this chicken, I set it to 155.5 for 6 hours.
- While the cooker is heating up the water, put chicken in a bag and pour sauce into the bag. Toss the chicken to make sure sauce gets on all sides. (pictures c and d)
- When water has reached the desired temperature, seal the bag using the water immersion technique (drop the bag into water slowly and air will come out, use binder clips to secure the bag). Place the bag in the water bath and let it cook for 6 hours. (pictures e and f)
- When the timer goes off, remove the bag from the water bath. Take out the chicken and let it cool. You can save the sauce and use it next time, just re-boil and freeze in the freezer.
Let the chicken rest for 10 minutes before cutting. Serve with white steamed rice.