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Steamed Chicken with Ginger, Salted Fish & Bénédictine

Friday, 18 September 2009

I haven't been sleeping well lately and have been quite irritated by that so I resorted to Bénédictine, which is a French herbal liqueur made up of 27 plants and spices. It is a tonic for both women and men and is believed that it aids sleep and has many other benefits. I've always referred to this as D.O.M. but found out the real name only a month ago when I asked a friend to get me a bottle from the airport (FYI D.O.M actually stands for "Deo Optimo Maximo" which in Latin means "For our best, greatest God"...hehe, the wonders of Wiki.). He thought I was pregnant but I thought it's to be taken during confinement after giving birth. Anyway, I was neither, just plain sleep-deprived.

So, the verdict? Despite the fact that it tasted somewhat horrible (like super strong alcoholic cough mixture), I actually did sleep like a log everytime I have a shot just before I go to bed. I'm beginning to wonder if it's due to the high alcohol content (it's 70 proof, which I believe is 35% alcohol). Anyhow, it's not a pleasant drink and I thought I'd cook with it instead. The sauce was really gingery, with a slight herby taste - very delicious.

Steamed Chicken with Ginger, Salted Fish & Bénédictine

  • 750g chicken pieces - de-skinned, de-boned and sliced into bite size
  • 25g ginger - julienned
  • 2 tbs salted fish - cut into small pieces
  • 3 tbs Bénédictine
  • A dash of salt
  • A dash of white pepper powder
  • 1 tsp sesame oil

  • Mix together all ingredients (except salted fish) in a steaming bowl.
  • Spinkle salted fish on top of chicken.
  • Steam for about 20 mins or until done.
  • Taste, add salt if necessary.

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