I don’t know what has gotten into me lately. All I want to do is cook, cook and COOK! It’s not like I’m hungry all the time, I just feel very motivated to try cooking new dishes.
The hubs has been taking advantage capitalizing saying that since I enjoy cooking so much, he should have friends over for dinner. Now cooking for the both of us and cooking for guests are two different things altogether. Hubs has friends who comprises of people who, lemme see, are vegetarians, don’t eat fish, don’t eat seafood, eats “very healthily”, don’t eat any spices, don’t eat Asian food. So whenever we have guests coming over, I get REAL flustered trying to accomodate to people’s needs. Why can’t more people be like me? I eat everything and anything under the sun, save for innards. I’m not fussy, I’m open to new food, I eat spicy food, I eat bland food. I’m so easy to please!
Two days ago, we had 2 friends over. Now cooking for these two is not much of a problem as they aren’t so fussy, though one of them eats quite healthily and sometimes have allergies, so I have to be careful what to cook.
Since it was more of an impromptu kinda dinner, I made my Cold Sesame Seed Soba and put it in the fridge to be served when our friends arrived. I also made some grilled chicken wings served with a honey mustard dipping sauce. When I was still in Malaysia, I loved the honey mustard sauce served at Chilli’s and would always ask for more. I managed to replicate the sauce successfully and it was amazingly simple to make.
I had some leftover toasted sesame seeds from my soba, so I put some on the wings, and whaddaya know, it goes very well!
10 chicken wings
2 tsp Chinese wine
2 tsp sesame oil
1 tbsp light soy sauce
2 tbsp dark soy sauce
2 tbsp oyster sauce
2 tbsp honey
Handful of toasted sesame seeds
Tabasco sauce, to taste
Salt and pepper to taste
1. Combine all ingredients except tabasco sauce, and marinate chicken wings overnight. I made these when we had guests over, and grilled the extra few wings the next night. The batch that was marinated longer tasted WAY better.
2. A ziploc bag works best as the wings are laid out flat and are marinated evenly. Turn the bag over 2-3 times a day during marination.
3. Preheat oven to 200 degrees celcius and using the grill function, grill the wings for about 15-20 minutes till they turn a nice glossy brown. Baste once or twice with the marinade while cooking, and turn the wings for even cooking. If you have a barbeque, even better!
4. About 10 minutes into cooking, sprinkle the wings liberally with tabasco sauce, more if you like your wings spicy. Continue grilling for about 5 minutes.
5. When wings look almost done, sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds, and grill for another 4-5 minutes.
6. Serve with honey mustard sauce and cucumber or celery sticks.
Honey Mustard Sauce – You will be dipping your fingers into this and eating it as it is. I did!
2 tbsp mayonnaise
1 tbsp honey
1.5 tsp Dijon mustard
A sprinkle of paprika powder (optional)
Beat all ingredients well till there are no more lumps. Paprika powder is optional, but it gives the sauce a pretty hue.
Very addictive. You have been warned! 😉