11 April 2019

Serves 4

4 chicken thighs or 6 drumsticks




2 tablespoons dark soy sauce

2 tablespoons rice wine or dry sherry

2 teaspoons cornstarch


Smoking Mixture


  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup uncooked long-grain rice
  • 1/4 cup Tea Tonic "Black Tea" leaves
  • 4 slices ginger, lightly crushed
  • 2 whole star anise
  • 2 teaspoons liquid smoke, or 1/4 teaspoon hickory chips



    1. If using chicken thighs, place chicken, skin side down, on a cutting board. With a sharp knife, cut slits 1/2 inch deep along both sides of the bone. Combine marinade ingredients in a bowl. Add chicken and stir to coat. Let stand for 10 minutes.
    2. Place a wide frying pan over medium heat until hot. Add oil, swirling to coat sides. Add chicken and cook until golden brown on all sides, 2 to 3 minutes per side.
    3. Prepare a wok for steaming. Cover and steam chicken over high heat for 30 minutes.
    4. Combine smoking mixture and spread evenly in a foil-lined wok. Set a round cake rack over smoking mixture. Place chicken, breast side up, on rack and place wok over high heat. When a mixture begins to smoke, cover wok with a foil-lined lid; reduce heat to medium-low and smoke until chicken takes a rich deep color, 12 to 15. Turn off heat and allow to sit with lid on for 5 minutes. Serve chicken hot r at room temperature.


Enjoy the smokey flavour!!

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