This post was sponsored by Ling Ling, all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
Sometimes a night in can be as delicious and satisfying as a takeout meal. Especially when there is a bit of help provided from a Ling Ling Asian Entree!
We have enjoyed a delicious meal yesterday by making a meal out of a Yakiniku Beef Entree and a homemade War Shu Gai chicken. It was such an unbelievable flavor! I am going to tell you all about, and why we have chosen this exact meal to make.
We have a beautiful Asian fusion restaurant in our area, and we used to love going there to eat. My most favorite dish from them was Almond Chicken where a chicken breast with some delicious batter was deep-fried, and then served on a bed of lettuce, topped with almond slivers, and served with a gravy type sauce on the side. What happened once was that the chicken was not as delicious as always, almost tasted boiled, and then the second time we ordered the same dish, I couldn’t actually cut through it – it was overdone, and just tasted awful. I had to send it back. I felt bad, I almost never send meals back, this was a very unusual experience for me. The owners of the restaurant got me a new dish, but they seemed visibly upset with us, that we actually dared to send the dish back.
We used to sometimes go out to this restaurant, or we would order a take out from them, and it used to always be a delight. We would get so many different options, and would enjoy the variety of delicious meals, full of favorite flavors. However, after that odd order experience, I don’t think we can ever come back there. At least I wouldn’t dare ordering this dish from them again. It has been months since this event, and we still haven’t been back. We really love eating Asian food as a family, and so we have decided to recreate my favorite dish at home this time to see if we can do it ourselves.
I am so happy I was able to pick us a few Ling Ling Asian Entrees at Walmart in my latest trip. I got rice and noodles to try. Yakiniku Rice is definitely our favorite so far, but we haven’t tried all of the different entrees just as yet.
When we are cooking at home, while we love to make daylong meals in theory, in practice we just don’t have enough time. Our days go by fast, and by the end of the night there is not a lot of time left to create a many course meal that we would love to have. That is where Ling Ling Asian Entrees coming to help out.
In order to get a variety that we are used to when we get a takeout, it is possible to get all of the same delicious options just during your weekly trip to Walmart. The time you spend on shopping is no different, but then you save time on ordering at the restaurant, and waiting for the dish to be ready. With Ling Ling Asian entrees that are ready in just a few minutes, you get the rest of your evening to sit back and enjoy the food, or you can spend more time on other dishes to give more options to your family to eat.
This is exactly what we did. We had our rice dish covered with amazing Yakiniku Beef Fried Rice. Just like in our favorite Asian fusion restaurant, Ling Ling entrees are inspired by recipes from different Asian countries – Japan, China, Korea and Thailand. There are five unique dishes available – Yakitori Chicken, Yakiniku Beef, Thai-Style Chicken, Chinese-Style Vegetable, Bibimbap Beef. I can’t wait to try more of these flavors!
It is really amazing how quickly the rice was ready. So simple to make – just add some oil, cover for a few minutes, and then the rice dish is ready, and even crispy in texture! I think the secret is in the new technologies of freezing that are used to prepare this dish for consumers – they use an Infusion Cooking Method where the flavors are infused throughout the rice dish, making it taste like it was just prepared on the spot by a sophisticated chef for a professional restaurant. If I were to make a fried rice dish myself, and then freeze it and reheat it, it will never taste the same. This dish is excellent in flavor! We always end up making two bags of rice that is supplied because everyone goes for seconds and thirds, it is that delicious!
I am happy to let you know that there is a coupon offer available right now for $2 off one box of Ling Ling Fried Rice, Noodles or Dumplings at any retailer that carries these products. If you are interested in reading more about these entrees, more recipe ideas, and finding out what stores carry these Ling Ling Asian Entrees, you can check out these pages:
- Ling Ling Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/LingLingAsianKitchen/
- Ling Ling Fried Rice Store Locator: https://goo.gl/7Hpw8Z
For the second dish to serve with our rice, I was able to recreate an Almond Chicken Recipe by making War Shu Gai chicken. I have learned a lot about this dish, that it is actually common in Michigan. It is essentially a cornstarch based batter, and a cornstarch based mushroom sauce that is served with it. It is not that complicated. I think I can safely say it was a hit at home, the whole dish I made was eaten – no leftovers! I have used the recipe base from Genius Kitchen, but I have modified it a bit to my taste. Forgot the green onions when I made it, but here is the recipe.
- 3 chicken breasts
- ½ tsp of salt
- 2 TBSP of cooking sherry
- 6 TBSP of cornstarch
- 3 TBSP of all-purpose flour
- 3 TBSP of almond flour
- 2 eggs
- 5 TBSP of water
- Vegetable oil for frying
- 4 TBSP of cornstarch
- 3 TBSP of water
- TBSP of mushroom soup base
- 3 cups of water
- 3 TBSP of butter
- 1 package of mushrooms
- 2 TBSP of soy sauce
- Almond slivers and green onions to serve
- Marinade chicken in sherry, add salt.
- Prepare your sauce, and keep it on low until ready to serve. Combine all sauce ingredients, slowly mixing conrstarch first with water, and then adding the broth to it, add the rest of the ingredients, let the pot boil, and then simmer it.
- Prepate the batter. Make sure the batter is of a good consistency to be able to stick to the chicken. You may need to play around a bit with the amount of water until you reach the right consistency of fairly liquid sticky dough-like mixture, kind of similar to pancake style dough.
- Serve over lettuce or rice, pour some sauce over the chicken, sprinkle with almond slivers and green onions.
Let me know in comments what types of dishes you like to eat and serve with fried rice, I would love to add more to our favorites!