One of the best things I like about cooking is trying different foods so when I was offered the chance to review Encona’s new marinades, I couldn’t wait to get cooking! I received the Korean BBQ and Moroccan Harissa marinade. Korean food is something I wasn’t very familiar with so I was keen to try the BBQ marinade first. The hardest thing about making Asian food, which I love, is cooking on a budget whilst keeping the flavours. There are certain ingredients that I wouldn’t use every day so I try and make do with the things I have in my cupboard already.
The sauce is great for getting the authentic flavours without having to buy all the ingredients. It is one of the most mild of three marinades, it has a sweet, smoky barbeque taste with a spicy after tang. It is not something I would recommend for children, that is why I have paired it with the sweet noodles, but the adults of the house loved it! The sauce is suitable for vegetarians and vegans so it would be perfect with marinated vegetables or tofu.
For the chicken:
180g Encona Korean BBQ Marinade
4 chicken breasts. cut into 3cm strips
3 tbsp of sesame seeds
3 tbsp oil (I used vegetable oil)
- Place chicken strips into a large bowl with the marinade. Stir until all the chicken is coated in the sauce. Cover the bowl and put into the fridge for 3 hours or you can even leave it over night.
- Heat the oil in a large frying pan, fry the chicken for 10-15 minutes on a medium heat, stirring frequently.
- Serve, top with sesame seeds.
For the sweet fried noodles:
200g rice noodles
80ml dark soy sauce
2tbsp oil (I have used vegetable oil)
2 large carrots, grated
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
200g mushrooms, sliced
1 onion, sliced
50g brown sugar
- In a large frying pan, fry the mushrooms, onions and carrots for 10 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for another 1 minute.
- In a bowl, mix together the soy sauce, oil and brown sugar. Mix well and then stir into the ingredients in the frying pan. Add the noodles and water, let it simmer on a medium heat for 5-10 minutes or until the sauce has reduced.