Korean Fried Chicken Salad DECONSTRUCTED

Korean Fried Chicken Salad

Korean Fried Chicken Salad DECONSTRUCTED

Soy & Rice Wine Marinated Fried Chicken Tenders, Mixed Lettuces
Yellow Pickled Radish, Bamboo Shoots
Fried Seasoned Seaweed, Onion, Potato, Cucumber

Spicy Gochugaru Dressing, Pine Nut Vinaigrette

Recently I was inspired by a serving platter. A gorgeous sculpted platter, a birthday gift from my brother and sister-in-law. I had been displaying it as a centerpiece, but had not actually used it to serve any food. It is too special, and fragile. Several of the small cups are attached to the platter, in various sizes and angles. They reminded me of banchan plates, used to serve a variety of Korean side dishes. Whatever I was going to serve on this platter had to be worthy of its simplicity, uniqueness, and beauty…

SERVING PLATTER SCULPTURE

Serving Platter Sculpture

UPDATE 6/14/2013:
Many people have been asking where Don & Kristy found this stunning platter.
It can be purchased at Jill, and they ship! Happy shopping!

Jill Home Accents and Gifts
Palm Springs, California
760-778-8819

Korean Fried Chicken Salad DECONSTRUCTED Recipe

Korean Fried Chicken Salad

FRIED CHICKEN TENDERS

Korean Fried Chicken Salad

Marinade

  • 1 T. makkoli (Korean rice wine)
  • 1 T. soy sauce
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped

Combine ingredients in a large bowl. Add chicken tenders, massage the marinade into the meat. Let marinate for 20 minutes.

  • cornstarch
  • gochugaru (chili powder)

Season cornstarch with gochugaru. Dredge the chicken in cornstarch mixture, shake off excess. Fry in canola oil until golden brown. Drain on paper towels.

SALAD ACCOMPANIMENTS

Korean Fried Chicken Salad

  • Danmuji – this Korean yellow pickled radish is sweet, sour and crispy
  • Gim jaban – sesame oil fried seaweed seasoned with sesame seeds, sugar, and salt
  • Juk-sun – par-boiled bamboo shoots from the Asian market are sliced and blanched for one minute, shocked in an ice bath, and drained
  • Diced cucumber
  • Diced onion
  • Diced potato

DRESSINGS

Korean Fried Chicken Salad
Spicy Gochugaru Dressing – this excellent dressing comes from my friends at Gina Lee’s Bistro:

  • 1/4 c. gochugaru (chili powder)
  • 1/3 c. sugar
  • 1/2 c. soy sauce
  • 1 1/4 c. rice wine vinegar
  • 1 c. toasted sesame oil

Place first four ingredients in a blender. Blend, starting on low, add sesame oil very slowly while increasing the blender speed. Chill.

This recipe makes enough for other dishes, try it on Korean BBQ Flank Steak with Scallion Fried Rice & Tofu Stir-Fry, like they do at Gina Lee’s.

Jat  (Pine Nut) Vinaigrette:

  • 1/4 c. pine nuts
  • 2 T. hot water
  • 1 T. sesame oil
  • 2 t. seasoned rice wine vinegar
  • sea salt
  • ground black pepper

Roughly grind the pine nuts with a mortar and pestle. Stir in the water, oil, and vinegar. Season with salt and pepper.

Korean Fried Chicken Salad DECONSTRUCTED For Two

Korean Fried Chicken Salad

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26 thoughts on “Korean Fried Chicken Salad DECONSTRUCTED”

  1. I too would be afraid to use that fragile looking beauty. But now that you have I’m sure you can think of so many other things to serve in it. I shall keep my eyes peeled for your future creations. GREG

    1. UPDATE 6/14/2013:
      Many people have been asking where Don & Kristy found this stunning platter.
      It can be purchased at Jill, and they ship! Happy shopping!

      Jill Home Accents and Gifts
      Palm Springs, California
      760-778-8819

  2. Hmm: This surely must be the most beautiful deconstructed dish I have ever seen in a photo or on a plate in front of me – superb photography as ever! Am not nor ever will be old fashioned or jaded or unwilling to look at new ways of doing things, but deconstructed food as an entity so far is taking a wide berth around me or I around it . . . perhaps times will change 🙂 !

  3. First of all that platter is amazing! I can see how it was the inspiration for this salad. What a fun and gorgeous salad! I love eating deconstructed foods. You can really enjoy the individual flavors and then combine them as you choose. Lovely salad and gorgeous presentation!

    1. UPDATE 6/14/2013:
      Many people have been asking where Don & Kristy found this stunning platter.
      It can be purchased at Jill, and they ship! Happy shopping!

      Jill Home Accents and Gifts
      Palm Springs, California
      760-778-8819

  4. That platter is a treasure! And you’ve used it to it’s fullest potential with this gorgeous salad! Definitely a party on a plate 🙂

    PS…I hope you share your quiona pad thai…sounds amazing!

  5. The platter is stunning and your presentation suits it beautifully! I told you I wanted your brother to adopt me a long time ago, what do you think?

  6. Oh dear Lori, this is just one wonderful spread–being Korean food lover this is very delicious! Your sculpted serving platter looks amazing, and great for serving those little side dishes and chicken is mouthwatering. Yummy recipe is all I can and one vibrant meal all together. Thank you for sharing and have an amazing weekend!

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