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A Cure for Nostalgia

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The Chinese University has staff and students from all over the world, and many are fond of spicy foods. The Pommerenke Student Centre Canteen hired a chef from Sichuan to make over a dozen Yunnan-, Guizhou-, and Sichuan-style dishes, such as 'water-boiled beef' and Dan Dan noodles, which are highly appreciated. Among them, Lao Gan Ma spicy chicken is probably the most popular.

To prepare the dish, the canteen chef Mr. Shing would first heat oil in a wok and fry the chicken until golden brown on the outside, then set it aside. Sauté ginger and garlic, with red pepper, green pepper, Sichuan pepper, star anise, and other spices. Add the fried chicken with the famous 'Lao Gan Ma' chili sauce and fermented black beans then give it a quick stir. The dish is rich in colour with a tantalizing aroma of spices. It is recommended to have rice with the sauce so you can thoroughly enjoy the taste without wasting anything.

Over 200 sets of Lao Gan Ma spicy chicken are sold every day. Besides its deliciousness, the hometown taste of Sichuan attracts fans from the region. It is said that some students from mainland China request 'extra spice' while ordering the dish. The canteen is more than happy to help alleviate their homesickness.


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