When cooking recipes from around the world, I like to find the most popular dish from that area and try to cook them. This allows me to sample and learn about the different flavor from each region as well as having a general idea for the kind of food that people in a particular area like to eat.
Taiwanese Three Cup Chicken (San Bei Ji) is a very simple, modest, and delicious dish I have ever tried. It’s the epitome of home-cooking and it brings me back to my childhood when my mom would cook these delicious family-style dishes for dinner. This is the most famous Taiwanese dishes and if you ever go to a Taiwanese restaurant, you have to try this out. Of course you can always make it yourself!
The name Three Cup Chicken comes from three ingredients, sesame oil, Shaoxing rice wine (dry sherry is an acceptable substitute), and soy sauce. Traditionally, we use equal measurements for these. While braising the chicken with this mixture, the meat becomes very flavorful and to top it off, Thai basil is used to add more fragrance to this delicious dish.
You can serve this dish with jasmine rice as well as stir-fry garlic vegetables (bok choy or others) on the side. Alternately you can also use other meat such as pork, frog, or squid too.