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SZECHUAN SAUCE REVISITED (FROM REAL SAMPLE!)

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8,089,971 views  Last round, my efforts to recreate the fabled McDonald's Szechuan Sauce were wild, flailing shots in the dark, pathetic and meager attempts to recreate a long-lost condiment out of scanty information and back-alley sources. But now, thanks to a very kind man named David Wasman, I have procured a sample of the genuine article. Follow along this week as we make a rendition of Szechuan Sauce near-identical to the Mulan-inspired goop from 1998. And make some wannabe Chicken McNuggets while we're at it.

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INGREDIENTS

For the Sauce

For the Sauce

water

½ cup water

white vinegar

½ cup white vinegar

white sugar

½ cup white sugar

soy sauce

½ cup soy sauce

apple cider vinegar

1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

sesame seed oil

½ tsp sesame seed oil

garlic powder

¼ tsp garlic powder

onion powder

¼ tsp onion powder

ground ginger

¼ tsp ground ginger

yeast extract (marmite)

0.25 yeast extract (marmite)

dextrose (corn syrup)

0.25 dextrose (corn syrup)

Ground black pepper to taste

Ground black pepper to taste

cornstarch

2 tbsp cornstarch

xanthan gum

1 tsp xanthan gum

For the Chicken Nuggets

For the Chicken Nuggets

chicken breast skins

2 chicken breast skins

garlic powder

½ tsp garlic powder

onion powder

½ tsp onion powder

white pepper

½ tsp white pepper

kosher salt

2 tbsp kosher salt

white sugar

2 tbsp white sugar

For the Batter and Oil

For the Batter and Oil

white flour

1 cup white flour

cornstarch

½ cup cornstarch

corn flour

½ cup corn flour

egg

1 egg

water

1 cup water

vodka

1 cup vodka

Black pepper to taste

Black pepper to taste

Canola oil

Canola oil

Vegetable oil

Vegetable oil

Beef fat tallow

Beef fat tallow

DIRECTIONS

1.

For the Sauce

1.

Combine water, vinegar, sesame seed oil, garlic powder, onion powder, garlic powder, ground ginger, marmite, corn syrup ground pepper, white sugar, soy sauce and apple cider vinegar in a medium sized bowl and transfer to a medium sauce pan.

water

½ cup water

white vinegar

½ cup white vinegar

sesame seed oil

½ tsp sesame seed oil

garlic powder

¼ tsp garlic powder

onion powder

¼ tsp onion powder

ground ginger

¼ tsp ground ginger

yeast extract (marmite)

0.25 yeast extract (marmite)

dextrose (corn syrup)

0.25 dextrose (corn syrup)

Ground black pepper to taste

Ground black pepper to taste

white sugar

½ cup white sugar

soy sauce

½ cup soy sauce

apple cider vinegar

1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

2.

Remove 1/4 cup of sauce and add cornstarch. Remove another 1/4 cup and add the xanthan gum. Add both back into the mixture, straining the xanthan gum mixture for lumps and whisk over medium heat until it forms a sauce like goo. Strain, cover and let it cool down.

cornstarch

2 tbsp cornstarch

xanthan gum

1 tsp xanthan gum

3.

For the Chicken McNuggets

1.

Put two chicken breast skins in the freezer to firm for thirty minutes. Process in a food processor while still cold until they become a fine paste.

chicken breast skins

2 chicken breast skins

2.

Place paste in bowl and add the pound of ground chicken, garlic powder, onion powder, white pepper, kosher salt and white sugar. Beat together well until they turn into a smooth paste.

garlic powder

½ tsp garlic powder

onion powder

½ tsp onion powder

white pepper

½ tsp white pepper

kosher salt

2 tbsp kosher salt

white sugar

2 tbsp white sugar

3.

Pour onto parchment-lined baking sheet and smooth out until it’s a quarter inch thick. To make sure it's uniform, spray a parchment-lined cutting board with cooking spray and press down on the meat to form a flat chicken patty. Place in the freezer to firm up.

4.

Use nugget cutouts to form nuggets, place on an oiled sheet of parchment paper and put them in the freezer to firm until ready to fry.

5.

Combine vegetable oil, canola oil and beef fat tallow in frying pan and heat to 350°F.

Canola oil

Canola oil

Vegetable oil

Vegetable oil

Beef fat tallow

Beef fat tallow

6.

Combine white flour, cornstarch, corn flour and black pepper in medium bowl. Add water, vodka and the egg and stir until smooth

white flour

1 cup white flour

cornstarch

½ cup cornstarch

corn flour

½ cup corn flour

Black pepper to taste

Black pepper to taste

water

1 cup water

vodka

1 cup vodka

egg

1 egg

7.

Coat nuggets in batter and fry for 5-7 minutes or until golden brown and sprinkle with salt as soon as they come out of the fryer.

8.

For the Chicken Nugget Cookie Cutters

1.

Cut four, 3-inch wide, 12-inch long strips out of the baking sheet.

2.

Fold in half, in the long direction, leaving a little lip that can be folded over so that there are no razor sharp edges exposed.

3.

Form strips into the four Chicken McNugget shapes: The bell, the ball, the bone, and the boot.

4.

Seal closed with super glue.

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