This Kung Pao Beef dish will knock your socks off with great flavor and texture.
Many of the ingredients in this beef brisket recipe will be familiar to Jewish cooks, including the Coca-Cola. However, I find that the addition of the Chinese Five Spice gives this dish a much more interesting layer of flavor.
This is an easier and much lighter version of a traditional Jewish recipe. The use of wonton wrappers (squares) gives these kreplach a much airier texture. Rather than tasting mostly dough, which more often than not is pretty heavy, the taste and texture is primarily that of the filling.
Every Chinese restaurant has its own version of lemon chicken. Most sauces have the sweetness and color of a lemon meringue pie, which is unfortunate. I believe that the natural lemon flavor should come through. This recipe is light as well because the chicken is not batter-dipped.
Leave it to an East Village Jewish Deli to come up with an actual American/Jewish/Asian fusion dish! That is because the Second Avenue Deli has had a Chinese chef for many years. I have enhanced this recipe with even more Asian flavor. Although this recipe calls for baking and broiling the chicken, it is definitely better on a charcoal grill. If you are using a charcoal grill, you must have a covered grill, e.g. a Weber. Bake the chicken over indirect heat, with the cover on. To give the chicken more of a barbecued flavor, I recommend putting soaked mesquite wood chips in a shallow can (e.g. a tuna can) on the hot coals during the indirect cooking phase. For the second stage, place the chicken directly over the coals.