This is a great example of Jewish fusion from a chef who has taken a traditional but basically boring recipe and adds his own favorite spices. The result is a much more exciting version of an old Jewish recipe. Congratulations to Emeril Lagasse for adding new spirit to a tired standard. I have made a few changes of my own.
This recipe is a typical South African Malay Curry. The first Malay people in South Africa were brought as slaves from what is today Indonesia. As a result of the influence of the Malay and West Asians from the Indian sub-continent who came later, many curry dishes are popular in South Africa.
This recipe has been adapted from a description in Giuseppe Maffioli’s La cucina padovana, and is probably Ashkenazic in origin.
For those a little weary of traditional chicken soup, here is a Middle Eastern variation that is sure to bring a smile to your guests’ faces. It has a few surprises.
As a Mid-West boy at heart, fried chicken was always one of my favorites. On many Sundays, our family would take a drive out to a country restaurant that was actually a farm, where we as kids would pet the animal while we waited for our table to be ready. The meal was always served family style, with such standards as cole slaw, corn fritters and, of course, apple pie for dessert. Ever since, I have been attempting to perfect a fried chicken recipe that would come close to the chicken dinners I remember from Peoria. There is nothing particularly ethnic about this recipe. It simply is the result of about 40 years of chicken experimentation.