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Tea-Smoked Game Hen

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Category: Poultry, Chinese

 Ingredients List

  • 1 1/2 lb Game hen
  • Salt; to taste
  • Freshly ground black -
  • Pepper; to taste
  • 2 tb Chinese rice wine OR
  • Dry sherry
  • 2 tb Sesame oil
  • 3 tb Jasmine tea leaves
  • 4 tb Alder or hickory sawdust
  • 6 c Peanut oil; for deep-frying


Cut the bird in half, using poultry shears or a Chinese cleaver.
Rub the halves with salt and pepper, wine and sesame oil. Allow to
marinate for 2 hours.
Dip the halves into boiling water for 1 minute. Remove and place on a
rack for drying.
Smoke the halves in a Cameron stove-top smoker for 15 minutes, using the
tea leaves and the alder or hickory sawdust.
Place the halves on a plate and steam in a bamboo steamer for 20
minutes. Allow the pieces to cook, then deep-fry in hot peanut oil at 375
degrees until golden brown and crispy, about 4 to 5 minutes.
This recipe serves 3 to 4 as part of a Chinese meal.

Comments: The game hen is a relatively recent bird, a development of
modern agricultural science. However, in old China similar birds were
common and this method of cooking remains a classic.

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