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Chicken Patties

        These are the oriental equivalent of the burger, delicious, spicy, savoury, succulent. They can be served with salad, as suggested, or on burger buns with spicy chilli relish.


  •                 1 spring onion
  •                 1 large clove of garlic
  •                 1 inch cube of fresh ginger
  •                 1lb/450g minced chicken
  •                 1 tablespoon roasted sesame seeds
  •                 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  •                 1 tablespoon Japanese soy sauce
  •                 1/4 teaspoon red chilli powder
  •                 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  •                 freshly ground black pepper

                1) Cut the spring onion crossways into very fine rounds along its entire length, including the green section. Peel the garlic and crush it. Grate the ginger very finely.

                2) Put the chicken in a bowl. Add the spring onion, garlic, ginger, roasted sesame seeds, sesame oil, soy sauce, black pepper and chilli powder. Mix thoroughly.

                3) Make five patties that are about 3 1/2 inches in diameter.

                4) Heat the oil in a heavy-based frying pan and put in the patties in a single layer. Cook for 1 - 1 1/2 minutes or until they are medium brown on one side. Turn them over and cook the second side the same way. Turn the heat to medium and cook both sides of the patties again for about 1 minute or a little more on each side so that they are nicely browned and cooked through.

        Serve with salad and sesame oil dressing, and sweet chilli and soy sauce dips - or on buns with sweet chilli relish

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