For those who want to try their own smoked food but don’t have a grill or smoker, this is the perfect starter recipe.
4 chicken thighs or 6 drumsticks
2 tablespoons dark soy sauce
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup uncooked long-grain rice
1/4 cup black or oolong tea leaves
4 slices ginger, lightly crushed
2 whole star anise
If using chicken thighs, place chicken, skin side down, on a cutting board. With a sharp knife, cut slits 1/2 inch deep along both sides of the bone.
Combine marinade ingredients in a bowl, add chicken and stir to coat. Let stand for 10 minutes.
Place a wide frying pan over medium heat until hot. Add oil, swirling to coat sides. Add chicken and cook until golden brown on all sides, 2 to 3 minutes per side.
Prepare a wok for steaming. Cover and steam chicken over high heat for 30 minutes.
Combine smoking mixture and spread evenly in a foil-lined wok. Set a round cake rack over smoking mixture. Place chicken on the rack and place wok over high heat.
When the smoking mixture begins to smoke, cover wok with a foil-lined lid; reduce heat to medium-low and smoke until chicken takes a rich deep colour, 12 to 15 mins. Turn off heat and allow to sit with lid on for 5 minutes. Serve chicken hot or at room temperature.