Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Day 17: Totoro Korean House (Yishan)

I think it's worth mentioning that the fried chicken was cooked quick unskillfully. When you fry chicken (or any other food), what is happening is that the water inside is boiling outwards, creating an opposing force against the outside oil, which is trying to seep into the food. During this process the food is cooked (by the heat of the boiling water), while the pushing-out water and the pushing-in oil remain roughly at equilibrium.

If you fry the food for too long, the water inside eventually boils off and the oil wins the battle, simultaneously seeping into the food while the food becomes dried out (because the water is gone). So, skillfully-fried food is still juicy and not greasy because it's removed from the fryer after the food is cooked but before the water boils off, which keeps the oil on the outside - most of which also boils off from the residual heat, leaving it not particularly greasy. Unskillfully-fried food is greasy and dry. This fried chicken was unskillfully fried.

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