I was in the Philadelphia airport on Thursday and fate handed me a gift: a guy passing out samples of a Chinese delicacy: Bourbon Chicken. I had always associated Bourbon with that tasty drink from Kentucky, but perhaps a lost ship with cases of the spirit got carried across the Pacific to land in the Orient.
I had some at the local establishment, Asian Chao, asking the elder woman behind the sneeze guard about the secrets of this dish. She ignored me, the young impetuous upstart, as she piled my two item combo with fried rice onto the plate.
The tastes carried me away, far from the B terminal, to the land where I felt like I could fly around, like that chick and the guy in Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon.
My question: Does anyone have an authentic Asian recipe for Bourbon Chicken? Give it up - I don't care if I have to toast 20 spices, buy the finest bourbon, and take 3 days for this dish.. I must have it in its proper, Chinese form.