I love fried chicken and waffles and lately have been thinking about doing a twist on this that incorporates flavors from my own culture. I’m going for flavors that balance well together and integrates the 5 different tastes (sweet, sour, salty, bitter, and umami).
There are 3 components to this dish: fried chicken, waffle, and slaw.
For the chicken, I want to recreate something similar to Korean fried chicken (thin, crispy crust, tossed with a sauce), but have Vietnamese flavors like lemongrass and fish sauce. Wondering if I should infuse the lemongrass flavor in the marinade, the crust coating, or in the sauce.
If you’ve had pandan waffles before, you can see how this is the most obvious choice of flavors for the waffle component. This waffle also has coconut milk and I think those two ingredients pair well with the lemongrass in the chicken. I’ve tried my hand at making these waffles before but haven’t found a recipe I like, particularly one that had a strong pandan flavor or right amount of crispiness.
Still trying to think of something in place of traditional syrup, as the waffles will already have a fair amount of sweetness.
For the slaw, I was thinking a green papaya salad. The unripe papaya provides a nice tanginess that will help cut the richness of the dish.
Would welcome any thoughts or suggestions. If anyone wants to collaborate on this, let me know