For those of you who were maybe curious about that unusual “Old Yang family shop Big plate chicken” spice packet I bought several weeks ago, I finally decided to give it a try. Above is my a less than photogenic effort. In addition to the spice paste–which was basically dried chilies, oil, Sichuan peppercorns (huajiao), garlic, ginger, msg, salt, and Sichuan bean paste (doubanjiang), I used chicken thighs, hacked into big chunks, a big potato, and some long green chiles and green onions.
I have to say it wasn’t bad. There was a lot of spice though, so maybe more fresh ingredients would have balanced that a little bit. The numbing spice of the huajiao was pretty heavy.
The packaging also had something printed on it that I didn’t highlight in my previous post. It is under the brand name “Old Yang family shop” (扬家老店), implying some sort of famous recipe. I wasn’t able to find anything in a cursory search regarding any real entity behind this name. If you know, please let me know.