- “Are you sure you’ll be alright?” she asked me again before she hurriedly walked away as she was late for work. I smiled as I watched her leave me at her favorite coffee shop. My daughter is all grown up.Seeing her as a young adult warmed my heart as much as the warm chai latte that she bought me. As a mom of a new graduate, I was overwhelmed with mixed emotions. I’m still euphoric. Who wouldn’t be? I can’t even begin to tell you how elated I am with her plans. She is graduating with two majors from UC Berkeley, has a summer internship in Washington DC lined up for the summer, is writing an honors thesis while applying to law schools in the fall. As a mom these are the moments we live for.Throughout the week, I walked around the campus, tracing her daily steps. I sat in her favorite Brazilian place, I did our laundry with her in the laundromat (which was my first time to ever be in one; it was scary), I went to her church for Sunday mass. I hung out with her friends; I slept in her room. I was trying to immerse myself with the community that made my daughter grow.So when she told me that there was chicken in the freezer, I welcomed her request for me to bring a piece of our home to her Berkeley home. I took the apron and I cooked an old time favorite of hers: fried chicken a la Jollibee.
This is my take on their popular Chickenjoy.Fried Chicken a la Jollibee
Fried Chicken ala Jollibee
- 8-10 pcs chicken thighs and legs
- salt and pepper
- For the breading:
- 1/2 c cornstarch
- 1/2 c flour
- salt &;pepper
- 1 tbsp five spice *five spice is an acquired taste so try putting a minimum of 1tbsp first and add as you please.
- Marinate chicken with lemon and salt and pepper overnight or at least 30 minutes.
- Fill a large skillet (cast iron is best) about half full with vegetable oil. Heat until VERY hot..
- Meanwhile, roll the chicken pieces into the breading.
- Shake off excess flour.
- Drop 5-6 pieces into the hot oil.
- Make sure there's enough space to stir the chicken.
- Deep fry it until golden brown.
- Drain the fried chicken.
- It should be crispy goden brown.
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