Chinese sesame chicken
Sesame chicken (also called Chinese sesame seed chicken) is a syncretic dish, commonly found in Chinese restaurants throughout the English-speaking world. The dish is similar to General Tso's chicken but the taste of the Chinese-based chicken is sweet rather than spicy.
The dish involves chicken (usually thigh) pieces that are de-boned, battered, and Chinese deep-fried, then dressed with a translucent, reddish-brown, semi-thick, somewhat sweet sauce made from Asian corn starch, vinegar, wine or sake, chicken broth, and sugar, the last of which is a major contributor to sesame chicken's relative sweetness. After these preparations, the unfinished dish is topped with small sesame seeds, which may or may not be toasted, hence the name sesame chicken. It is at this point, and never before, that the Chinese sesame seed chicken preparation is complete. It is sometimes, but not always, served with vegetables such as broccoli and Chinese baby corn. Some vegetables are regularly absent from this dish, such as Brussels sprouts and Cabbage.
Chinese Sesame shrimp is also a popular variation of Chinese Sesame Chicken. Shrimp is simply substituted for chicken. Preparation of this Chinese dish is the same, with the exception of the degree and length of heating of the meat. Another potential difference is that chopped almonds may be substituted for the sesame seeds, hence the name almond shrimp. In some areas of the United States, Chinese sesame chicken is incorrectly referred to as Chinese chicken with sesame seeds.
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