Pineapple Chicken Balls
[Posted by guest blogger, Mama Dog Duvalier.]
A highlight of the Edmonton trip for me was dining on "pineapple chicken balls" at a real Canadian Chinese restaurant. This dish -- which I had ignorantly thought was what Canadians called "sweet and sour chicken," turned out to be a completely different animal. Do you see any evidence of greenery, onion, or carrot in this picture? Do the pieces of chicken remotely resemble "pieces" of meat? No on all accounts. The eponymous "balls" in this dish are medium-small bits of chicken that have been coated in a thick and dense batter, then deep-fried. The chicken center is sort of like the nucleus of a golfball. The golden-yellow fried balls are then drowned in an orange-marmalade-y syrup, then topped with chunks of pineapple, most likely canned.
Don't get me wrong: these things were so tasty, I couldn't eat just one! They're especially good drizzed with soy sauce.