Saliva Chicken [split from Ontario]
[Note: this post was split from the Ontario board at: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/42597... -- The Chowhound Team[
just curious.. what IS "saliva" chicken....?
Saliva Chicken(口水雞). See a pic here: http://news.xinhuanet.com/food/2005-0...
It's a Szechuen dish with a weird name, especially when you do a direct translation like I did. :) It is just chicken, either steamed or poached, with a special chilli sauce. The sauce is made with chilli oil, szechuen pepper corn, vinegar, soy, garlic, sesame, green onions, etc. etc. It's spicy, sweet, sour, salty, and comes with the slight numbing sensation that the szecheun pepper corn gives.
I think it's name that way because the sauce is suppose to be so good that thinking about it makes you salivate, or it taste so good that you'd start salivating or something like that. :)
Surprised no one has replied to the recipe request. I don't have time to do a complete translate for you but you can find a zillion recipes for it in Chinese if you paste the characters above into Baidu (or google) and then do a page translate. The machine translation is vague in places but you can at least get a list of ingredients and amounts. The cooking method usually involves poaching the chicken, then bathing it in the mixed seasoning ingredients. There are many variations; find a recipe with a picture that looks like what you want.
It is an unfortunate translation of a name for a delicious dish - a better one would be "Mouthwatering Chicken" as wciu posted.