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May 24, 2008 10:28 PM

"Velveting" chicken.

I remember this as a pre-cooking technique prior to stir-frying which produces a particular texture to chicken (and other meats?) and I know it involves cornflour but I've forgotten the details. Can anyone help please?

"Cornflour" is the name here in the UK of the thickening agent used mixed with cold liquid. Is it "cornstarch" in the US?

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    I've also velveted in broth or water, rather than oil.

    1. Yes, its cornstarch in the US( and Canada)

        1. Hi Robin,

          I have always used Barbara Tropp's method with great success, it involves corn flour, egg white and a bit of salt. I don't have the recipe here at work but will try to remember to post it later. I velvet chicken in water and beef in oil.


          1. I use corn starch and sesame oil for chicken, corn starch and a dab of rice vinegar for beef and pork. Of course other ingredients such as garlic, ginger, chilies, onion, soy sauce, fish sauce may make the marinade merrier depending on the recipe.