Preparation / Directions:
Cut chicken into 1 inch cubes; mix marinade ingredients in a medium bowl; add chicken, mixing well, and let stand 20 minutes; mix ingredients for Seasoning Sauce in a small cup and set aside; heat 1 cup oil in a wok over medium heat 1 minute; stir-fry marinated chicken cubes until very lightly browned, about 1 minute; remove chicken with a slotted spoon, draining well over the wok; set asided; remove oil from wok except 2 tablespoons; heat oil remaining in wok over medium heat 30 seconds; add spinach and salt; stir-fry until spinach is tender, about 1 minute; remove from wok with a slotted spoon, draining well over wok; arrange around outside of a warm platter; add 3 tablespoons of oil to wok and heat over medium heat 1 minute; add ginger, garlic, green onion and hot bean sauce; stir-fry until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes; add chicken cubes and Seasoning Sauce; stir-fry until sauce thickens slightly; add 1 teaspoon sesame oil to wok and stir to mix; place chicken mixture in middle of platter with spinach. Makes 4 servings.
Heat a medium saucepan over medium-low heat 1 minute; add peppercorns and stir-fry 5 minutes; remove from heat and let cool; grind peppercorns to a fine powder with a mortar and pestle or a pepper mill; add salt, mix well; store in a tightly covered container. Makes about 1/4 cup. I'll keep on the lookout for some mor