Hot and Numbing Rabbit

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Hot and Numbing Rabbit

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 4 main dish servings


    For the marinade:
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon cold water
  • 1 tablespoon Shaoxing wine
  • 1 tablespoon light soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dark soy sauce
  • For the sauce:
  • ½ teaspoon cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons cold water
  • 1 tablespoon light soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon chili oil
  • For the main dish:
  • 12 ounces boneless rabbit (meat from 1 26-ounce whole rabbit) or 4 boneless chicken thighs, cubed
  • 1 ¼ cups peanut or canola oil
  • ¼ cup peanuts
  • 1 dried Tsin Tsin chili, seeded and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dried chili flakes
  • 3 scallions, sliced thin
  • ¼ teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
  • 2 teaspoons whole Szechuan peppercorns, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • To serve:
  • Cooked white rice


    To prepare the marinade:
  1. In a small bowl, blend together the cornstarch and cold water until no lumps remain.
  2. Stir the Shaoxing wine and light and dark soy sauces into the cornstarch and water mixture.
  3. Stir the cubed rabbit into the marinade to rest while you are preparing the remaining ingredients.
  4. To prepare the sauce:
  5. In a small bowl, blend together the cornstarch and cold water until no lumps remain.
  6. Stir the soy sauce, rice vinegar, and chili oil into the cornstarch mixture, combining thoroughly.
  7. To prepare the dish:
  8. Heat the oil in a wok over high heat.
  9. Carefully add the marinated meat to the hot oil and fry for 30 seconds. Remove the meat from the wok and allow the oil to reheat.
  10. Return the meat to the hot oil and fry for 3 minutes or until golden.
  11. Remove the meat from the wok and carefully drain all but 3 tablespoons of the oil. Return the wok to high heat.
  12. Working quickly and stirring constantly, add the peanuts, scallions, ginger, chopped chili, chili flakes, and Szechuan peppercorns to the hot oil, cooking just until toasted, no more than 30 seconds.
  13. Return the meat to the wok and stir into the pepper and scallion mixture.
  14. Carefully add the sauce to the wok and stir to coat the meat.
  15. Add the sesame oil to the meat and stir to combine.
  16. Serve with cooked white rice.

Kitchen Passport
This is a great recipe to play with balance. Try varying the heat by changing the amounts of hot chilies and Szechuan peppercorns. Try varying the salty-sweet balance by playing with the soy sauce and sweet Shaoxing wine amounts. While this recipe specifies rabbit or chicken, the same seasonings and preparation are equally great when prepared with thin slices of lean pork or beef. Serve the pork or beef rolled in a thin pancake with fresh cilantro instead of with rice.

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