General Tso’s Turtle


  • Marinade
    • 4 tbsp corn starch
    • 2 egg yolks
    • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • Sauce
    • ½ cup chicken stock
    • 1 tbsp soy sauce
    • 1 tbsp brown sugar
    • 1 tbsp Chinese black vinegar
    • 2 tbsp tomato paste mixed with 2 tablespoons water
    • 1 tsp corn starch
  • Stir-fry
    • 1 pound turtle meat, cut into bite-sized pieces
    • 3 tbsp canola oil
    • 4-8 dried hot tien tsien chiles, broken in half and seeds shaken out (use more or less for heat)
    • 1 tbsp grated ginger
    • 3 garlic cloves, sliced thin
    • 6 green onions, chopped

Mix the marinade ingredients together and then add the turtle meat. Let sit for about an hour.

Heat canola oil or your favorite frying oil to about 350 degrees and fry the turtle in small batches, being careful to not let the pieces stick together. After all the pieces are fried, place them on a baking sheet and bake in the oven for 30 minutes at 300 degrees.

While the turtle is baking in the oven, mix together the sauce and set aside.

In a large pan or wok, heat 3 tablespoons of canola oil and stir fry the chilies for about a minute, then add the ginger and cook for another minute, lastly add the garlic and stir it a couple of times in the pan.

Add all the turtle pieces and the green onions to the oil. Pour the sauce mixture over the turtle and stir until it thickens. Once the sauce thickens, serve the turtle over rice with chopped fresh green onions on top.

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