leave your inhibitions at the door
Back in May, Mini-Me asked me – completely out of the blue – if I could make Szechuan sauce so that he could bring into school the next day as some of his friends were bringing chicken nuggets.
This is why.
The clip is from Rick and Morty, an immensely popular animated sci-fi comedy that features mad scientist Rick Sanchez and his gullible grandson Morty Smith. The show brilliantly infuses their madcap adventures with subtle pop culture references and other clever inside jokes.
Apparently the object of Rick’s obsession is completely true – as a tie-in to Disney’s Mulan, McDonald’s had a Szechuan sauce for their Chicken McNuggets. I vaguely remember that…
Recently, McDonald’s brought back the sauce, but only in limited quantities at select locations. One of them was the McD’s near my house and a few different friends of mine were dragged there by their kids. They said that there were hordes of fans – some dressed as Rick and Morty – who showed up only to be told that they ran out of sauce within 15 minutes.
The same held true across the country and people were PISSED.
Anyway, back when Mini-Me asked, I thought it was the stupidest idea ever to make the sauce. But, as you all know, I never say no to stupid ideas. Especially when it involves cooking. Like when I made Oliver’s Brother’s Pizza Monster.
Mini-Me even did the dirty work and took a screenshot of a recipe on Reddit.
I seriously doubt that this is the same recipe that McDonald’s used as I doubt they’d use Plum Wine in mass quantities. I also have no idea if it tasted remotely like the McD’s, but it was pretty tasty.
– 6 cloves of garlic, minced
– 4 Tablespoons Balsamic vinegar
– Approx 2 teaspoons soy sauce
– 2 Tablespoons Plum Wine (The original called for Plum Sake, but I couldn’t find any. I’m assuming the poster meant Plum Wine as it adds sweetness)
– 3.5 Tablespoons Sriracha – I used 2.5 of Sambal Oelek because Sambal Oelek > Sriracha
– 2 Tablespoons brown sugar + 2 Tablespoons white sugar (or can use all or mostly brown sugar)
– Red Pepper Flakes (but only if you use that weak-ass Sriracha)
– Minced ginger to taste
1 – Sweat the garlic at low heat with a little oil
2 – Add vinegar, soy, and wine. Bring to a simmer
3 – Add Sriracha, sugars, and remaining ingredients
4 – Simmer for 5 minutes
The obvious choice is to serve it with some chicken nuggets
But it also tasted good on some steamed dumplings
Have you seen Rick and Morty? Do you remember the Mulan sauce?