What is Three Cup chicken?
This super-charged Taiwanese treat is one of the best things to come out of the Cook Eat World kitchens this year. This beloved Taiwanese dish, in fact, has its origins in China; hailing from the South Eastern Jiangxi region. Like many traditional Chinese dishes, three cup chicken or San Bei Ji (sanbeiji) 三杯鸡 made its way to Taiwan, in this case by the Hakka people.
Like many loved and coveted international dishes, there is much folklore surrounding the origins behind the name. Many a tall tale explain its heritage, but the explanation I'm going with is the version where originally the dish was created using a cup each of the three major flavour components; soy, sesame and cooking wine. As you'll see from the recipe, there is not a cup measurement in sight, but this tale still feels like the most likely.