If you’ve spent any time in Okinawa, Japan you have either already been or heard about the restaurant Arin Krin aka The Garlic House. Or if you are planning a trip there definitely make this restaurant a stop. The outside of the restaurant doesn’t look like much and neither does the inside for that matter but when you eat the food, you become a lifelong customer. The restaurant name speaks for itself; every dish has garlic in it, and lots of it. But not in a gross way in a, ” it tastes so good I don’t want to stop eating” way.
The menu has an enormous variety of small dishes with one consistent ingredient. You guessed it, garlic! One of the most memorable dishes from this restaurant was their Spicy Garlic Chicken. It consisted of Kaarage (japanese fried chicken) and a Spicy Garlic Sauce. The sauce is what took just regular ole’ fried chicken to SPECTACULAR! And now that we are no longer stationed in Okinawa, duplicating this recipe and others so my family can enjoy them once again, is a personal mission of mine.
It took some time but after experimenting with a few recipes I finally found a very similar sauce to the one used at the Garlic House from SheSimmers.com. After a bit of tweeking the sauce and the chicken recipes, I believe I’ve finally come really really really close to the Garlic House’s Spicy Garlic Chicken recipe.
As you can see in the picture, I chose to drench my chicken in the Spicy Garlic Sauce but feel free to put it on the side to encourage dunking. Regardless of how you serve it, it will be devoured. Photographing this recipe was terribly difficult, I just couldn’t stop eating the little buggers!! I even hid some in a little container in the back of the fridge to enjoy tomorrow because when my kids get a hold of these, there will be nothing left. lol Hint Hint!
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