Burmese Style chicken


9 pieces chicken (3 lbs)       
1 teaspoon salt   
1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon chillie powder       
3/4 teaspoon black pepper   
2 tablespoons thick soy sauce       
5 cm (2 in) ginger   
80 ml (1/3 cup) oil       
60 ml (1/4 cup) dried mushrooms   
2 medium onions       
8 garlic cloves

•  Section chicken into 9 choice pieces. Wash and rub with salt, cayenne, black pepper, and soy sauce.   
•  Scrape ginger, slice in 1/8-inch slices, then cut into strips 1/8-inch wide.   
•  Heat oil. Fry ginger till light brown. Remove and drain the ginger aside.
    Add chicken to the oil and brown it on each side.   
•  Add 1 cup water with remaining soy from marinade and half the fried ginger. Lower heat and let simmer, covered.   
•  Soak mushrooms in hot water for approx 30 minutes. Clean carefully. Peel onions and slice thickly. Peel garlic and halve cloves lengthwise.   
•  When chicken is tender, correct seasoning, adding more soy as desired. Add onions, garlic, mushrooms, and 1/2 cup water, and cook till water is absorbed.