Special equipment: a deep fryer
Preheat a deep fryer filled with canola oil to 375 degrees F. Set up a steamer that can fit the chicken.
Stir together the lemongrass paste, Thai bird chilies and turmeric in a small bowl. Set aside. Put the coconut milk in a medium bowl.
Season the chicken with salt, pepper and fish sauce. Rub the lemongrass spice paste evenly over each piece. Submerge the chicken in the coconut milk for 5 minutes. Transfer to the steamer and sprinkle with the lime juice. Steam until cooked through and no trace of pink remains, about 22 minutes. Transfer the chicken to the deep fryer and cook until crispy, 2 to 3 minutes.
Divide the waffles among plates. Top with the Honey Sesame Butter and allow it to start melting. Top with some of the chicken and drizzle with 2 to 3 tablespoons of the Surprising Sauce, depending on desired spice level.
Preheat a waffle iron. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F to keep the waffles warm.
Whisk together the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder and baking soda in a medium mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, mix together the eggs, buttermilk, butter and oil. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry, being careful not to overmix. Fold in the ginger and sesame seeds.
Spray the preheated waffle iron with nonstick spray. Pour the appropriate amount of batter onto each waffle compartment and cook until the waffle is cooked through and crispy, 3 to 5 minutes, depending on the waffle iron. Transfer to the oven to keep warm. Repeat with the remaining batter.
Remove the stems from the dried chiles, break the chiles in half and remove the seeds. Place the chiles in a small pot with the garlic and ginger and cover with 1 1/2 cups water. Bring to a simmer and cook until the chiles have softened, about 10 minutes.
Transfer the mixture to a food processor and process with the fish sauce and sugar until a coarse paste forms. Add the vinegar and process again. When the sauce is thick and textured (do not puree), add the Thai basil and pulse.
Place the butter in a food processor and process until fluffy. Add the honey and sesame oil and mix until evenly dispersed.
This recipe was provided by a chef, restaurant or culinary professional. It has not been tested for home use.
Recipe courtesy of Karen Akunowicz