Monday, May 27, 2013

How to Make Hainanese Chicken Rice (海南雞飯) - Video Recipe

Hainanese Chicken Rice is a dish of Chinese origin, served in many asian countries: Malaysia・Indonesia (Nasi ayam Hainan), Singapore, Thailand (ข้าวมันไก่ Khao man kai), Philippines, Vietnam (Cơm Gà), Cambodia, etc…

This recipe, using a rice cooker, is by Chef Shigeyoshi Toyoshima who won a grand prize at Chef's quick and easy recipe contest. I was one of the 3 judges at the contest (those who follow my Facebook page know that).

Why I chose his recipe is because it was easy using a rice cooker. Also, all the ingredients he used are pretty much available at Japanese households.

BTW, for those who live in Tokyo, if you get a chance to visit his restaurant, please say you watched this video. The chef will offer you some free prawn crackers :)
Asian Select Dining (アジアン セレクト ダイニング)

Hainanese Chicken Rice

Difficulty: Easy
Time: 60 min
Number of servings: 2-3

250g (8.8oz.) chicken thigh (with skin)
1 tsp. cooking oil
salt and cracked black pepper
2 cups (300g=10.5oz.) uncooked rice
400ml water
* 1/2 tsp. salt
* 1/2 tsp. consomme powder
* 1/4 tsp. pepper
((Red Sauce))
* 2 tbsp. ketchup
* 1/2 tsp. chili powder
* 1 tsp. vinegar
((Brown Sauce))
* 2 tsp. Miso
* 2 tsp. oyster sauce
* 2 tsp. sugar
* 1 tsp. sesame oil
((Fragrant Sauce))
* 5g (0.17oz.) minced garlic
* 10g (0.35oz.) minced ginger
* 40g (1.4oz.) minced onion
* 2 tsp. cooking oil
shredded cabbage, lettuce, tomato, etc...

1. Wash rice and drain in a strainer.
2. Meanwhile, season the chicken with salt and cracked black pepper.
3. Heat cooking oil in a frying pan. Place the chicken skin-side down in the pan and cook until golden brown on one side. Press the chicken with a spatula to cook it evenly. (It doesn't have to be cooked through.)
4. Remove the chicken from the pan and add water. Place the rice, A, and the water in a rice cooker and mix well. Place sliced chicken on top of the rice and start cooking.
5. While cooking the rice, make the sauces. As for the Red Sauce and the Brown Sauce, mix the ingredients very well. As for the Fragrant Sauce, place the ingredients in a small sauce pan and cook until tender (make sure you don't brown them).
6. When it's done, don't open and leave it for about 10 minutes to blend the flavor. Then remove the chicken and toss the rice lightly with a rice paddle. *Some rice cookers like mine include steaming time, thus you can toss the rice immediately.
7. Pile the rice on a dish, place the chicken on top, and garnish with some vegetables of your choice. Serve with the sauces.


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