Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Joe can cook! Episode 12: Hainan Chicken Rice

[This is technically a meal not cooked by Joe but i would very much like to replicate this recipe in the near future.]

One of those meals that i would never miss eating even in KL would be those simple items like hainan chicken rice opposed to creamy foie gras and wagyu steak (which by the way i miss eating too). So having complained that in Melbourne (yes, we have now gone back in time from the last review) to Michelle about missing chicken rice, she offered to cook us some for our farewell dinner.

And bravo what a cook she was that night! Single handedly, she cooked and deboned a whole chicken, made rice with chicken stock and soup to boot as well!



Presented nicely too. Simply too sublime to just take some pictures, so i asked her if she had a recipe to share and this is roughly how it goes:

Step 1: Clean the chicken and stuff the cavity with ginger and spring onions. Season well with salt. Put into a big pot of water (enough to cover the chicken) and bring to boil. Once the water has boiled, put on low heat and let it simmer till the chicken is thoroughly cooked, for a 1-1.5kg bird that may be around half an hour thereabouts. Otherwise, use a food thermometer or get a knife to poke through to check. Take the chicken out of the pot to rest, chop and serve. If you like, you can give the chicken an ice bath too (optional).

Step 2: The water that you boil your chicken in is essentially your chicken stock and will be used for the rice. Cook your rice as per usual but instead of plain water, substitute with the stock. If you want the rice to be more fragrant, put in some pan fried garlic and ginger too. Another item not to be missed is the pandan leave.

Step 3: With stock still left, put in some cabbage in and season accordingly. Serve as a soup with the chicken rice.


Serve hot and eat! This has got me all craved up for some chicken rice loving!

21 comments:

J said...

Wah. Impressive. Looks as good as from a restaurant! :)

June said...

makes me crave for one too. didn't had chicken rice for quite long time d.

Michelle Chin said...

The other mIchelle made this right? :D

- m i c h e l l e - said...

Haha, yes it's this other Michelle who cooked! :D

xin said...

goodness! looking real good. i think ice bath is really important as i see how my grandma prepares it. smooth and silky when it is out from the bath.

PureGlutton said...

Yummy! So, Joe - when are u gonna cook this? ;-)

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

pureglutton: as soon as i find a whole chicken!

xin: okok, i shall try the whole lock stock barrel procedure and lets see how.

michelle: yes u!

michelle: haha got link mah..

june: count ur lucky stars, u can get 1 easily compared to me.

j: yes yes, restaurant presentation to say the least.

thule a.k.a leo said...

chicken is not taht hard to find... so pls improve your cooking technique and you might find yourself something to do in Melbourne in the future... FOOD!!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

leo: im not in melbourne d la hahaha.

CUMI & CIKI said...

joe can cook, ciki can eat.. too bad we are now separated by an ocean! :o( come back and cook in KL soon, k??

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

c&c: haha lets c how it goes, tryin to find cheap tickets to go back!

Bangsar-bAbE said...

This got me drooling...and I don't even eat chicken rice! >.<

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

bbabe: once u dont have chicken rice around u, u will want some!!

daphne said...

quick quick- u got to do it yourself! LOL thanks for typing out all those tips though! I am looking forward to trying it out one day....

Life for Beginners said...

I can honestly say that looks even better (loads better!) than the chicken rice we get served at hawker stalls and some restaurants. Nice! :)

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

lob: hahah im sure she would b happy to hear that!

daphne: yes yes as soon as i get hold of a whole chicken!

iamthewitch said...

Gosh I have been on chicken rice hunt for the past few days and this makes me want to cook it myself! But first I need a pot which is big enough for the chicken! LOL!

eiling lim said...

wah the presentation looks good! very impressive la.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

eiling: impressive hor..

iamthewitch: haha well at least u can get it easier than me!

thanh7580 said...

I love Hainan Chicken too. You can never go wrong with such a great dish.

Tummy Rumble said...

don't forget to blend some red chilli, garlic and onions... I don't measure when i cook so i can't give you the ratio but the amount of chilli should be about 3-4 times more than the garlic and ginger.. with for every 3 teaspoon of that chilli paste, add about 2 teaspoon of rice wine vinegar, 2-3 lime, and sugar to taste.. the vinegar is vitally important to get that nice slight sour tang you get in the chilli served at chicken rice shops in msia..