Sunday, March 05, 2017

Easy Hainanese Chicken Rice. Almost fool-proof!

When you are out for a playdate and need to prepare dinner, what do you do?
You make Easy as A-B-C Hainanese Chicken Rice!

This is an easy version or rather, cheat version that comes out from a desperate mom who wants to go for her playdate (I mean the kid's playdate) and cook dinner for the family.

Try this out and you will be amazed how simple and delicious this recipe is.
The soup was made from boiling the chicken and to make it even simpler, I added anchovies and kelp to "season" the soup so you do not have to add in further seasonings = healthier :)

Disclaimer: If you are on a diet, please refrain from cooking this - It is addictive!

To make this, you will need:

For the Soup/Chicken:
  • 1 whole raw chicken
  • Dried anchovies (Substitute with Chicken stock if you want REALLY EASY way)
  • Kelp
  • Dried Scallops
  • Corn
  • 2 stalks Spring onions
  • 1.5L water
  • Parsley (for garnishing)
  1. Wash the raw chicken with salt and rubbed intensely - This helps to get rid of feathers and make the skin really smooth.
  2. In a slow cooker (I used magic cooker), add in 1.5L of water.
    If you decides to go with Chicken stock, omit step 3 -4 .
  3. Wash and drain the dried anchovies, kelp and scallops. Add them to the pot of water.
  4. Wash and fold the spring onions and stuffed it into the chicken body.
  5. Add the chicken to the pot of water, together with the corn.
  6. Leave to cook for at least 2 hours.
  7. Once cook, take out the cooked chicken and leave it to cool.
  8. Chopped it up and assemble on a big plate and garnish with parsley.
  9. With the broth in the pot, add in your desired ingredient ( I added fish balls and Enoki mushrooms).

For the rice:
  • Soup Restaurant's Samsui Ginger paste (You can get it here
  • Raw rice 
  • Pandan leaves (Optional)
* I cooked 3 cups of rice using half a bottle of Samsui ginger paste*
  1. As how you would cook your rice, add in half bottle of Samsui ginger paste into the rice and mix well.
  2. Add in Pandan leaves and switch on your rice cooker till done.

For the Chilli sauce:
  • 3 tbsp Belacan Chilli paste
  • 1 lime
  • 2 tsp white vinegar
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1.5 tsp minced garlic
  1. Mix all the above