Hainanese Chicken Rice is a popular Chinese dish that commonly associated with Malaysian/Singaporean cuisine. Though this recipe seems to have a long list of ingredients and method, it is not as hard as it look. Give it a try and your effort will be well paid after!
Ingredients For the Chicken 1 whole chicken, washed and drained
5 stalks scallion, washed and cut into 7cm sticks
1 piece thumb sized ginger, peeled and sliced thinly
2 teaspoons coarsed sea salt
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons Shao Xing Cooking Wine*
10 cups water
For the Rice 4 cups uncooked jasmine rice, washed and drained
4 cups chicken broth
3 teaspoons Chicken Ginger Sauce*
For the Soup 1/2 wombok, sliced into pieces
6 cups chicken broth
For the Sauce 3 tablespoons soy sauce
3 tablespoons chicken broth
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon fried chopped garlic
Garlic Chilli Sauce*, to serve
In a stockpot, bring 10 cups of water to the boil.
Use the sea salt as a scrub, rub the inner and outer surface of the chicken for a smooth looking skin.
Rub the chicken with Shao Xing Cooking Wine, followed by the soy sauce.
Stuff the chicken cavity with the ginger and scallions.
Submerge the chicken, breast side down into the boiling water. Lower the heat and let the chicken simmer for 30-45 minutes depending on the size of the chicken.
Prepare a cold bath for the chicken. In a big bowl, add 10 cups of cold water and ice cubes. When the chicken is cooked, remove and plunge immediately into the cold bath for 10 minutes. Reserve the chicken broth.
Drain the chicken and remove the ginger and scallions from the cavity. Set aside to cool and chop into desired serving size.
In a rice cooker, mix the uncooked rice with the chicken ginger sauce and the broth. Cook according the rice cooker's manual instruction.
Bring the chicken broth back to the boil, add in the wombok and simmer until cooked.
To make the sauce for the chicken, mix all the sauce ingredients. Set aside.
To serve, arrange the chicken pieces on a plate and pour over the prepared sauce.
Serve with the rice, soup and garlic chilli sauce.
Shao Xing Cooking Wine, Chicken Ginger Sauce and Garlic Chilli Sauce can be found in Asian grocery.