Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Hainanese Chicken Rice

Chicken Rice an all time favourite of Malaysians.  This is a recipe shared by my online friend, a fellow Malaysian residing in US.  I have used her recipe many times and it never fails me.

Lets look at the recipe.
Source : Wan Noor Baya Wan Chik – ResipiNet



For the rice


3 cups long grain rice
2 tablespoons chicken fat, with skin (I know..but it makes the rice taste really good)
2 tablespoons water
2-3 cm ginger, grated
3-4 garlic cloves, grated
1-2 teaspoon salt (to taste)
3 1/2 cups chicken stock, according to rice package instructions (or more, reserved from chicken that you will boil)
2 screwpine leaves (optional..it will make the rice more fragrant)


Hainanese chicken


1 whole chicken
water, enough for boiling chicken
1 piece thumb sized ginger, smashed
4-5 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed slightly
1 teaspoon salt


Chilli garlic sauce for dipping


10 fresh red chilies
2 cm piece ginger
4 garlic cloves
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon lime juice
2 tablespoons chicken stock (from the boiled chicken. This stock is essential for the chilli sauce)


Ginger sauce for dipping


75 g ginger
6 garlic cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon lime juice
2 tablespoons chicken stock (again stock from the boiled chicken)


Sauce for chicken


1 tablespoon garlic oil (you can shallow fry the garlic in oil and reserved the oil)
1 teaspoon sesame oil
5 tablespoons light soya sauce
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar (to taste)
3 tablespoons chicken broth (from boiled chicken)


Garnishing


fresh coriander leaves
sliced spring onions
sliced cucumbers


How to cook.

First of all wash the rice then place it on to a tea towel or colander to dry.

Then, prepare the chicken. Bring enough water to boil in a large pot. Once boil, add in the salt, ginger, garlic and chicken.

Lower the heat and cook chicken for about 20 - 25 minutes, uncovered. It is very important to boil the chicken very slowly over low flame. Turn off flame and cover the pot.

Allow the chicken to steep inside for another 20-25 minutes. Remove chicken and immerse it into a basin of cold water for 5-6 minutes.

Take chicken out and drain in a colander to drip dry before cutting it into serving pieces

While the chicken is drip drying, prepare the rice. Heat up wok and add in the chicken fat and water.

Bring to a low simmering boil until oil is released from the fat. Add in the ginger and garlic and fry well (without burning the garlic) Remove and discard the chicken fat and skin.

Add in the rice that has been dried and salt and stir fry briskly about 1 - 2 minutes. Transfer rice into an electric rice cooker or pot.

Add in the chicken broth from the boiled chicken together with the screw pine leaves if using. If cooking in a pot, cook over low flame stirring occasionally so as not to let the bottom of the rice burn. Boil until rice is cook.


While the rice is cooking, you can prepare the chili garlic sauce. Just add all ingredients into a blender or food processor, and give it a good whizz, until ingredients are well blended.

Adjust the seasoning with more salt or sugar to taste. The chili garlic sauce can be kept in the refrigerator for about 2-3 days only.

To prepare the ginger sauce is the same give the ingredients a good whiz in the blender. What gives the extra oomph for the sauces is the stock from the chicken broth -- so, do not omit this ingredient.


Lastly combine all the ingredients for the chicken sauce and pour it all over the cut up chicken. You can add more soya sauce and chicken broth to the chicken if you prefer. Just adjust the taste of the sauce with soya sauce and chicken broth.

If you do not have garlic oil, you can fry a few cloves of garlic in oil for few minutes then take out oil and garlic pour it into a jar, and let the garlic steep inside the oil.


Finally, garnish the chicken with the coriander leaves, spring onions and cucumbers.


Enjoy meal with the rice and dipping sauces!



Coffee Cake

I am back after a short time away from my food blog.  What nice way to be on track with a sweet item.  I made this cake for Divali.  My daughter's comment - very nice ad when she wanted to bake something for her school she thought of Coffee Cake and she fell in love with baking...  Since then she has baked a few times.  Another recipe that is easy and yet nice.


Though the cake is called Coffee Cake, it has no coffee flavour anyway in the cake.  i guess the roasted nuts that are used in the cake gives the coffe kind of feeling...

Coffee Cake
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Coffee Cake Topping:

1 cup (100 grams) walnuts or pecans
1/4 cup (50 grams) light brown sugar
1/3 cup (50 grams) mini chocolate chips
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon (15 grams) all purpose flour

Coffee Cake:
2 cups (200 grams) sifted cake flour - I use self raising flour.
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
10 tablespoons (140 grams) unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 cup (150 grams) granulated white sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2/3 cup (160 ml) sour cream or plain yogurt - I used laban instead.

Method

Preheat oven to 177C and place rack in center of oven.

Roast nuts for 8-10minutes till fragrant and chopped coarsely.

Coffee Cake Topping: In a small bowl stir together the sugar, chopped nuts, chocolate chips, ground cinnamon and flour. Set aside.

Butter and flour a 9-inch (23 cm) and line the bottom of a spring form pan with parchment paper.

In a separate bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

In the bowl of your electric mixer (or with a hand mixer), beat the butter until softened (about 1 minute).

Gradually add the sugar and continue to beat until light and fluffy (about 3-4 minutes). Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the vanilla extract.

With the mixer on low, add the flour mixture (in three additions) and sour cream (in two additions) alternately, starting and ending with the flour. Mix only until combined.

Spoon half of the batter into the prepared pan, smoothing the top with an offset spatula.

Sprinkle about half of the nut topping on top of the batter. Cover with the remaining batter and then sprinkle with the remaining nut topping.

Bake for about 40 - 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean. Remove from the oven and let rest for about 10 minutes before releasing the sides of the pan.

Serve warm or at room temperature.

Makes one - 9 inch (23 cm) cake.

Enjoy

Butter Cake

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