Recipe : Hainanese Chicken Rice


Hainanese Chicken Rice, Ipoh Chicken Rice, Singapore Chicken Rice, Hailam Chicken Rice, Chicken Rice Chinese Style... whatever you call it, this is one of the most delicious Chicken Rice that I have ever tasted.

After spending 3 days in the kitchen,  today my cooking task is over as DH heading back to Ipoh. So Mom I hereby return your kitchen space back to you heheh..But before the handover of the kitchen, i managed to cook this chicken rice for DH's lunch.

This rice dish is so flavorful of ginger and garlic, fragrant and rich with sesame oil and the special homemade chillie sauce on the side. Hainanese chicken rice is sometimes served with balls of rice as compared to Singapore where it is usually served in bowls or on plates.

The recipe is adapted from Steamy Kichen, but i have to modified the recipe to include cinnamon sticks, cardamoms, few cloves and star anise too into the soup pot and into the rice pot.  This is to reduce the strong smell of the chicken (Steamy Kicthen used organic chicken so i assumed it less smelly compare to our chicken). For safety reason, and due to i have no kitchen temperature to measure the temperature of the cooked chicken,  I  boiled the chicken until its cooked and tender. The original recipe require the chicken to be cooked just nice and not overcooked. So here the recipe.
1 whole chicken
Fresh ginger
2 - 3 stalks green onions.
1 teaspoon sesame oil

Modification :
2 cinnamon sticks, cardamoms, star anise and cloves.

1. To clean the chicken, with a small handful of kosher salt (garam kasar pun boleh), rub the chicken all over, getting rid of any loose skin and dirt. Rinse chicken well, inside and outside. Season generously with salt inside and outside. Stuff the chicken with the ginger slices and the green onion. Place the chicken in a large stockpot and fill with cold water to cover by 1 inch. Bring the pot to a boil over high heat, then immediately turn the heat to low to keep a simmer. Cook for about 30 minutes more (less if you're using a smaller chicken). Check for doneness by sticking a chopstick into the flesh under the leg and see if the juices run clear or insert a thermometer into the thickest part of the thigh not touching bone. It should read 170F.

2. When the chicken is cooked through, turn off the heat and remove the pot from the burner. Immediately lift and transfer the chicken into a bath of ice water to cool and discard the ginger and green onion. Don't forget to reserve the poaching broth for your rice, your sauce, and the accompanying soup. The quick cooling will stop the cooking process, keeping the meat soft and tender, and giving the skin a lovely firm texture

2 tablespoon chicken fat or 2 tbsp vegetable oil - I used vege oil.
3 cloves garlic, finely minced
1'' section of ginger, finely minced
2 cups long-grain uncooked rice, washed and soaked in cool water for 10 min or longer
2 cups reserved chicken poaching broth
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon kosher salt
Modification :
2 cinnamon sticks, cardamoms, star anise and cloves, also 2 pandan leaves and shallots (blended with garlic and ginger)

 To cook the rice: Drain the rice. In a wok or sauce pan (use a medium sauce pan if you plan on cooking the rice on the stove top), heat 2 tablespoons of cooking oil over medium-high heat. When hot, add the ginger, garlic and shallots, all the spices and pandan leaves and fry until your kitchen smells like heaven. Be careful not to burn the aromatics! Add in your drained rice and stir to coat, cook for 2 minutes. Add the sesame oil, mix well.

1 tablespoon lime juice
2 tablespoon reserved chicken poaching broth
2 teaspoon sugar
4 fresh chillies,
4 cloves garlic
1'' ginger
a generous pinch of salt, to taste

1/4 cup dark soy sauce - I used 1/2 cup chicken broth / soup mix with half cup of soy sauce (kicap jalen pon boleh)
1 cucumber and tomato, thinly sliced or cut into bite-sized chunks

Method :

To make the rice on the stove: In the same sauce pan, add 2 cups of your reserved poaching broth, add salt and bring to a boil. Immediately turn the heat down to low, cover the pot and cook for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit (with lid still on) for 5-10 minutes more.

To cook rice in a rice cooker: Pour aromatics and rice (after frying) into your rice cooker, add 2 1/2 cups of your reserved poaching broth and salt. Follow the instructions for your model (usually this will just mean "turn it on!")

 While your rice is cooking, remove the chicken from the ice bath and rub the outside of the chicken with the sesame oil. Carve the chicken for serving.

To make the chili sauce: Blend your chili sauce ingredients in a blender until smooth and bright red.

 To make the soup: You should have six or seven cups of the reserved poaching broth left over to serve as soup. Just before serving, heat up the soup, taste and season with salt as necessary.

Serve the chicken rice with chili sauce, dark soy sauce, cucumber slices, and a bowl of hot broth .

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  1. I tak rela nak tengok. InsyaAllah hari ni I puasa.... doakan moga sampai ke petang.

  2. dem.

    lapar terus!

    kejam ok gambo gambo nih!

  3. Weh girlfren, sejak jadi isteri orang ni kemain rajin masak & boh gambaq masakan kat sini...*telan ayaq lioq*

    Teruskan! Walaupun akak terpaksa menelan ayaq lioq selalu tengok semua gambaq makanan tu..huhu..

  4. Nice one! mana nak cari nasi ayam ni...adoiiii.


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