Hainanese Chicken Rice is a dish that’s quiet easy to make as soon as you have gotten the technique down. It’s a dish that has almost zero added fat (except for the oil used in the ginger sauce), and is very healthy and full of flavour. There are a lot of restos in the metro that serve this delectable dish, but if you feel like giving it a go in your kitchen, give this recipe a try. 🙂
This is a must when preparing your chicken for this dish. You must rub the outer skin of the chicken with rock salt and make sure to “exfoliate” the entire bird. This will ensure that the skin comes out shiny and glistening. 🙂 Be careful not to puncture the skin.
Submerging in ice. This step will make the chicken skin tighten and stick to it. This process is a bit daunting since you will have to do this about 4 times throughout the entire cooking process. A friend of mine told me that she does this up 15 times. I Don’t have the patience for that so, 4 times is good enough. 😛 Keep it in the ice for about 1 minute then place it back in the pot and continue cooking.
Keep repeating this process until the chicken is fully cooked. This will take about 30-45 minutes depending on the size of the bird. To check if the chicken is cooked through, pierce the thigh area with a small knife and if juices run clear, the chicken i done. 🙂 Remember…. do not allow the broth to boil. keep it at a slow simmer. 😉
Quite lot of steps for this one dish, but once you’ve perfected the techniques, this will definitely be a regular at your dinner table 🙂 ENJOY!
“FOOD NOURISHES THE BODY AS GOD’S WORD NOURISHES THE SOUL”