One thing I truly miss is the food from back home. So when I got hold of the recipe of Hainanese Chicken Rice from the Taste of Asia Thermomix cookbook, I HAD TO try making it. Of course, I also had to make the dipping sauces, or else it wouldn’t be complete.
Prior to having Spencer, I have made chicken rice before, and it turned out great. But the multilayer cooking does make it a lot easier, and I have to say, the taste definitely doesn’t lose out to cooking it in the traditional way! Plus it was a huge hit with the two boys! hehe HOORAY!
One thing I cannot do without when having chicken rice is the dipping sauces. Especially this ginger dipping sauce! I usually buy them off the shelf at an asain supermarket, but I love that I am able to make it from scratch and also to get it on the table in about 5 mins!
Of course, the chilli dipping sauce too!
This is definitely is and will continue to be the staple in our house. Succulent chicken pieces with flavourful rice, I cannot think of anything that is more comforting for dinner.
I was asked by a customer at a Varoma cooking class recently to post about how I cooked my chicken rice. Sorry it took so long, but here it is! Step-by-step! I hope you all will enjoy it as much as we do!
Hainanese Chicken Rice (Adapted from Taste of Asia)
Ginger Dipping Sauce
120g young ginger, peeled
50g eschalots, peeled
100g vegetable oil
1/2 tsp salt
- Place ginger and eschalots into the bowl and chop for 5 secs/ Speed 7. Scrape the side of the bowl.
- Add remaining ingredients and blend for 20 secs/ Speed 8.
- Scrape down the sides of the bowl and cook for 5 mins/100 deg C/ Speed 2. Pour into bowl or mini thermoserver, and set aside to have with Hainanese chicken rice.
Note : Can be kept in a jar for 1 week or frozen for 3 months.
Chilli Dipping Sauce
100g big red chillies, cut into 3 pieces
20g ginger, peeled
50g garlic, peeled
80g white vinegar
1 tsp salt
1/2 tbs sugar
- Place chilli, ginger and garlic into the bowl and chop for 5 secs/ Speed 8. Scrape the sides of the bowl, and repeat process for 2 more times.
- Add remaining ingredients and blend for 1 minute / Speed 6.
- Add salt and sugar. Pour into a serving bowl or mini thermoserver and set aside.
Hainanese Chicken Rice (Serves 4-6)
2 tsp chinese wine
2 tsp light soy sauce
2 tsp sesame oil
1 whole chicken (about 1.7kg)
4 cloves of garlic
2 spring onion, cut into half
8 slices of ginger, peeled
4 eschalots, peeled
1 tbs olive oil
300g jasmine rice, rinsed
1.5L chicken stock
2 pandan leaves
A packet of bean sprouts
Fried shallots & thinly sliced spring onion, to garnish
- Mix the chinese wine, soy and sesame oil in a small bowl and rub it all over the chicken as well as inside the cavity.
- Stuff two cloves of garlic, spring onion, and 4 slices of ginger into the cavity and place into the Varoma dish. Make sure the chicken doesn’t cover all the holes to ensure the steam can be circulated. Set aside.
- Place the remaining garlic, ginger and eschalots and oil into the bowl and sauté for 2 mins/ Varoma temperature/ Reverse, Speed 2. Add the rice and sauté for 2 mins/ 100 deg C/ Reverse, Speed 2. Pour mixture into the steaming basket and place pandan leave in the middle and set aside.
- Place 1 L of chicken stock into the bowl. Place the steaming basket of sautéed rice into the bowl as well and set the Varoma into position. Steam for 30 mins/ Varoma temperature/ Speed 4. Remove the steaming basket from the bowl, and place the rice into the Thermoserver to keep warm while the chicken continues steaming.
- Top up the bowl with another 500ml of chicken stock. Replace the Varoma back into position and continue cooking for another 15-30 minutes/ Varoma temperature/ Speed 4, depending on the size of your chicken. In the last 10 minutes of steaming, add the bean sprouts around the chicken to steam.
- Mix 3 tsp light soy sauce, 2 tbs of hot water, 1/2 tsp sesame oil and 1/4 tsp of sugar in a bowl. Chop up the chicken and pour this sauce over the chicken before serving.
Garnish with fried shallots and thinly sliced spring onions. Serve with the two dipping sauces prepared and a thick black soy sauce.
Tuck in and enjoy!
Would love to hear what you think after you’ve tried this! Email me photos of your creation as I would love to see them!
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