4pieceschickenthigh, leg or breast will work well with this recipe
3cupsricewhite or brown
Chilli Sauce (Optional)
Start by pouring 5 cups of cold water into a large stockpot and set aside. Slice 3 thick slices of ginger. Cut the spring onion in half and crush the onion head.Place the ginger and spring onion into the water and bring it to a boil. Let this boil for 30 minutes over medium-high heat. Meanwhile, prepare a bowl of ice water and set this aside.Once the water has boiled, add the meat. After 1 minute, remove the chicken and add it into the bowl of ice-cold water.Repeat this step four to five times. If you’re using breast, repeat this for only two to three times.
Continue to boil the chicken in the stock on low heat for 30 minutes. After this, remove the meat from the stock and place it into the ice water with 2 tablespoons of salt, 1 teaspoon of fish sauce. Leave this for 40-60 minutes before slicing into bite-size. Keep the stock for later use.
Wash the rice 3-4 times. Add 4 cups of the stock from the previous step with pandan leaves, butter, lemongrass, chicken powder, salt and a dash of turmeric powder. The turmeric powder will add a lovely yellow colour to the rice.Put this on normal settings in the rice cooker and stir halfway through cooking.
For the ginger sauce, start by peeling the ginger skin with a spoon or peeler. Chop finely into the desired size or use a food processor and add salt to taste. Heat the oil in a small pan until the oil begins to smoke. Pour over the ginger and mix well. Leave this to cool slightly before serving.For the chilli sauce, finely chop the garlic, ginger and chilli before blending this with a food processor. Once this has turned into a paste, squeeze 1 lemon and add the chicken powder, salt and sugar to the mix.
Assemble on a plate, laying the meat on top or on the side of the rice. Garnish with coriander (or cilantro) and some chili.
Calories have been calculated using an online calculator. Nutritional information offered on Honest Food Talks is for general information purposes and are only rough estimations.