Saturday, August 14, 2021

Hainanese Chicken Rice Burger Recipe

Start with blitzing 3 shallots, 2 cloves garlic and 6 or 8 slices ginger, basically equal portions of everything into a rempah paste. This is the key to getting your rice fragrant. Then lightly fry in oil in a pan for a few minutes until they are golden and aromatic. Trust me, your kitchen will smell like an old school Hainanese chicken rice stall.Next take 240g or 2 fillets of boneless chicken leg with skin on and marinate them with 1 tbsp sesame oil, 1 tbsp chinese wine, 1/2 tsp salt, 1 tbsp corn flour and a dash of white pepper. Mix them well and let it rest for half an hour.

Take a cup of chicken stock or plain water, and season it with 1/2 tsp salt, or less if you prefer less salty rice. Note if you are using packet stocks, they are already salted so skip the salt here.

Add 1 cup of Japanese rice and 1/2 cup of glutinous rice. Make sure you wash and rinse the rice thoroughly before adding them to the rice cooker pot.

Tie and place a bunch of pandan leaves inside the rice cooker. Then spread the rempah paste all around the rice, followed by placing the two chicken fillets on the rice in the center. Pour in the salted chicken stock or water.

Put in the rice cooker and set it to cook at normal rice cooker mode. Once it’s done, you should get that salivating aroma of gingery shalloty garlicky aroma.

To serve, remove the chicken fillets and simply stir the rice to mix all the juices well. You may wish to squeeze a lime into the rice to give it a zesty and citrusy flavour. 

Make a sauce with 1 tsp light soya sauce, 1 tsp sesame oil, 1 tsp honey or sugar and 1 tbsp of water. Stir well and pour into a saucepan. Heat up the saucepan.

When it’s boiling, turn off the flame and add in slices of unsalted butter one slice at a time. Gently whisk until you get a creamy consistency. You may add 1 tsp dark soya sauce to give it a darker colour.

Place a cling wrap into a food ring mold with a base. Spoon some rice into it and cover the cling wrap tightly. Rest for 5 minutes before removing the cling wrap.

You should get a perfect rice bun after unwrapping. Make 2 of these for 1 rice burger.

Assemble the burger by layering some chopped cucumbers on one rice bun, followed by a chicken fillet cut to the size of the rice bun.

Spoon some sauce, followed by adding some homemade achar which you can find on our YouTube channel also. Finally, place the second rice bun on top.

Drizzle more sauce if desired and you are done. A truly and authentic Hainanese Chicken Rice Burger.

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