Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Japanese Ground Chicken Rice


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Being a typical Chinese family living down under here, we always have rice for dinner. Ellie from AlmostBourdain via twitter once asked if I still keep the tradition of having Chinese dinner with three courses together with a soup. Yes, as long as I have enough cooking time. Life is so hectic that I can’t keep the tradition as I wish sometimes. But rice will definitely be served on our dinner table as it’s my husband’s most favourite. Or I can say he is a typical Chinese man who can’t live without rice in a single day, whereas my daughter loves tasting different foods in a wide range of variety. So, the same question repeatedly comes up, whether to have Chinese or western cuisine or other kind of dishes for tonight’s dinner. Being a homecook, I have to find a way to please every different palate in the family, without putting too much pressure on myself. That’s why I continue on the search for simple, easy ways of cooking delicious dishes for my family.

We seldom have rice for lunch, but glad that I cooked this scrumptious Japanese chicken rice as lunch the other day, that was quickly recorded as one of my family’s favourites. This rice is quick and simple, full of Asian flavours, best for hectic days or winter days, lunch or dinner.

Japanese Ground Chicken Rice (Printable recipe)

By Christine's Recipes
Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 30 mins
Yield: serves 2 to 3

Ingredients:
  • 160 gm Japanese rice, about 1 rice cup
  • 1 1/4 cups water, for cooking rice (or follow the instructions on the package)
  • 120 gm ground chicken meat
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp water
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • scallion, finely chopped, for garnish
Seasonings for chicken:
  • 1½ Tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp mirin
  • ½ Tbsp sake (Japanese cooking wine)
  • 1 tsp freshly grated ginger
Seasonings for rice:
  • 2 Tbsp light soy sauce
  • sugar, to taste
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Method:
  • Rinse rice and drain well. Put the rice and water in a rice cooker. Cook until the rice is done.
  • Mix ground chicken with marinade. Cook in a frying pan over medium-low heat until cooked through. Stir constantly and separate the lumps if any while cooking. Set aside.
  • Whisk egg with water. Season with salt, pepper. Pour the egg onto the pan and cook into a thin cake. Dish up and shred the egg. Set aside.
  • When the rice is cooked and ready, add the chicken, stir in the seasonings. Divide and transfer to serving bowls. Garnish with the shredded egg, scallion. Serve hot immediately.

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Notes:
  • The advantage of cooking the chicken before mixing with the rice, you’re pretty sure that the meat is cooked well and get the chicken absorb all the flavours in the seasonings.
  • Or you can skip the step of stir frying the chicken, just quickly toss in the marinated chicken onto the surface of rice when it’s nearly cooked, but not cooked through yet. Immediately close the rice cooker cover, let the rice cooker continue to cook through the chicken. Wait until the chicken is done, then stir in seasonings and mix well with the rice.
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    12 comments :

    1. Oh... I cook a version of this as well. I used minced pork instead.

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    2. Love the rice, Christine. Also am loving the way you serve the egg rolls with it..

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    3. I haven't tried cooking fried rice with mince. Your fried rice looks simple, comforting and delicious. By the way, I think I also cannot survive a day without rice :D

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    4. lovely. I cook rice almost daily, too since my father in law cannot live without it. :)

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    5. This looks delicious--my family would definitely love it! Thanks for the shoutout!

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    6. Adore all your ideas here, your presentation is simple yet very attractive.

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    7. I am not a rice person and yet this rice looks very appealing to me...lovely photos!

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    8. I'm a lazy mama doesn't cook rice and soup every day. Your chicken rice looks good and easy to whip up! Love your beautiful shot!

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    9. This looks really homey and delicious!

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    10. I like the way the tamago is folded, very cute and pretty. 三菜一汤 is quite rare on my family dinner table, coz there is only 2 of us. It's usually one-dish meal, meat+veg/soup hehe

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    11. sounds very satisfying and perfect for weekdays!

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    12. Just what I'm looking for. A nice simple dish :)

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