Claypot Chicken Rice is one of Malaysia's favourite hawker dishes. It's cooked in little claypots over a roaring fire, and has a lovely crusty bottom with succulent tender chicken pieces that steam with the rice. Mouthwateringly delicious.
The recipe I picked for Jesse and I to cook is from The Food Canon. After the success I had with the Char Siew recipe from the website, it's the first place I looked for Claypot Chicken Rice.
We took our time cooking this dish, stopping in between the cooking process to have a cuppa and snack on pineapple. We were richly rewarded in the end with a fabulous dish that sated our hunger. We rounded-off the meal with our Portuguese Custard Tarts and more tea.
CLAYPOT CHICKEN RICE (for 2-3 pax)
Adapted from The Food Canon
Preparing the Meat
About half a Chicken (800g - 1kg)
2 tablespoons Light Soya Sauce
2 tablespoons Oyster Sauce
2 tablespoons Chinese Wine
1 teaspoon Sugar
Cut-off and set aside the back bone, feet and less desirable parts for the stock. Cut the Chicken into small pieces, bone-in and skin-on. In a bowl add the rest of the ingredients and leave the Chicken to marinate for an hour.
Preparing the chicken stock
Add the pieces for the stock into a small saucepan with about 3 cups of water. Leave to simmer for about an hour.
Cooking the Rice
2 cups of Thai Jasmine Fragrant Rice
2 cups of Chicken Stock, strained
Add the Rice into the claypot. Add an equal amount of Stock into the pot. Be careful to keep to the 1:1 rice:liquid ratio. Cover and cook the pot on low flame for 10 minutes or until the Rice is cooked, i.e. the liquid has been absorbed and the Rice is fluffy.
Cooking the Meat
2 pieces of Chinese Waxed Sausages, sliced thinly (optional)
A little Salted Fish (optional)
As the Rice is cooking, slice the Waxed Sausages. When the Rice is cooked, open the lid of the pot and put the marinated Chicken pieces on top of the Rice. Stick to one single layer to ensure even cooking. Add the sliced Sausages on top and little pieces of Salted Fish into the pot. Cover and cook for another 15 minutes.
Preparing the sauce and garnishing the pot
2 Red Chillies (optional)
1 tablespoon Dark Soya Sauce
For the Sauce
1 teaspoon Sesame Oil
1 tablespoon Light Soya Sauce
1 tablespoon Oyster Sauce
1 tablespoon Chinese Wine
1 teaspoon Sugar
1 teaspoon Salt
A little White Pepper Powder
Mix the sauce ingredients in a bowl. About 2 minutes before the pot of Rice is cooked, drizzle in the Sauce. Chop the Spring Onions and slice the Red Chillies. At the 25th minute mark, it should be done. Depending on the strength of fire and type of pot, the timing may vary, but it is easy to see to check whether the meat is cooked.
Just before you serve it at the dining table, drizzle in the Dark Soya Sauce, add the chopped Spring Onions and cut Red Chillies. When eating, give the Rice a stir first and scrape some of the crusted Rice at the bottom. Serve with with a dipping sauce of cut Chilies in Light Soya Sauce.