Recipe for Authentic Singaporean Chicken Rice
Chicken rice is famous for being one of Singapore's most iconic local dishes. This classic Hainanese dish is cooked with a touch of garlic, shallot and ginger to give fragrance to the rice. It is always served with ginger, chilli and dark soy, along with the delicious chicken broth in a separate bowl on the side. Here is a fantastic recipe for authentic Hainanese chicken rice that is sure to whet your appetite.
Singapore Hainanese Chicken Rice (Serves 4):
• 1 packet Singapore Hainanese Chicken Rice Spice Paste
• 450g (1 lb) chicken thighs, cut 3 slits through the skin into the meat
• 2 1/2 cups (550 ml) water
• 1 1/2 cups (250g) uncooked rice
• Soya sauce and sesame oil to taste (optional)
• Sliced cucumber and tomato as garnish
1. Put rice, water and spice paste in non-stick saucepan. Mix well.
2. Place chicken on top of rice mixture. Bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover and cook for 12-15 minutes or until cooked. Turn heat off.
3. Leave to stand for 5-10 minutes. Remove chicken and season to taste before serving with rice. Garnish.
Cooking Tip: Using Rice Cooker
Put rice, 1 3/4 cups (380 ml) water and spice paste in rice cooker. Mix well. Place chicken on top of rice mixture. Set for cooking. Stand for 5-10 minutes before serving.
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A hot, drier-style curry from Indonesia that has a blend of rich, coconut cream and tangy spices, rendang is ideal for those who like a bit of chilli. Traditionally served with beef, it can also be served with chicken or lamb, and truly provides a melt-in-your-mouth experience. Regardless of the weather, the exotic flavours of rendang make it an exquisite dish to eat all year long. Vegetarians who would like to try rendang can do so with Asian Home Gourmet's Indonesian Rendang Curry spice paste
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A Guide to Korean Table Manners
Whether you're visiting Korea or hosting a Korean dinner party at your place, it's always a good idea to know the correct dining etiquette. Politeness and respect for elders are both very important considerations during Korean meals. Read on for a comprehensive guide to Korean table manners.
1. Wait to be seated
Younger people should remain standing and allow older diners to be seated before sitting down themselves.
2. Tell the host you are looking forward to eating
Once the food has been presented, don't dig straight in. You should first express to the host that you are looking forward to eating the meal. In Korean, the word for this is "Jalmukesumneda" which means "I will eat well".
3. Wait to eat
Yep, a little more waiting. Even after waiting to be seated and expressing that you are looking forward to eating, you still need to wait for the oldest person to begin eating before you can start. When you start to eat, you should first taste the soup or kimchi juice before moving on to the other dishes.
4. Be hygienic
You should never blow your nose at the table, if you really need to, you should excuse yourself and go to the bathroom. If you need to cough or sneeze, cover your mouth with a napkin and turn your head away from the table. When extracting inedible parts of your meal such as bones or gristle, wrap them in a napkin before placing them to the side.
5. Keep pace with others
Try to eat at the same pace as your fellow diners so that you don't finish long before or after the rest of the table. This is an especially important custom to observe when you are dining with elders.
6. Bowl etiquette
Don't hold your bowl while you eat as you might do in other Asian countries. At the end of the meal, pour boiled water into your rice bowl and drink it.
7. Don't double dip
There are a lot of communal dishes in Korean meals, so it is important not to double dip. You should also never use your hands to serve yourself.
8. Drink etiquette
Always refill others' glasses before pouring yourself a drink, especially those older than you. If an elder offers you an alcoholic drink it is rude to refuse it. In order to respectfully accept, you should hold out both hands while they pour.
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2. Customise your Ingredients
Add thinly sliced beef to get your protein hit, some antioxidant-packed mushrooms and a super green like kale or spinach to pack the maximum amount of nutrients into your pho. There's no need to limit yourself to just one green vegetable, you can also add bok choy, shallots, kale or broccoli. Try swapping out the usual rice noodles for some kelp noodles or bean vermicelli or go grain-free by using mung bean sprouts.
3. Add Healthy Toppings
Topping your pho with bright, fresh ingredients can add texture and flavour and it's also a great opportunity to boost the health properties of your dish. Add some julienned carrots for a crunchy texture and a vitamin boost. Scatter plenty of fresh green herbs such as mint, coriander or basil to add flavour and antioxidants. If you like a bit of heat, throw in some fresh sliced chilli for maximum health benefits.