Spiced with garlic and ginger and cooked in chicken broth, this easy rice dish is not only tasty, but would complement any main dish that requires rice. It can be made on the stove or rice cooker for ease and convenience.
Almost a year ago, I returned home to the Philippines and traveled around Southeast Asia to research for my cookbook: Rice. Vermicelli. Yum. (Everyone’s favorite dish in Southeast Asia.)
By the way, I can now announce that you can pre-order my book on Amazon and anywhere books are sold (even at Target and Walmart!). I am beyond excited to share it all with you.
I visited 6 countries in my region: Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and of course the Philippines, to bring them the best rice and noodle dishes in the area.
I watched and learned how chefs and cooks create the most delicious and belly-pleasing food made from rice and noodles. It was a lot of fun and I learned a lot in the process.
wow! I almost wished my trip would never end as I could never get enough of the amazing food in this part of the world.
This brings me to this delicious rice dish: rice with garlic and ginger. Being Filipino, rice is so essential to our daily lives and in the Philippines, it’s not a big deal for everyone to eat rice maybe 3 times a day or more.
is the staple food and no viands
are complete without the accompanying rice bowl! However, sometimes simple rice, while good on its own, can be a bit boring.
Sometimes, an entire meal can be lifted with a delicious accompaniment: rice, in the Asian context, cooked and flavored with more tap water than usual. This is that kind of rice.
It certainly has a subtle flavor so as not to overwhelm or dominate the main course, but its delicate flavor coming from aromatics like ginger and garlic add that extra depth of flavor that makes a meal really satisfying.
I especially love this with roast chicken and if you can make it or buy it, authentic Hainan chicken (a very popular chicken dish from Singapore), which is always served with this rice.
The rice itself is
cooked in the chicken broth made from scratch from Hainan’s chicken dish (I’ll write a recipe for that soon!), so all that chicken flavor (and all that tasty fat!!!) is absorbed by the rice, making it deliciously enjoyable.
But don’t worry, you don’t need to make Hainan Chicken for you to make this rice. A good quality homemade or store-bought chicken broth is enough to bring this dish to life.
Next time you’re making some Asian dish and want to have rice that’s fancier than regular rice, you’ve got this!
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