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Hainanese Chicken Rice - 1

Hainanese Chicken Rice is a popular dish in Singapore. If you’re going to there, you have to try it at least once because your visit won’t be complete without it. You may try the Hainanese Chicken Rice in hawker centers like Lau Pa Sat, and at Tiong Bahru. I can still recall our journey to Tiong Bahru. We took a bus going there. It was quite a long bus ride but it was all worth it. Hainanese Chicken Rice is served with fragrant chicken-flavored rice and condiments such as chilli, ginger, and dark soya sauce.

Here in Manila, we would get our Hainanese Chicken craving satisfied at Wee Nam Kee, or Boon Tong Kee. We have tried others but these two are our favorites. Just recently, we received various sauce packs from Prima Taste. One of the sauce packs that we have received is the Hainanese Chicken Rice set.

The Prima Taste Hainanese Chicken Rice pack consists of the following:

  • Hainanese Chicken Rice Premix
  • Hainanese Chicken Rice Fragrance Oil
  • Sesame Soya Sauce Oil
  • Chilli Sauce
  • Chicken Rice Ginger Sauce
  • Chicken Rice Dark Soya Sauce

The Prima Taste Hainanese Chicken Rice pack is recommended for those who are cooking the dish for the first time since it already includes the recipe.

According to the Prima Taste recipe, here’s the main ingredients that you need:

  • 2.5 L of water
  • 1 pkt. of Hainanese Chicken Rice Premix
  • Whole chicken (1.2 to 1.5kg)
  • 500g of Long grain rice (Thai long grain rice is recommended)
  • 1 pkt. of Hainanese Chicken Rice Fragrance Oil
  • 610mL of chicken stock

For the condiments, you would need the following:

  • Sesame Soya Sauce Oil
  • Chilli Sauce
  • Chicken Rice Ginger Sauce
  • Chicken Rice Dark Soya Sauce
  • Cucumber
  • Coriander leaves

Sauce packs for the condiments of the Hainanese Chicken Rice

For the soup garnish, you would need the following:

  • soft bean curd (tofu)
  • lettuce (shredded)
  • coriander leaves
  • spring onion

Listed below are the cooking steps from Prima Taste’s recipe. Alternatively, you may check out this video below from Prima Taste.

1) Cook Chicken and Stock
Fill stock pot with 2.5 L of water, add Hainanese Chicken Rice Premix and bring to boil on high temperature. Submerge chicken into the stock with its back facing up. Lower temperature and simmer for approximately 30 minutes.

2) Remove chicken from stock pot and chill in ice water for 15 minutes. Drain well, set aside chicken and chicken stock.

3) Cook Rice
Mix rice, 610mL chicken stock (from step 2) and Hainanese Chicken Rice Fragrance Oil in rice cooker.

4) Stir rice gently after 5 minutes and continue cooking. When cooked, fluff rice gently with chopsticks (while loosening rice), avoid the bottom of the rice cooker). Leave at “Keep Warm” setting for 10 to 15 minutes.

5) Put the whole packet of Sesame Soya Sauce Oil in a pot of boiling water and boil for 2 minutes. Remove from heat, cut open the packet and pour into a bowl. Set aside at room temperature.

6) Chop chicken into parts. Arrange on a platter, over a bed of sliced cucumber. Pour the Sesame Soya Sauce Oil over the chicken and garnish with coriander leaves. Serve with warm rice. In separate condiment bowls, serve – Chilli Sauce, Chicken Rice Ginger Sauce, and Chicken Rice Dark Soya Sauce as dips.

The recipe is actually good for 4 to 6 people.

Thank you Prima Taste for sending this over. You may purchase Prima Taste in SM, Rustans, Makati Supermarket, Dutyfree, Robinsons, Market Market and Puregold. The Hainanese Chicken Rice pack costs Php 249.

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Drinking vietnamese coffee

 

Going to Vietnam without drinking their coffee is like going to Singapore without eating Laksa. You can definitely see coffee shops in every street corner and one can really see that the coffee culture in Vietnam is very strong. The standard Vietnamese coffee is black coffee mixed with sweet condensed milk. Their coffee is strong but because of the condensed milk, the acidity is subdued by the sweet condensed milk. We didn’t get tired of drinking their coffee anytime of the day and just sitting at their stools whether on the sidewalk or inside an upscaled coffee shop. Read more »

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Bun Cha

Bún Chả is one of the most popular Hanoi street food that one should not miss. There are lots of them in every street corner however a friend recommended us to go have Bún Chả in Hang Manh. The lady in our hotel also said that this is the best place to get Bún Chả.

What is Bún Chả? Bún means white rice noodles while Chả means grilled pork. So basically, it’s grilled barbequed pork patties with white rice noodles and herbs with vinaigrette (fish sauce, vinegar, sliced papaya, chili and lime.) The vinaigrette is a little bit sweet. Bun Cha is also paired with Nem Cua Be (spring rolls). Their spring rolls are made of crab meat, pork, egg white, noodles, mushrooms and carrots. Read more »

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I am a simple gal and chocolates can make me happy.

There were 2 leading chocolate brands in Krakow: Krakowska Manufaktura Czekolady (Krakow Chocolate Factory) and E. Wedel’s Czekolady. I’ll also show you some that I found while I was wandering around Krakow.

1.Krakowska Manufaktura Czekolady

31-009 Kraków, ul. Szewska 7
Poland

First on my list was to find the Chocolate Factory. It was my last day in Krakow and felt hopeless that I could’t find the Chocolate Factory then suddenly, while I was wandering the streets at the Main Square, I finally found it! I immediately went inside. I felt like Charlie when he entered Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory.

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