Icy chicken, why you ask? Because he saw me dunk the cooked chicken pieces into bowl of iced water. This step is crucial to us, because we like how the skin turn gelatinous after. It gives a cartilage-y crunch to it. Dirty rice, well, the rice is cooked with the water used to boil the chicken. I still find it super cute, the way he named this dish.
It is pretty simple, and not so laborious. Here's the recipe.
For the "icy chicken":
- 5 cloves garlic, mashed
- 3 inches ginger, peeled and grated
- 2 tbsp sesame oil
- a whole chicken, cut into 8 pieces
- water, just enough to cover the chicken
For the "dirty rice":
- 3 cups rice, rinsed
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 inch ginger, grated
- 1 tsp sesame oil
Serve it with whatever you like. While I prefer to eat it with ginger chilli sauce, my son loves it with soy sauce. There are so many ways to serve this, it's endless, depends on your creativity. You can re-boil the chicken broth and add some chopped scallions for soup. Or toss some cilantro on top of the rice. Or fan some sliced cucumbers around the plate of rice. Or make few dipping sauce, it could be ginger chilli sauce, chopped chilli with soy sauce, or oyster sauce; whatever floats your boat.