Hainanese Chicken Rice

Hainanese Chicken Rice

Hainanese Chicken Rice

This Hainanese Chicken Rice is a favorite hawker lunch dish in Singapore and Malaysia. It is also a Chinese dish found in related forms all over South East Asian. Example, the Thai dish Khao Man Kaj.


  • 1 chicken
  • 1/4 brown onion
  • 2 cloves crushed garlic
  • 3cm garlic (smashed & bruised)
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp light soya sauce
  • Bunch of coriander leaves
  • Chopped spring onions
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 4 cups long grain rice (washed & drained)
  • Salt & white pepper to taste
  • 1 small sliced cucumber
  • 1 tomatoes sliced
  • 1 head iceberg lettuce (shredded)

For Chilli Ginger Sauce:

6 fresh chopped chillies
5cm fresh green ginger (chopped)
3 cloves garlic (chopped)
Pinch of salt
Dash of white vinegar

Preparing Chilli Ginger Sauce:

In a food processor, grind chillies, ginger and garlic to a rough paste, adding salt and vinegar to taste and also a little chicken stock


  1. Remove fat from chicken and keep aside
  2. Bring a large pot of water to boil
  3. Add the chicken in water with onion, garlic and ginger
  4. Boil for about 5 minutes and skim off any scum floating to the top
  5. Turn off heat and cover, leave for 30 minutes
  6. Remove chicken from pot, rinse with cold water and leave to drain
  7. Chop chicken and assemble onto a serving plate
  8. Pour the sesame oil and soy sauce over the top
  9. Garnish with coriander leaves and spring onions
  10. Place in sauce bowls
  11. Heat vegetable oil and fry fads of chicken fat to produce liquid chicken fat
  12. Remove the residue
  13. Put in rice and stir-fry for 3 mins till rice is transparent and well coated in oil
  14. Add 6 cups stock and a little salt if wish
  15. Cook rice till stock is absorbed
  16. Dish out rice on a plate, garnish with slices of cucumber and tomatoes
  17. Preparing Stock for Vegetable Soup: Heat remaining stock then add in lettuce
  18. Pour hot soup into bowls, serve with Chicken Rice, Hainan Chicken and Chilli Ginger Sauce
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