Flavored with garlic and ginger and cooked in chicken broth this easy rice dish is not only tasty it would complement any main dish that calls for rice. Can be made in the stovetop or rice cooker for ease and convenience.
Nearly a year ago, I went back home to the Philippines and travelled around South East Asia to research for my cookbook – Rice. Noodles. Yum. (Everyone’s Favorite South East Asian Dishes).
Incidentally, I can now announce that you can pre-order my book on Amazon and anywhere where books are sold (even on 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 you the best rice and noodle dishes in the area.
I watched and learned how chefs and cooks alike create the most delicious and tummy-pleasing food made from rice and noodles. It was a lot of fun and I learned so much in the process.
Wow! I almost wished my trip never ended as I could never have enough of the many amazing food in this part of the world.
This brings me to this delicious rice dish – Garlic and Ginger Rice. Being a Filipino, rice is so essential to our daily life and in the Philippines, it’s no big deal that everyone eats rice perhaps 3x a day or more.
Rice is the staple and no viand is complete without the accompanying rice dish! However, sometimes plain rice, while good on its own, can be a bit boring.
Sometimes, an entire meal can be lifted up by having a delicious side dish – rice, in the Asian context, cooked and flavored with more than the usual tap water. This is that kind of rice.
To be sure, it has a subtle taste so as not to overwhelm or overpower the main dish yet it’s delicate flavor coming from aromatics like ginger and garlic add that extra depth of flavor that makes a meal truly satisfying.
I especially love this with roasted chicken and if you can make or purchase it – authentic Hainanese Chicken (a very popular chicken dish from Singapore), which is always served with this rice.
The rice itself is cooked in the made-from-scratch chicken broth from the Hainanese Chicken dish (soon I will write a recipe for that!), so all that flavor from the chicken (and all that tasty fat!!!) is absorbed by the rice which makes it delightfully pleasing.
But don’t worry, you don’t need to make Hainanese Chicken so you can make this rice. A good quality store-bought or homemade chicken broth is enough to bring this dish to life.
Next time you are making some Asian dish and want to have rice that’s fancier than the usual plain rice, you have this!
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Garlic and Ginger Rice
Flavored with garlic and ginger and cooked in chicken broth this easy rice dish is not only tasty it would complement any main dish that calls for rice. Can be made in the stove top or rice cooker for ease and convenience.
- 2 cups long grain rice like Jasmine, uncooked
- 2 tablespoons oil of choice
- 6 cloves garlic, minced
- 11/2 inch fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
- 2 1/2 cups good quality store bought or homemade chicken stock
- 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
- 1 cup fresh cilantro, coarsely chopped
Rinse the rice twice. Drain well. Heat the oil to medium in a sauce pan (big enough to accommodate the rice and water with enough space to allow rice to expand as it cooks) or rice cooker/multi cooker with a saute function. Stir-fry the garlic and ginger until very aromatic and golden brown, about 2-3 minutes. Add the drained rice and continue to stir-fry until fully coated with the oil and is fragrant about 2-3 more minutes.
Pour in the chicken stock and stir in the salt. Bring to a boil uncovered (if cooking with the sauce pan). Once it begins to boil, cover then allow to simmer on low and cook for 18-20 minutes or until the liquid has been fully absorbed and the rice is tender. If using the rice cooker, simply cover and click on the "cook" button. The rice cooker would automatically go to warm mode when it's done cooking. Turn off heat and allow the rice to sit for another 10 minutes.
Stir in the chopped cilantro. Serve immediately with your favorite Asian dish.