Lunchtime on a converted rice barge in the Mekong Delta. When asked about Vietnamese rice, our host said, “The yellow rice is taken to a factory, made into white rice, boiled for 30 minutes and steamed. This is what you are having for lunch.” Over the next few days, I learned that there is somewhat more to the story.
Hainanese chicken rice, the national dish of Singapore, made internationally famous by Anthony Bourdain. To make it at home seems like a lot of effort, and it is. Get ready for an education in chicken.
Here’s the “just the facts” version of Chicken Rice.
This dish is not “a side of rice,” it is a celebration of rice, where each grain is delicately anointed in oil, perfumed with aromatics, and cooked to perfection.