I have known the lovely Cynthia at Tastes Like Home for a while; she is one of the early supporters of Rasa Malaysia. Last year when we were on a Caribbean cruise, we met up with her in Barbados. A few months ago, I invited Cynthia to write a guest post. Personally, I am intrigued by Caribbean-influenced Chinese food, and thought Cynthia would be the best person to write a post on the topic. We chose fried rice, a simple Chinese dish that has no geographical boundary. Please welcome Tastes Like Home with her beautiful and mouthwatering Chicken Fried Rice, Caribbean-style. Yum!
Earlier this year, I read with pleasure, the invitation by Rasa Malaysia to write a guest post for her blog. Rasa Malaysia has been among the first blogs I visited when I started blogging back in 2007 and I have been hooked since then. I’ve long admired her food and her photography. I bought the camera I use based on her recommendation! Coming from the Caribbean where countries such as my birth-land, Guyana, is made up of a vast number of Chinese, it is easy to understand how at home I feel when visiting Rasa Malaysia.
Guyana, Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago and Suriname have long been home huge Chinese populations, today, that influence can also be seen in other Caribbean countries such as Barbados, Grenada, St. Vincent, St. Lucia, and Dominica etc. Whether you are in any of the aforementioned countries, Turks & Caicos or St. Kitts-Nevis, a dish that gets made weekly either as part of the Sunday-lunch spread, a weekday meal or special occasion is Fried Rice, specifically Chicken Fried Rice. So popular is this dish that I wrote a column discussing the importance of Fried Rice to the Caribbean cuisine, especially in places such as Guyana. You can click here to read the column.
Each country and each household has it’s own recipe of ingredients for Chicken Fried Rice and method of making it. One thing that we call agree on is that it should have a lot of vegetables. The version I present to you today is one made up from different home cooks.
3 leg quarters cut into large pieces, washed and pat dry
1 tablespoon dark soy sauce
4 tablespoons Kecap Manis (or C’bean Chinese Sauce), divided
1 heaping tablespoon green seasoning
2 teaspoons five-spice powder, divided
1 teaspoon grated garlic
1 tablespoon finely grated fresh ginger, divided
Salt and black pepper to taste
2 cups long grain white rice
3 cups water
1 tablespoon fine chopped fresh ginger
3 clove garlic, smashed
Minced hot pepper to taste
½ cup diced carrots
½ cup green peas (fresh or defrosted)
½ cup diced bell peppers (red, green & yellow)
½ teaspoon MSG
2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
2 eggs, beaten and lightly fried, and cut up
½ cup thinly sliced green onions (white & green parts)
1. Add chicken, soy sauce, 2-tablespoons, Kecap Manis or Chinese sauce, green seasoning, 1-teaspoon 5-spice powder, grated garlic and ½ tablespoon grated garlic and salt and pepper to taste to a bowl and mix together. Set aside to marinate
2. Wash the rice about 3 – 5 times until water runs clear
3. Add rice, water, 1-tablespoon oil and salt to taste to pot. Stir, cover pot, set on high heat and bring to a boil. As soon as the pot comes to a boil, reduce heat to summer and let cook for 25 minutes. At the end of that time, remove the pot from the heat and leave untouched for 10 minutes then remove cover, fluff rice and spread it out on a large baking sheet to cool completely
1. Heat 2 tablespoons oil to large karahi/wok or deep frying pan
2. Remove chicken from marinade and sauté in pan. Let both side brown. Pour marinade and enough water to cook chicken, cover and cook until chicken is cooked through and there is just a little thick sauce remaining. Remove the pan from the stove and transfer the chicken and sauce to a bowl and set aside
3. Wipe the pan clean and add another 2 tablespoons oil and place on high heat
4. Add chopped ginger, smashed garlic and minced hot pepper and sauté for 30 seconds
5. Add carrots and cook for 30 – 45 seconds
6. Add peas, peppers and rice to pan and stir to mix; let cook for 2 – 3 minutes or until the rice is heated through
7. Sprinkle 5-spice powder, MSG, grated ginger, salt and pepper to taste and toss to mix thoroughly
8. Drizzle in sesame oil along with remainder 2-tablespoons Kecap Manis/Chinese Sauce and toss; cook for another minute
9. Add cooked chicken and drippings along with eggs to rice and toss to mix. Cook for another minute and serve garnished with green onions.
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