Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Taro Rice

(Update: this recipe was amended on 24/11/07 to include mushrooms)


I can't remember if it was Meatball or Chickyegg who asked for a taro rice recipe. Frankly, I've never had taro rice before. I think it's a very West Malaysian dish, probably Fujian or Chowzhou in origin?

We had a couple of friends stay over the last few days and lunch was always a quick meal outside. Yesterday Ming found a large piece of plastic wrapper, complete with a sticker of the shop and name of the manufacturer of whatever it contained, in his soup noodles. I had wild imagination of what it held inside, and I'm totally put off eating outside. So I decided to try cook yam rice for lunch today. It turned out pretty good, tasty and fragrant, and I'm sharing the recipe (with some changes) from Betty Yew's The Best Of Chinese Cooking. Funny thing about Ms Yew's baking recipes - I never get good results, but her chinese dishes work fine.

Taro Rice

600g taro (weight after peeling), peeled and cut into 3/4" cubes or smaller
400g pork/chicken fillet, cut into 1/2" or 1 cm cubes
4 cups long grain rice, washed & drained
1/4 cup dried prawns, washed well
5 dried chinese mushrooms, soaked and sliced into slivers
6 shallots, sliced thinly
1/2 cup finely chopped spring onions
2 red chilies, sliced thinly
1 can Swanson's chicken broth
1 T light soy sauce
1 T dark soy sauce
veg oil

Meat seaoning ingredients:
1/2 t salt
1/2 t sugar
dash or two of white pepper
2 T light soy sauce
1 T dark soy sauce
2 t sesame oil
1 T shaoxin wine
2 t cornflour

1. Marinade the meat with the seasoning ingredients.
2. Fry the shallot slices till golden and crispy. Put aside.
3. Deep-fry the taro in 3 batches till lightly golden. Drain on kitchen paper.
4. Pour away the oil used for frying the taro until about 1/3 cup remains. Fry the dried prawns till brown and crispy, add the mushrooms, fry a minute and add rice and fry, adding 1 T light soy sauce and 1 T dark soy sauce (or more if you want more color), for about 1 to 2 minutes.
5. Put rice into a large rice cooker, add the chicken stock using a rice-measuring cup and measure out 3 1/2 cups (add water to make up to that amount), adding to the rice as you go. Add meat on top. Switch cooker on.
6. As soon as rice boils, add the taro. Do not stir to mix.
7. When the 'cooked' indicator is on, test a grain of rice to see if it's fully cooked. If so, fluff and mix the rice and taro thoroughly. Serve rice garnished with crispy shallot slices, chilies and green onions.


Denise ^ ChickyEGG said...

I got excited when u made that!!! ahhahaha TQ x100
ei, everytime i go market, when i see yam, i will start to hesitate, TO BUY or NOT TO BUY! know why ? I don't know how to peel off the skin!!! the rough skin with the Green head looks "challenging" to me!!
Can u demonstrate to me steps of cleaning the yam pleaseeeee? I heard my mum says becareful when cleaning it, bcuz the sticky liquid of the yam will make ur hands itchy ? true?

Greg Wee said...

NEE: always thot meicai kourou is hakka...eiiii my research not very good then.

Seriously, that was a lovely cake. i always wanted to learn fondant but put it off with the excuse i have no kids. but the results are so gorgeous. making me rethink liau.

everything with yam is yummy..

iml said...

Just the recipe I am looking for today. I just couldn't resist the yam in the market today. Thanks. Is there any other recipes with yam?

Terri @ A Daily Obsession said...

denise: no kidding?? just grab the yam by the top green part, sit the bottom on the cutting board and slice off the skin, turning the yam as u go. yes, mom's right, ur hands will feel itchy but not my rough old iron hands...

gregwee: try making it soon, i'm very sure u'll do a great job.

imi:hi, welcome!u can try the yam recipes in 'cakes n desserts (asian)' under categories on my blog.yes, everybody loves yam!i'll think of more ok.

Greg Wee said...

NEE: can wear a pair of hygenic gloves, those thin see through ones. will definitely help to prevent itch if you are shaving off too many.

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