Monday, 28 November 2011

Cooking: 20-min One-Pot Chinese Steamed Chicken & Rice with Shiitake & Ginger

This has got to be one of my favourite all-time meals and it's extremely easy to make. It's perfect for that cold winter night or a lazy night. It takes about 10 minutes prep time and 20 minutes cooking time. Take that Jamie Oliver!!! 

20-min One-Pot Chinese Steamed Chicken & Rice with Shiitake Mushroom & Ginger
(serves 3, 2 if you're very hungry)

1 package of Skinless Chicken Thigh Fillets (about 475g)
1 package of fresh Shiitake Mushroom (about 125g)
1" x 1/2" ginger thinly julienned
1/4 tsp White Pepper
1 tsp Sugar
1 tbsp Light Soy
1/2 tsp Salt (can add more after to taste)
1/4 tsp Chicken Stock Powder (extra chicken flavour)
1 tsp Toasted Sesame Oil
300 ml Jasmine Rice (with dry deciliter measuring cup)

  1. Cut chicken into 1/2" to 1" pieces put in a large bowl.
  2. Remove stem from mushroom, julienne, put into chicken bowl.
  3. Add seasoning (julienned ginger, white pepper, sugar, light soy, sesame oil, salt, chicken stock powder) into the chicken bowl and mix well. Set aside. 
  4. In a large non-stick saucepan, add rice & 500-550 ml (same measuring cup) of water into the pan. Cover, boil on medium-high heat until water becomes bubbly (boiling).
  5. Turn heat to low, add chicken mixture covering every inch of pan. Put lid on and let it simmer for about 15-20 mins. 
  6. Check in with chicken rice at about 10min mark to see if it's cook through. 
  7. Turn off heat. Stir. Serve. Done.
Chef's notes:
  • I recommend using skinless chicken thigh fillets for this dish because breast is much tougher when steamed. 
  • If no fresh Shiitake Mushroom is available, you can use dried, but rehydrate with hot water.
  • If you want to add some vegetable to the meal, please do, bok choi or Chinese cabbage will be great addition. You would like to add this 5 minutes to the pot before serving.

Saturday, 26 November 2011

Photography: First Shots

Photography is something I've always aspired to learn and love. I know nothing about cameras (even though I'm quite technology savvy) and lighting. As a graphic designer, what we know is good composition and art direction which helps with my lacking photographic skills I suppose. Any willing photography teacher, please apply within!

Below are some of my photographs from my recent holiday. What do you think?

The Big Apple. New York City

The Soho Building. Soho, New York City

Parsons. Union Square, New York City.

Urban Jungle, view from The High Line.
Meat Packing District, New York City.

Salle Wilfred-Pelletier, Place des Arts. Montréal, Canada

Place des Arts. Montréal, Canada

Toronto Eaton Centre. Toronto, Canada


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