Sunday, March 4, 2012

Easy Chicken Stew-y Over Rice

Kao Rard Na Gai

It was a cloudy Sunday that we didn't feel like going out, just wanted to make it an easy at home kind of day, and that also mean making an easy food for the whole day as well.

So I decided to go with what we call a single dish ( Ar-Han-Jarn-Deaw)  in Thailand, when everything is put together in one plate or bowl, including rice, and are served in one single dish,  instead of an a la cart style, which is a common table for Thai dining.

Kao Rard Na Gai is a kid friendly kind of food -as well as for the grown-up like my hubby- the taste is light and comforting, and the important thing is it's so easy to make - nothing's complicated at all

Light shopping
- 1 nice size chicken breast, cut into small pieces.
- 1 cup bamboo shoot in a can, leave out the juice.
- 1/2 can of baby corn, cut into a bite size.
- mushroom, as much as you love them.
- a handful or more of green onion, cut into 1inch long.
- 3 cloves garlic, crushed.

- 2 tbsp. saute oil
- 3 tbsp oyster sauce ( if you prefer soy sauce, add sugar and a bit of salt for more round taste)
- chicken stock, as much as just to cover all the ingredients.
- a pinch of ground pepper.
- 1/4 cup corn starch mixed with water, make it a bit watery batter.

10 Minutes Done!

1. In a hot pan with saute oil, add garlic and saute until fragrant then add chicken, saute until all the pink meat have gone.

2. Add bamboo shoots, baby corns and chicken stock just to cover the ingredients. Let it reaches a full boil.

3. Add mushroom and start seasoning with oyster sauce (or soy sauce, sugar, salt). Turn the heat to medium, let it simmer for 3 minutes.

4. In goes, corn starch mixed (stir it up, if the starch is separated from the water)  little by little pour the batter into the pot as well as keep stirring so that the starch doesn't get into  lumpy. The sauce should have a stew-like consistency, you can add more corn starch mixed with water if the sauce's still too watery.

5. Taste it!...and adjust the taste if you like, and then add green onion, ground pepper, stir them together. Turn off the heat.

6. Serve it over steamed rice, and that's how we call a single dish..

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