If you're looking for a simple chicken dish you can prepare during the Chinese New Year period, this chicken with Chinese rice wine and old ginger will do the trick. Served with a bowl of rice, this will be a nice, comforting dish after all the feasting from the CNY reunion dinner.
This is also a hugely popular confinement dish, whereby mothers (post-natal) would eat this for 30 days. This dish is good for expelling wind, helping blood circulation and is good for body recuperation (believed to be able to speed up womb recovery). Not only women love this, men do too - I've heard stories of friend's husbands stealing bites from their wife during their confinement.
Chinese rice wine is known as 米酒, usually homemade and is golden brown in colour (the shade is similar to honey). If you cannot get hold of Chinese rice wine, you can substitute with ginger wine. For this dish, you can use your choice of chicken meat - we used a combination of both breast and chicken drumstick. Try to use kampung chicken (if making as confinement dish) otherwise any other type of chicken is fine. Personally, we like the sauce to be more concentrated, but if you like more sauce, you can use 100ml water and 250ml of Chinese rice wine. Soy sauce is a no-no during confinement, otherwise you can serve this dish with minced garlic, chilli and soy sauce condiment.
Chicken with chinese rice wine and old ginger
Recipe by Baby Sumo
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
400g chicken, cut into chunks (I used a mix of chicken drumstick and breast)
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
100g old ginger, julienned
1 shallot, finely chopped
3 tbsp sesame oil
150ml Chinese rice wine
1/2 tsp salt
1. In a large wok, heat sesame oil over high heat. Add garlic, shallot and ginger and cook for 2 minutes, until fragrant.
2. Add the chicken and cook for 2 minutes, and the chicken has browned slightly. Add water and cook with cover on for 3 minutes.
3. Then, pour in the Chinese rice wine and place the cover back on and cook for a further 5 minutes (or more depending on how big your chicken chunks are).
4. Season with salt and serve immediately with some garlic with cili padi and soy sauce. Good with rice.
* I am submitting this post to Chinese New Year Delights 2013 hosted by Sonia aka Nasi Lemak Lover.