Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Mark Bittman's Hainanese Chicken Rice with Ginger-Chile Sauce

Mark Bittman's Hainanese Chicken Rice with Ginger-Chile Sauce

Hainanese Chicken Rice
Ingredients & Prices
One 3-4 lb Chicken - @ 1.09/lb (BJs) - 4.55
1 t salt-$0.01
3 T roughly chopped garlic - $0.20
5 slices fresh ginger, peeled & smashed - $0.42
1/4 C peanut oil - $0.35 (FL)
3 shallots, roughly chopped - $1.75 (FL)
2 C long-grain rice - $0.38 (BJ's)
salt & black pepper to taste $0.02
2 T dark sesame oil - $0.40 (FL)
Ginger-Chile Sauce (See below)
2 Tomatoes, sliced - $1.66 (BJ's)
2 Cucumbers, peeled & sliced - $1.69 (FoodLion)
1/4 Cup minced scallion - I subbed green onions here - $0.45 (FL)
Chopped fresh cilantro leaves for garnish $0.04 (FL)
Not part of the recipe, but we added toasted sesame seeds, too. $0.10 (I don't remember where I got these)
$12.02

Ginger-Chile Sauce
Ingredients & Prices
6-10 Fresh Chiles - $1.22 (FL)
1 jalapeƱo, 1 cowhorn, 2 other green peppers
10 garlic cloves, peeled - $0.50
1/4 cup peeled & roughly chopped fresh ginger $0.84
1/4 C lime juice - $0.36
1 T sugar - $0.03
Salt to taste
$2.95

Total: $14.97

RANKINGS

We decided on a ranking system. We're rating Healthiness, Flavour, How fun it was to eat, Overall, and I'm adding a Prettiness rating. 10 is best, 1 is worst.

                         ME             HUSBAND                8yo              4yo               1yo            AVG

Healthiness     10                      10                          9                   9                   10             9.6

Flavour            8                        7                           8                   10                 10             8.6

Fun                   9                       4                           8                    8                   10            7.8

Prettiness         10                                                                                                             10

OVERALL       7                      6                          9                     1                    10            6.6

You'll notice the ranking's a little skewed by the 1 year old, but the craziness of the 4 year old kinda makes up for it. :)

Here's what the overall rankings mean:

1 - The husband will actually tell me please to not make it again.

2 - The husband just might actually say please to not make it again.

3 - The husband might say he doesn't like it in front of the kids.

4 - The husband will be sad if he had to eat it again.

5 - If the husband had to eat it again, he wouldn't object.

6 - The husband would like to eat it again.

7 - The husband may ask for it again.

8 - The husband will definitely ask for it again.

9 - The husband may ask for it again more than once.

10 - The husband will ask to have this regularly.




Notes: The kids didn't eat the chile sauce, I didn't even try, it was rather spicy. This was enough food for 2 adults and 3 kids for dinner, plus I saved the chicken legs and one person's worth for 1 adult, 2 young kids for lunch today. Overall, the price is okay, but this is not a budget meal by any stretch.

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