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)
6-10 Fresh Chiles - $1.22 (FL)
1 jalapeño, 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
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.