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Archive for July, 2019

03
Jul

How to Make Your Own Chicken Rice

So you’ve had a taste of one of Singapore’s iconic dishes and are now tempted to make your own? Here is a really simple guide on how to make your own Hainanese Chicken Rice!

In cooking chicken rice, there are 3 main components: the chicken, the rice, and the sauce.

Chicken

Before anything else, you’ll have to clean the chicken. You can use a little salt to exfoliate the chicken and clean out dead skin and excess gunk. Then, your rinse all that salt off and dry.

The next thing to do is to season the chicken and put in some stuffing. The typical stuffing for the chicken includes spring onions, a bundle of pandan leaves and some small slices of ginger. You insert all these into the cavity of the chicken and use toothpicks to close it off and prevent the stuffing from falling out.

Then you take a pot and fill it with water enough to immerse the whole chicken in it. Using high heat, bring the water to a boil. Some soak the chicken and leave it immersed until the water boils, but there is also another way to do this. Once the water is boiling, you dunk the chicken a few times before actually leaving it in the water. Then, you cover the pot and lower the heat to keep a simmer for about 10 minutes.

While the chicken is cooking, prepare a bowl of ice water. After the chicken is done cooking, immediately move it to the ice bath you prepared. This process keeps the skin tight and firm.

Once done, remove the stuffing, chop the chicken into pieces and arrange on the serving plate.

Rice

Depending on how many people are eating, you should be able to determine how many cups of rice you’re going to cook with. You will then wash the rice to get rid of any dust and excess starch. Drain out the water and wash again 2 more times. Then, fill the bowl with water and leave it for 10-15 minutes.

Once that’s done, heat cooking oil in a wok or a pot over medium high heat.  When it gets hot enough, it’s time to put in the ginger and garlic. Make sure you won’t burn them though, so add the drained rice and mix well.

After a minute, you should then add some of the broth you used to boil the chicken with. Use a 1:1 ratio for the broth to equal how many cups of rice you’ve put. Then, turn the heat to low and let it cook for 15 minutes.

Finally, remove from the heat and let it sit for 5 more minutes.

Sauce

Chilli sauce is quite easy to make, though you’ll need a blender. Wash and cut the stalks off of a chilli padi and big chilli. Peel ginger and garlic. Add everything to a blender and let it blend well. And you’re done!

03
Jul

Health Benefits of Durians

Even though in Singapore (and many other countries), the durian is banned in all types of public transport for its smell, it’s not dubbed the King of Fruits for nothing. Despite people having negative opinions about the smell and sometimes the look of the durian, it actually has a lot of health benefits.

Here are only some of them:

Can help fight Anemia

Anemia is basically a condition that arises when the body does not have enough hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is a primary component in red blood cells and functions to bind oxygen to blood. Not having enough healthy red blood cells will mean that all the other cells of the body will not be supplied with oxygen. Folate, in this instance, is vital for the production of red blood cells. Durians contain a high amount of folic acid, so much that one serving already contains almost 20% of the required daily intake.

Improve cardiovascular health

Contrary to popular belief, durians will not increase cholesterol. In fact, durians contain 0 cholesterol! In addition, durian has fiber which can help reduce the bad cholesterol in the body. This means that it can help prevent the build-up of bad cholesterol in the cardiovascular system. It also contains potassium, which can help regulate blood pressure. This basically means that you’re keeping your heart healthy while also getting rid of any bad cholesterol before they can cause further damage.

Promotes healthy bones

Durians contain substantial amounts of calcium, potassium, magnesium, manganese and a lot more. All of which is known as essential minerals for the development of bones. They contribute to bone growth, strength, and durability. Despite calcium being the more abundant mineral in the bones, the potassium also helps to keep it in the bones so that it is not wasted or released onto the blood unnecessarily.

Possibly slows aging

The durian by nature has significant antioxidant properties all due to its mineral content. The antioxidants help relieve inflammations and can even help eliminate free radicals around the body. If you are “free” of free radicals, you might be able to slow down the development of wrinkles, hair loss, arthritis, and etc.

Is said to fight cancer

The antioxidants of the durian are also attributed to fighting cancer. Vitamin C, vitamin E, and vitamin B complex, for example, helps reduce stress on the organs caused by free radicals and excess waste in the body. These free radicals basically cause tumor growths and inflammations that will eventually lead to the production of more cancer cells. With the durian’s abundance in nutrients, minerals, and antioxidant properties, these free radicals will be cleaned away easily.

Can aid digestion

Durians also contain a significant amount of dietary fiber which is important for a healthy digestive system. It can help ease bowel movement because it stimulates the production of healthy digestive acid that can aid in the whole process of digesting food. This basically helps against diarrhea, constipation, and problems with the intestines.