Delicious with sticky glutinous rice, it’s equally tasty with jasmine rice. Recreate Ching-He’s family dish, passed down by her grandmother, in your own home
- 2tbsp groundnut oil
- 1tbsp freshly grated root ginger
- 3 shallots, finely chopped
- 3 dried Chinese mushrooms, pre-soaked in hot water for 20 mins, drained and finely chopped
- 225g/8oz skinless chicken breast fillets, finely diced
- 1tbsp Shaohsing rice wine or dry sherry
- 1tsp five-spice powder
- 1tbsp dark soy sauce
- 50g/2oz dry-roasted peanuts
- 300g/11oz cooked jasmine rice or glutinous rice
- 3-4tbsp light soy sauce
- 1-2tbsp toasted sesame oil
- Ground white pepper
- 1 spring onion, finely chopped
Heat a wok or pan over a high heat and add the groundnut oil. Add the ginger, shallots and Chinese mushrooms and cook for a few seconds.
Add the chicken and cook for a minute or two, then add the rice wine or sherry followed by the five-spice powder. As the chicken starts to turn white, add the dark soy sauce.
Add the peanuts and then the rice, mix well and stir-fry for 1 min.
Season with the light soy sauce, sesame oil and pepper to taste and stir to mix. Finally, stir in the spring onion, transfer to a serving dish and serve immediately.
The authentic version of this recipe with glutinous rice gives a wonderful sticky texture, but the rice is not readily available in supermarkets, which is a shame. If you visit a Chinese supermarket, do look out for it. When cooked using glutinous ric), this chicken fried rice dish can be quite like 'You fan' (oiled rice) and may also remind you of the rice wrapped in lotus leaf or bamboo leaf you get as a dim sum.