My love for this dish goes way back, a family favourite since I can remember… my own kids now crave it too… the weather has turned… we all feel like some comfort food.
The whole chicken is submerged and poached in a pot of salted water, and this poaching liquid is then used to make a soup broth and cook the rice. The chicken is removed, and sesame oil is added, then it is deboned with precision to be presented on a platter.
The broth continues to boil with all the chicken goodness and the addition of spring onions, rice wine, and Chinese winter melon, a soft and tender squash-like vegetable that absorbs all the delicious flavours when cooked. The jasmine rice is cooked in the poaching liquid, too, and lots of ginger, garlic, and sesame oil to give it a next-level flavour.
This combination of cold poached chicken, ginger garlic rice, steaming hot winter melon soup, along with the selection of 3 sauces, ginger and spring onion, chilli sauce, and sweet soya, is just ridiculously delicious. This is one you need to try!