Content of the material
- Buying Guide and chicken rice soup Recommendations for 2022
- Chinese Rice Soup Add-ins
- Rice Soup Add-Ins
- Rinse Rice
- Helpful tips for making Chicken and Rice Soup
- How to make Fried Rice
- Actions to disguise the ongoing smell
- Pot Pourri smell
- Freshly baked smell
- Fresh coffee smell
- Finally, did you know…
- What to serve with Chinese Rice Soup
- What can I use instead of oyster sauce?
- Types of Green Tea Broth You Can Use for Ochazuke
- How to Never Have Burnt Rice Again
Buying Guide and chicken rice soup Recommendations for 2022
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Chinese Rice Soup Add-ins
This is the part that’s entirely customisable. I’ve just used choy sum and fish, both of which are low effort to prep plus super-quick to chop. Plus green onion to add a touch of freshness at the end.
See below for an extensive list of alternatives. Basically, anything that’s blanch-able!
Rice Soup Add-Ins
These are the add-ins I used, but see below for a rather extensive list of alternatives. I did say this was a flexible recipe!!
Fish – I like using fish because it drops juice that adds extra flavour into the broth, plus it’s super quick to cook and requires no seasoning prior to use. You can use virtually any fish here – white fish fillets, salmon, trout. For white fish, firm-fleshed fish are ideal, such as:
cod (all types)
ling (this is what I used)
Fish best avoided include:
Fish that easily goes dry if cooked too long – tuna, bonito, swordfish, marlin, kingfish
Very oily fish – sardines, mullet, herring, mackerel (too strongly flavoured for this soup)
Delicate-textured white fish – flathead, gemfish/hake, sole (not ideal as they can break up easily, but are still OK if you’re careful)
Choy sum – this is a Chinese vegetable which is widely available here in Australia. The stem has a juicy bite to it like soft celery and the leaf is similar to spinach but it’s not as fine. Quick to chop and cook. Any other Chinese vegetable will be an ideal substitute – or other vegetables that can be simmered; and
Green onion – for a sprinkle of freshness at the end.
First, rinse the rice under cold water by gently scrubbing the rice with your fingertips in a circling motion.
Then, pour out the milky water, and continue to rinse until the water is clear. Ensure to drain really well to ensure the water-to-rice ratio is accurate.
*Pro Tip: Don’t skip this step as it helps get rid of excess starches on the surface and prevents the rice in becoming gluey.
Helpful tips for making Chicken and Rice Soup
- Cut your veggies in small uniform bites so they cook evenly and so that there is a variety of vegetables in your soup spoon when you eat it.
- I love to use already cooked rotisserie chicken. They are delicious and available at almost all grocery retailers and warehouse stores like Sams and Costco.
- If you want to kick the seasonings up a notch or two consider adding 1/8 teaspoon of ground cayenne pepper or 1/4 teaspoon Cajun seasoning.
- Add the spices at the same time as the garlic. It helps to cook them with a little bit of the fat from the butter to keep them from simply floating to the top.
- Minced garlic burns easily so reduce your heat, cook for about one minute and stir constantly. Burnt garlic is bitter and does not taste good.
- Remove your bay leaves before serving as they are stiff and have sharp edges
- For an extra special treat serve with homemade Ciabatta Bread. You will love it.
- This recipe is perfect for leftover rice and/or chicken.
How to make Fried Rice
Start by heating 1 tablespoon of butter into a large skillet. Add the eggs and scramble until fully cooked. Remove them from the pan and set aside. Add the remaining tablespoon of butter into the pan. Add carrots and onion to the pan and cook until tender, 3-4 minutes. Stir in garlic and cook for an additional minute. Add in the cold rice and peas and sauté for 3-4 minutes. The rice should brown up a bit. Add the eggs back to the pan and stir in soy sauce, oyster sauce and sesame oil. Cook for 1-2 minutes to heat through. Serve immediately with green onions for garnish, if desired.
Actions to disguise the ongoing smell
As the smell fades, you can replace it with a warmer sweeter one.
If the smell isn’t too bad, but still lingering ( remember you will be more acutely aware of this than anyone else ! ), then you can trick the brain by providing a different, stronger, and nicer alternative to smell.
Pot Pourri smell
Mix a milder citrus and spice to create a nice room smell, e.g. heat up in water, some orange peel with a stick of cinnamon. Leave it in a bowl all day, so that the room gets that nice sweet spicy warm smell of oranges and cinnamon.
Freshly baked smell
Essentially you are pretending bake some yummy cookies. Preheat the oven to a bout 100°C / 180°F , then turn it off again. Put some foil or parchment paper on your baking tray and sprinkle sugar ( brown ) and cinnamon ( and any other spice you like to smell ) Put a large knob (1 Tblspn ) of butter in the middle and leave it all baking slowly and gently for a few hours then turn the oven off and you can leave it all in there for several hours more. This is trick estate agents use to make a house feel nice and inviting for potential buyers!
Fresh coffee smell
Also a trick that real estate agents use. Put the coffee on ! Start grinding coffee beans, or percolate coffee to create that fresh coffee smell.
Finally, did you know…
Burnt toast smells can be used to get rid of other cooking smells that are lingering. So, if you have some other smell to get rid of ( e.g. a curry smell), if you burn a slice of toast deliberately then this will cover up and absorb the other smell. It won’t take too long for the burnt toast smell to disappear afterwards.
What to serve with Chinese Rice Soup
This soup as written is a bit light on the vegetables so by all means, feel free to increase the vegetable quota by adding more greens.
What can I use instead of oyster sauce?
If you can’t find oyster sauce or simply don’t have it in your pantry you can substitute hoisin sauce or try and make your own oyster sauce. Here is a great recipe for diy oyster sauce!
Types of Green Tea Broth You Can Use for Ochazuke
You can use various kinds of green tea such as Genmaicha, Sencha, Hojicha, etc to make Ochazuke. However, when you order Ochazuke in Japanese restaurants, it is typically made with dashi broth instead of green tea.
The Ochazuke served with green tea tends to be bland and relies on salty toppings to add flavors. But with good dashi, the dish can be very flavorful even with just a few simple toppings.
You can also make it with cold tea or broth in summer time.
How to Never Have Burnt Rice Again
I must use a large frypan to make traditional Indian saffron rice and my Spanish yellow rice recipe (to gently heat the aromatic spices). If I’m making plain rice, however, I avoid the risk of burning by using a clay pot.
Clay pot cooking is an ancient tradition that dates back millennia. It differs from cooking in other materials such as ceramic or stainless steel because the clay is a porous material. This helps to better retain moisture, flavor, and nutrition. It also cooks at a lower temperature so burning rice or any other food cooked in it is very difficult.
In addition to intensely flavorful food (compared with the bland, somewhat boiled taste of food cooked in a crockpot), the moist clay combined with the double lid design of an electric clay pot creates a micro pressure environment which allows for much-improved cooking efficiency. This means you save electricity and time. In fact, clay pot cooking can have your meal ready in up to half the time compared with using other slow cookers. And, the clay pot will stop cooking the rice at the right time and keep it warm without burning until you are ready to serve.
Now you know not only how to fix burnt rice, but how to avoid it in the first place! Psst. it works for wild rice too!