An absolute universal pantry staple and definitely in your cupboard is one of the most common forms of carbohydrates- rice. To us Asians, a meal isn’t complete without a bowl of rice! We eat it almost everyday and for nearly every meal but mostly cooked separate and served with side dishes. As the first item in our What’s In Your Cupboard series, we will be showing you 3 easy Asian rice dishes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!
These recipes are easy rice dishes with just a few ingredients needed and are suitable for kids too.
Breakfast: Crabmeat Tamago Onigirazu
We used white rice for all three dishes, but you can use any type of rice that you prefer. Just be sure to adjust the amount of water needed to cook the rice accordingly.
Let’s start with the first meal of the day.
Breakfast: Crabmeat Tamago Onigirazu
Onigirazu is a Japanese rice sandwich wrapped in seaweed or nori and shaped into a flat rectangle. Not to be confused with Onigiri with is a rice ball shaped into a triangle.
This rice sandwich is a perfect breakfast to start the day as it is not too heavy and colourful, making it suitable for kids as well.
Begin with preparing the rice. Cook the rice in the rice cooker as per normal.
Mix apple cider vinegar, sugar, and salt in a pan over low heat so that the sugar and salt will dissolve. Then pour the mixture over the rice and mix well.
This will flavour the rice with a nice tart and sweetness.
Now we will cook the crabmeat tamago.
Beat the eggs with a tablespoon of mirin. If you don’t have mirin, you can replace it with ¼ teaspoon of sugar. Then sieve the mixture so that your eggs will be smooth and silky.
Heat some oil in a tamagoyaki pan on low heat and add half of the eggs. Let it cook until it is firm on the bottom but still runny on the top. Add some shredded crab meat and carefully roll the egg up. Repeat this step again with the rest of the eggs and crab meat.
To assemble the onigirazu, first prep your table by laying a large piece of cling wrap. Also prepare a bowl of water beside you to dampen your hands so that it is easier to handle the sticky rice.
Lay a piece of seaweed or nori over the cling wrap and scoop 80grams of the seasoned rice onto it. With your damp hands, spread the rice out evenly, then place the crabmeat tamago in the centre.
Spread some mayonnaise over the tamago and add some shredded cucumber or any shredded ingredient that you prefer.
Add another 60 grams of rice over the cucumber then press down gently to compress the fillings.
To wrap the onigirazu, pick up opposite corners of the cling wrap and to bring the seaweed over the filling. Close the seaweed corners over each other then repeat with the remaining two corners. Use the cling wrap to wrap up the onigirazu neatly and press to compress it into a square.
This Crabmeat Onigirzau is delicious with a combination of sweet from the crabmeat and savoury from the seaweed and eggs. The seasoned rice also lends a sweet tart flavour that makes it more appetizing! All nicely wrapped in cling wrap, you can take this along with you as a snack or breakfast on the go anytime.
Lunch: Rice Cooker Sesame Oil Chicken Rice.
To most of us, a rice cooker is meant to only cook rice. But as a cooking appliance, the rice cooker can be used to cook plenty of other foods, even a full meal!
Thus, it only makes sense that it be featured in our 3 easy Asian rice dishes series.
That is what Leslie Koh A.K.A the Rice Cooker Man found out during the Circuit Breaker period and he has created plenty of easy and delicious rice cooker recipes since then. You can read more about his culinary rice cooker journey here or follow him on Facebook for more recipes.
For lunch, we are featuring one of Leslie’s rice cooker recipes that is a yummy Chinese classic- Sesame Oil Chicken Rice.
Start with marinating the chicken with sesame oil, pepper, oyster sauce, and light soy sauce. Let it marinate for at least 20 minutes or more.
Next, assemble all the ingredients into the rice cooker.
Place the washed rice as the base, then place the marinated chicken in the middle and scatter the dried mushrooms, scallops, and carrots around the chicken.
Add the water used to soak the dried scallops and mushrooms into the rice cooker then put it to cook as per normal.
And that’s it! Such a quick and easy recipe that you can double or triple based on how many servings you need.
The chicken and rice is cooked perfectly and everything is fragrant with the smell of sesame oil. We can’t get over how delicious and easy it is!
If you liked this recipe, you can check out our Rice Cooker Lap Mei Fan recipe here.
Dinner: Din Tai Fung Egg Fried Rice with Prawns
What’s an easier way to make rice delicious than frying it with some eggy goodness? Egg fried rice is a dish that is beloved by all and here to stay.
There are many recipe variations of egg fried rice so we have chosen one of the best recipes- Spice N Pans’ Din Tai Fung Egg Fried Rice with Prawns!
Spice N Pans’ is a local Singapore cooking YouTube Channel run by couple, Roland and Jamie. They have many delicious recipes of local South East Asian fare and more so do check out their channel here.
Spice N Pans’ version of the popular Din Tai Fun Egg Fried Rice with Prawns is well seasoned, and they also provide cooking tips so that you’ll get a perfect restaurant quality meal every time! Read on to find out these valuable tips!
Start with preparing the prawns to make them crunchy and fresh.
Fill a bowl with enough water to cover the prawns and mix sugar and baking soda into it. Add the prawns and ice to the bowl then let it sit in the fridge for 30 minutes.
The trick is to keep the prawns cold so that they will be crunchy later!
Make sure to rinse the prawns before cooking.
Before frying the rice, we’ll cook the prawns first.
Heat some oil in a pan and fry the prawns for 1-2 minutes on each side or until they are 80% done. Remove from the heat and set aside.
Add more oil to the pan and add the eggs. Scramble the eggs until they are 80% done then add in the cooked rice. Be sure to break up the clumps of rice and coat each grain with the eggs by mixing well.
It is best to use overnight rice as it is drier and will fry up nicely!
Once the rice is nicely coated, add the chicken stock powder, salt, and light soy sauce and mix well.
The rice is ready when they start “jumping” around in the wok. This “jumping” means that the rice has been fried dry.
Add the pepper and chopped spring onions to the rice and stir fry for 1 minute. Lastly, add the prawns and cook for another minute and it is ready!
We love how flavourful the rice is and the texture of the prawns! Din Tai Fung is notorious for long waiting times but now you can skip the queue and whip up their signature dish in just 30 minutes.
How wonderful is that?
If you can't get enough of egg fried rice, check out our recipe for Superior Pork Chop Egg Fried Rice here!
We hope you have enjoyed these 3 easy Asian rice dishes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner as much as we did. For more common pantry food recipes, be sure to follow our What’s In Your Cupboard series for more episodes.
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