One of a very popular street food in Thailand is Kao Man gai or Hainanese Chicken with Rice.
I don’t often write about a traditional Thai dish but some time you just have a dish that is perfect that you think, I am not gonna mess around with it. This is that dish for me.
I might have cooked it slightly different but not enough for me to say that I have made a change to the dish at all. It is one of the easiest dish to make and I think it is pretty healthy too, if you forget about the chicken fat you use to cook the rice with. For my standard it is healthy. hehehe .
Kao Man Gai is originated from a Chinese dish. In Thailand we always served with 2 side accompaniments. You have the rice which is fried first in rendered chicken fat from your off cut. In my case I use the skins from the chicken. This adds a wonderful rich flavour to your rice and you are left with crunchy crackling and who does not like crackling?
1st accompaniment is the sauce. It is made with yellow beans, ginger, coriander and chilli. I find this sauce to be very versatile, I have it with everything even bacon sandwich. Yellow beans is the only ingredient in this sauce that can be difficult to find in your local supermarket and you might need to get to your local Asian shop for it. You need to get one that has no chilli in it preferably uncrushed.
Last but not least is the soup. We called this “Tom Jeed” unflavored soup. It is made from the stock you cooked your chicken in. I have added in few ingredients as I feel that it enhance the flavor of the chicken and the stock. Although the soup has not got much flavor in them it really adds to the dish when eaten together. You can use any vegetable in it or just have it plain.
Another thing you might notice in this recipe is I have use a mixture of 2 type of rice. This is because we would normally use old Jasmine rice but as I can not get them over here I find that by mixing Thai rice with long grain rice gives it the correct consistency I want the rice to be.
I hope you will like this dish as much as my family and I do.
Remember if you are unsure or have any question please do not hesitate to get in touch.