Prep 24 hrs
Cook 1 hr
This recipe is posted by request for soups for a Hawaiian-themed dinner party. I thought this sounded interesting, and the ingredients are easy to find (many may already be on-hand). Hot deep-fried rice balls are added to a simple chicken soup; the recipe (a Chinese soup by way of Honolulu, Hawaii) is originally from The Complete Book of Soups and Stews and was found on the Epicurean Online site. I haven't personally tried it, but it sure sounds like the type of off-the-wall thing I'd attempt in the future. ;o) Last note: start the rice a day ahead unless you're using microwave directions.
- 1 cup long grain rice (not converted)
- 1 cup water
- 1 whole chicken breast, skinned,boned and cut into julienne strips
- 3 tablespoons cornstarch
- 3 tablespoons water
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 6 cups chicken stock
- 2 cups shredded fresh watercress or 2 cups lettuce or 2 cups spinach
- 1⁄2 cup finely chopped green onion
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- vegetable oil (for deep frying)
- Rice: This step is done the night before, or 1 hour before if the rice is to be dried in a microwave oven; in a large saucepan or Dutch oven combine rice and water over high heat.
- Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat to medium and cook 10 minutes then reduce heat to low and cook an additional 30 minutes WITHOUT removing lid.
- The crusty rice around the sides and bottom will stick to the pan and will be used in the soup.
- Take off the top layer of soft rice and reserve for another use.
- Lift out the crusty rice and place on a cookie sheet to dry at room temperature, or place in a glass baking dish in a microwave oven for 10 minutes on low.
- The soup: Toss the strips of chicken breast with 1 tablespoons of the cornstarch and set aside.
- In a small container combine remaining 2 tablespoons cornstarch with water and soy sauce.
- Heat chicken stock just to boiling then stir in soy mixture and chicken and simmer for 5 minutes.
- Add the shredded greens, onions and sesame oil, if desired.
- Keep the soup hot (but not boiling) while frying rice.
- Heat oil to 375 degrees F in a deep fryer or heavy saucepan and fry rice 3 to 5 minutes until puffed and lightly browned, being careful because it can burn quickly.
- Lift rice out of the oil with a slotted spoon.
- Drain the rice on paper towels and place in heated tureen or bowls, pour in the soup and serve at once.
- Or, hot fried rice balls can be dropped into individual servings of hot soup, creating a"sizzling" sound.
- Additional fried rice may be passed during the course.
- Any crispy rice left over is delicious used in salads or eaten out of hand.
- The preparation needs planning to assure that both the soup and the rice are brought to the table at the same moment.
- It takes a little doing, but well worth the effort.
This rating is for the soup only, as I didn't prepare the rice recommended and instead used Crispy Rice for Sizzling Rice Soup (Crispy Rice for Sizzling Rice Soup). However, the soup was fantastic. The flavors were simple and it was an easy addition to out Asian-themed meal on a very cold day. I used spinach in the soup and forgot to add the sesame oil, but everyone cleaned their bowls and some even had seconds.