Sunday, October 25, 2009

Yam/Taro Rice

I still have half of the yam left the other day from my Taro meatballs. So I decided to make some Yam Rice. I like this type of quick and easy all in one dish meal as you don’t really need to cook anything else. All you have to do is make a simple soup and it is a complete meal. The trick to make is good yam rice is to pre-fried the yam separately before adding it into the rice. This way the Yam won’t turn mushy or break up in the rice. For this dish I used Basmati rice as I find this type of rice give the dish a fluffier texture.


2 cups rice - washed and drained
250g yam - cut into ½” cubes
5 pcs dried mushrooms - soaked and sliced thinly
2 pieces chicken breast - sliced thinly and season with ½ tsp of salt and ¼ tsp pepper
2 cloves garlic - chopped
5 shallots - sliced thinly
1 tsp grated ginger
3 spring onions – cut small


2 tbsp oyster sauce
2 tbsp light soya sauce
1 tbsp sesame oil
1/2 tsp sugar or to taste
3 cups chicken stock/ water
1 tsp of black soy sauce
Salt and pepper to taste

1. Heat about ¼ cup of oil and fried the yam until lightly brown. Remove and set it aside. In the same oil, fry the shallots until lightly brown. Remove the shallot crisps and drain well. Set a side.
2. Remove the oil and leave about 4 tbsp in the wok. Sauté garlic and ginger until fragrant and lightly brown. Add in the chicken and mushroom, stir-fry for a minute. Add rice and seasoning. Stir-fry well.
3. Dish rice mixture into an electric rice cooker. Add water chicken stock/water and yam and cook rice as usual. Stand rice in cooker for 10 to 15 minutes before dishing out to serve.
4. Serve rice with a sprinkling of shallot crisps and spring onions.


AK said...

looks good.. yes, me too.. everything in 1 quick meal is best for me especially when work late. i used to cook chicken rice like those in claypot in electric rice cooker..

Quinn said...

Nice, nice!
Who won't like one dish meal.
I know how convenient they are since I'm a student and am always tight on schedule!

Shereen said...

Yam rice always remind me of my late mom.She loves yam rice and thus we would have it quite often.We would pair it with sambal belacan.Another way of having it is with steaming hot Bak kut teh,sliced chilli mixed with sweet soy sauce and light soy sauce....yum!

Zurin said...

That looks good. I love fried rice but Ive never put yam in. About time I try :)) tq for sharing.

Ju (The Little Teochew) said...

Love this! And it must smell really fragrant too! This is such a yummy one-dish meal :) Very well done!

Angie's Recipes said...

My mum used to cook something very similar too...topped with lots of fried scallions...yum yum

Dori said...

The rice look excellent! Great flavors in there :)

My Asian Kitchen said...

wu tau fan!! what a great combination!! love anything wt taro!!

Christelle said...

I've never cooked taro, this dish sounds delicious :)) I had it as a taro cake before though and loved it :)

pigpigscorner said...

Looks delicious! My grandma used to cook this for us, she puts dried shrimps in too!

Little Corner of Mine said...

I cooked it once, I used dried shrimps too.

Anonymous said...

Am a great fan of yours and always reading your recipes. Like the idea of using Basmati rice here but do you have to soak it beforehand? Thanks from Jessie

Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover said...

I like to cook this too, one dish meal especially during weekend, quick and tasty. Sometime I add some long bean too.

3 hungry tummies said...

oh my childhood favourite!!! must harvest some yam for this soon.

ICook4Fun said...

AK, I too like this kind of meal :)

Quinn, this will be great for busy student like you.

Shereen, my mom too like to cook this with sambal udang kering. But you know I lah the smell might make Carlos pengsan :)

Zurin, this is not fried rice but a bit more like Briyani rice.

Little Teochew, thank you.

Angie, I guess this is something our mom like to cook for us when they are busy.

Meeso, thank you.

Lesley, me too :)

Christelle, if you like taro cake you might like this too :)

ICook4Fun said...

Pigpig, it taste good too with dried shrimps.

LCOM, I don't have dried shrimps so I replace it with chicken.

Jessie, thank you for your support. No, I didn't soak the rice.

Sonia, my mom used to add long beans to it too :)

3 Hungry tummies, you plant your own yam?

3 hungry tummies said...

yeah got a few plants growing, and ginger, galangal and tumeric and yes a curry plant! :)

ICook4Fun said...

3 hungry tummies, how nice that you can plant all these at your back yard.