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Seasoned Chinese Steamed Rice

All the flavor, none of the fuss. This rice is made in one pan in the steam oven, with classic Chinese ingredients for a deeply savory dish. Just add a fried egg to turn it into dinner.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese, Western
Keyword: chinese steamed rice, chinese style rice, steam oven rice
Servings: 6
Calories: 294kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 tbs oil something neutral, sunflower is ideal
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 knob ginger 1-inch piece, grated
  • 1 onion small, finely chopped
  • 2 star anise whole
  • 2 tbs Chinese rice wine Shaoxing wine
  • 2 tbs oyster sauce
  • 1 tbs dark soy sauce
  • 3 cups light chicken stock 750ml or vegetable stock
  • 2 cups long grain rice 400g
  • 2 scallions green onions, sliced, to serve (optional)
  • pickled cucumber to serve, optional (see post for details)
  • pickled carrot to serve, optional (see post for details)
  • 6 eggs 1 egg per person, fried, to serve (optional)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 212°F/100°C, steam only setting (100% steam).
  • Put the oil, sesame oil, garlic, ginger, onion and star anise into a large stainless steel pan and give it a stir. Put in the oven for 5 minutes.
  • While the garlic, ginger and onions start cooking, mix the vinegar, oyster sauce, soy sauce, pepper and chicken stock together in a jug.
  • When the timer goes off, add the rice and stock mixture to the onion mixture. Give it all a stir and return to the oven for 20 minutes.
  • At the end of cooking, fluff the rice with a fork and allow to stand for 1-2 minutes before serving with scallions, pickled vegetables and a fried egg.

Notes

  1. This rice is adapted and simplified from one over at the wonderful Recipe Tin Eats blog, for one-pot Chinese chicken and rice. I’ve removed the chicken altogether, slightly adapted the ingredients and altered the method for steam oven cooking.
  2. If you don’t have or like oyster sauce, Nagi’s original recipe recommends hoisin sauce as a substitute, and that’s what I’d go with too. The flavor will be a little sweeter and spicier but it does give the depth you need.
  3. The Shaoxing wine, a staple Chinese ingredient, is something you may not have if you don’t cook much Asian food, but it’s worth seeking out a bottle. It’s readily available at Asian supermarkets or online, fairly inexpensive and keeps for a long time in the pantry. Shaoxing wine is a standard addition to many marinades and Chinese style dishes and I find myself pulling it out at least a couple of times a month. If you really can’t get it, 1 tablespoon of rice wine vinegar would be the closest substitute.

Nutrition

Calories: 294kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 372mg | Potassium: 233mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 41IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 1mg