For 10 eaters
- a chicken, if you’re rich, buy an organic one, but a frozen one from the Tier-KZ will do. (Squeeze a tear for the poor animal, tortured by our desperate, industrialized society. Thanks. You can smile again.)
- 750g Black rice (you get it from the Thai) or, if not at hand, brown rice (unmilled, nutty flavor). Not the normal, parboiled rice, not risotto, basmati or what else..
- 2 bell peppers
- 3-4 scallions
- oriental spices (see below)
- Soy Sauce (a lot)
Put the chicken in a pot, cover with water, add some more water, as we need a lot of liquid. Do not add salt! Bring to a boil, let cook for 2 hours, more if you like.
Remove the chicken, let cool.
Bring the broth to a boil again, add some soy sauce, but don’t make it as salty as you normally would do, as we want to add salty soy sauce later to the salad. Add rice, cook rice until done. Don’t let it get to soft, a slight crunch is welcome here. Strain, but keep the remaining broth! Let the rice cool.
Dice the bell pepper, cut the scallions in half, lengthwise, and chop it into half rings.
De-bone the chicken, chop the good stuff coarsely. Take the leftovers and FEED THE FUCKING CAT ! (which is whining for two hours now). In lack of a cat, cover leftovers with water, let simmer for hours and make another serving of broth for future use.
Mix the pepper, scallion and rice (not the chicken yet). Add some oil and a lot of soy sauce. Make an oriental spice mix. This is fun, don’t us premade stuff:
Into a mortar and pestle put:
add coarse salt and grind finely.
Add the spice mix to the rice salad. How much? You almost cannot put to much into it, but if you’re a… chicken-hearted kind of cook, add the spice mix in portions.
Thoroughly mix the salad. Use your hands, this is the most fun in cooking.
Taste. Tastes like shit? This is normal, use MUCH more soy sauce, put oil into the salad (neutral, no olive oil or stuff), mix again. To dry? Add broth. Still not perfect? Add more spices. Not satisfied yet? Wait. Let the salad rest for a while, mix again. Add more broth (as the rice soaked it in), maybe a little more soy sauce. In the process, when you come near satisfaction, add the chicken. Don’t do it to early, as you don’t want to have the chicken pieces get to stringy..
When in doubt, let someone else taste, he will tell you it’s perfect, as you loose your perspective with all the strong spices. Don’t panic, everyone will love it!