Thursday, August 28, 2008

Nasi Tim Ayam Jamur - Indonesian Steamed Rice with Chicken and Mushrooms

It was just yesterday when I gushed and marvelled at how I love participating in blog events. The day hasn't ended yet, I looked at my calendar, with scribbles of food names reminding me of the blog events I was dying to join, and I realized that there are too many events, too little time. Mind you, I don't always scribble everything down, if you look at the number of events I've bookmarked under my "Food Blog Events" folder in my is much much worse (the size of the folder is wayyyyyy bigger than the size of my work related folders all combined. LOL).

I like joining events which are doable enough for me. That rules out joining super challenging baking events. Not only because I suck at baking (big time!), but also because I do not have the energy struggling to attempt yet another baking disaster, especially on weekdays hehe.

Normally, I like doing my blog event assignments on weekends, when I can leisurely enjoy shopping for materials, taking my time whisking stuff while watching TV, surviving failures and disasters, and bending myself out of whack all around my flat to get better pictures while barking instructions at poor lil' sous chef. HAHA!

However, judging from the number of items pitifully scribbled under 31 August, and looking at the number of completed events I've posted. Plus the numbers of weekends I lost to August birthday celebration buffets, I had to sacrifice a day of exercising (ahhh...another LAME excuse to escape exercise) to accomplish this dish I've promised my good blogging pals, Ayin and Deetha.

Nasi Tim Ayam Jamur - Indonesian Steamed Rice with Chicken and Mushrooms

Of course, whenever I am under extreme time pressure, the culinary murphy's law happens upon me, totally expected and predictable! (The universe, or whoever it was, you need to do better next time! Do the exact opposite for mushroom's sake!)

I needed either fresh shiitake, button or straw mushrooms, and of course, they were nowhere to be found! HAHA! So I had to get an expensive teeny tiny bowl of other mushrooms instead, which took forever to clean! To top it off, my air con was leaking like hell (it's like I was having a mini tropical storm at my very own home!), I had to line up a bucket, a mixing bowl, and a huge colander to tackle the water!

and still, the floor was wet, and when I was super excitedly walking to the kitchen to check out my rice, I slipped, did a little dance in the air, and my right butt cheek landed flat on the floor, my left ankle hit a sharp edge of the wall, my right wrist hit the floor hard! I either scared the crap outta my sous chef or amused the heck outta him. LOL! SC asked if I'd be pissed if he took pictures, I guess I might have...but came to think of it...too bad he didn't, eh? That would've been one heck of a picture! HAHA!

The chicken

- 2 boneless chicken thigh fillet, remove excess fat, cut into cubes, leave some skin for moisture
- 1 pack of mushrooms (whichever mushroom is available lol)
- 4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
- 2 cm ginger, crushed
- dark soy sauce, oyster sauce, sweet soy sauce, salt, pepper, sugar, shaoxing wine, sesame oil, chinese five spice powder, corn starch, olive oil

Marinate chicken pieces with a bit of dark soy, sesame oil, sugar and 1 tbsp corn starch while preparing for other materials. Saute garlic and ginger in hot olive oil, add chicken pieces, cook for a while, add sauces bit by bit according to your taste. The dominant flavors are garlic and dark soy with a touch of sweetness, the rest of the flavors should be mild

The rice
- 2 cups of rice
- 250ml chicken stock
- water
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tsp sugar
- a dash of sesame oil
- 1 cm ginger, crushed
- 1 clove of garlic, finely sliced

Arrange some of the cooked chicken at the bottom of rice cooker (I didn't use all the chicken pieces, I left some to be served with the rice later), add rice, add chicken stock, add water (up to the required level), add sesame oil, soy sauce, pepper, sugar, ginger, garlic, mix a bit. Cook until rice is done, add some of the separated chicken into the bottom of a small bowl, add rice, pressed, serve onto a plate, garnish with chopped spring onion, fried shallot flakes, and some sweet soy sauce.

The soup
- 250 ml chicken stock
- 1 silk squash, peeled and cut into bite size chunks (optional, you can other other vegetables)
- water
- 1 cm ginger, crushed
- 1 clove of garlic, crushed
- olive oil, salt, pepper, sugar

- a bit of finely chopped spring onion and fried shallot flakes for garnish

Saute ginger and garlic in olive oil, add silk squash, add chicken stock, add water if you want more soup, bring to boil, cook until the vegetables are cooked through, season, garnish, serve.

All disasters aside, I had a lot of fun and we ended up having a fan-bloody-tastic meal. The chicken was tasty and tender, the rice was rich and fragrant, the silk squash was sweet. It was pretty close to what I had back home in Indo, if not better, HAHA!

I went through a lot doing this one, so I could sing it song of praises if I wish to. Dammit!


Lina said...

mmmmmmmm your rice looks soooooooo good! I love blog events too but I havent been able to participate in very many.

elsye said...

ritaaaaa...segone ayuuuu, aku yoo ngiler dewe, punya ku wes entek...:P...

bagiiii....btw, itu jadwal event :P..weess emang toppppp rita iki saluutt

A.G said...

mak nyoss tenan Rit... ;)

sido melu sasi ngarep rak ? Soto Banjar.. :) browsing resep sek.. syeger lho soto aku wes gæ soale :D

deeTha said...

wakakakak...rajin temen nyateti jadwal,Rit?! sip tenan ancene.
tp kok yo ono acara kepleset barang... hihi
sasi ngarep postinge tgl.25 sept yoo..catet.. :P

kittie said...

The thing with blog events is that end of the month guilt.... when you realise that 10 events you want to enter are all completing on the same day... and you only have time to do one!

I am loving this rice dish though - tasty, gorgeous comfort food!!!

tigerfish said... looks like steamed Loh Mai Gai (dim sum savory glutinous rice)....such a nice presentation you have, plus that little "cup" of soup?

Hope you did not mistakingly take the stainless steel bowl of water to cook something? :P

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

That dish looks particularly delicious! A great combination of flavors!



Lidia Sianturi said...

waaaaa...super busy lady!
How can you manage juggling between your activities and personal life?
niwei...the rice looks good...

Lain kali ati2 ya non...

Ning said...

Rita, I hope you are feeling better now. Good food cures all pain? :) Your rice looks so yuuummy!!!

CECIL said...

yummy!!! i love anything garlicky. love your presentation too! with the soup and all. the soup sounds so good!

Fearless Kitchen said...

This looks delicious. I really appreciate how well you've broken down the different components to the recipe.

Pam said...

You crack me up... what a night! Your dinner looks fabulous - it was worth all the bruises and scrapes.

Manggy said...

I love that you actually wrote down "Aaaack!" You've suddenly turned into Cathy :P

I hope your butt is okay!

The dish looks delicious! I just drool thinking of the chicken in the spicy sauce with sweet soy sauce!

Dwiana's kitchen said...

inget di indo, makan ini nasi Tim ayam. sedap!!
I really want to join with this event but my mood of cooking has gone lately:(

Nate-n-Annie said...

Ouch, hope you didn't hurt yourself too bad with that fall.

With so many food blog events going on, and more created every month, how do you choose which ones to enter?

Kevin said...

That looks tasty and I like the presentation! I have a hard time keeping up with all of the blog events. There are so many good ones.

Ti said...

Yummy... untung aku ngak ikutan kepleset waktu bikinnya Jeng, hehe..

daphne said...

That looks sooo delicious. It reminds me of "lo mai kai"

Mochachocolata Rita said...

thanks for the comments, guys!

@lina: yeah sometimes the events got out of hand...wanted to join them all, but no time :)

@elsye: hahaha jadwal amburadullll

@ayin & deetha: wah soto banjar rasane terlalu challenging buat aku...lemezzzzzz

@kittie: totally! and some won't let us post all in one :)

@tigerfish: i hope not...the dripping water is blueish...from the chemical hahaha

@rosa & fearless kitchen & daphne: glad you like it ;)

@ning & pam: amen!

@cecil: the silk squash added the extra sweetness it needed :)

@manggy: the butt's ok, but my ankle and wrist...whoaaa bruisedddd. aack!

@dwi: ini lagi rajin aja, abis ini rasanya malesnya kumat haha

@N&A: i choose the ones which are doable for me...or the ones hosted by friends (i'd do everything i could to support their events)

@kev: tell me about it!

@ti: iya neh, aku musti ati2 hehehe

Shinta said...

wow... rapi banget schedule events-nya sampe dicatat di kalender. Tp jadi organized well ya?!
Btw, cakep deh nasi tim-nya :) Bulan depan ikut lagi yuuk...

Sharon said...

Nasi Tim is one of my favorites!! Sorry you fell but its something that would certainly happen to me as well :)

Beachlover said...

your chicken rice jamur look good!!..make me drooling!!

noobcook said...

Hee so I am not the only one who keeps a calendar of food blog events? =x But I always ended up only participating in one or two a month, haaa... Love the food presentation ... can I have a plate ;)

Dragon said...

Cooking events are always a valid excuse to avoid exercising. I'll even write you a note. :)

This dish looks so exquisite. My mouth is watering just looking at it. Great entry!

KC said...

Chicken and rice is always good and your dish is a winner!