Khao Man Gai


In amongst any side of the road eateries there will be one stall selling Khao Man Gai.  It is presented as a rice dish with sliced chicken in top and a side dish of a boiling hot ‘soup’.  There will also be another very small dish of a very spicy sauce.  My local side of the road stall sells this for B. 30.

Chicken 1 whole
Coriander roots 2
Salt 1 tspn
White pepper to taste
Steamed rice 1 ½ cups
Coriander leaf as garnish
Small slice of winter melon

Cooking Method

Cook the chicken in water, add salt, white pepper and coriander roots until chicken is cooked.  Remove and when cool debone the chicken and thinly slice against the grain.

Cook rice in the standard rice cooker.  Jasmine rice is best.

Take the chicken broth and cook peeled, cubed winter melon until done.  Add white pepper and garnish with coriander leaves.

Scoop the rice onto a plate and arrange the chicken on top.  Garnish with coriander leaves and thinly sliced cucumber.  Serve with a small bowl of the winter melon broth.

If you want the spicy sauce, make this from bean sauce with pounded ginger and red chilli and soy sauce, though I believe it spoils the taste of the melon soup.