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Lock down life had me scratching my head for new recipes. As it turns out, cooking 1-2 meals daily is actually pretty tough work when you are also someone who values variety. So, inevitably, we arrived at confinement dishes category.

Today, I’m going to share a very simple yet deliciously wholesome dish with you – the traditional glutinous rice wine chicken.

some say this is confinement food
some say this is confinement food

This dish has two key ingredients that are deemed to be very good for postpartum recovery – ginger & sesame oil. But with chicken and also alcohol, everyone should really be able to enjoy this one-pot goodness regardless of your gender.

One thing to clarify, this is different from Fuchow wine chicken, a dish I haven’t tried creating yet, I shall try to get my hands on those fuchow red wine one of these days.

Anyway, here’s how this goes:

Ingredients:

  • 2 inches of ginger (older is better), cut into thin strips
  • yellow rice wine (glutinous rice wine)
  • black fungus (4-5 pieces), soak in water
  • shiitake mushroom (optional)
  • 2 quarter chicken (alternatively, half a chicken), cut into bite size
  • 2-3 tablespoon sesame oil
  • salt, pepper, soya sauce

glutinious rice wine, chicken, mushroom & fungus, ginger
glutinous rice wine, chicken, mushroom & fungus, ginger

Cooking instructions:

  • heat up sesame oil, preferably in a clay pot
  • fry ginger until fragrant
  • add chicken and brown all sides
  • add mushroom & fungus, then add about a cap full of rice wine to let chicken absorb the wine while pot is hot, stir for half a minute
  • add rice wine until just about covering all meat, close lid and simmer for 30-40 mins
  • serve while hot!

Hope you get to try to create this dish  and happy cooking!

Stay safe.