Teriyaki Chicken Rice (Inspired by the Changi Airport)

Serving 4 pax
Preparation Time 1 hr
Skill Intermediate

575g Japanese short grain rice
575ml Water
⅛ tsp Blue food colouring (or butterfly pea flower extract)*
¼ tsp Yellow food colouring (or turmeric)
60ml Japanese rice vinegar*
2 tbsp Sugar
½ tsp Salt

Teriyaki Chicken
2 tbsp Sugar
8 Chicken wings
3 tbsp Light soy sauce
200ml Water
3 tbsp Mirin

1 small floret broccoli, chopped
½ sheet Toasted Japanese seaweed
¼ Japanese cucumber
4 Cherry tomatoes
½ slice Soft processed cheese
½ Orange, cut decoratively
2 tbsp Roasted sesame sauce

*Available at your nearest FairPrice store.

  • Prepare the Rice
    1. Wash and cook the rice in the following portions:
      • White rice: 435g of rice, 435ml of water
      • Pastel blue rice: 70g of rice, 70ml of water, blue food colouring
      • Bright yellow rice: 70g of rice, 70ml of water, yellow food colouring
    2. Add rice vinegar, sugar and salt to a pot and heat just until sugar is completely dissolved. Allow to cool.
    3. Once rice is cooked, add in cooled vinegar solution.
  • Prepare the Teriyaki Chicken
    1. Fry sugar over medium heat for 8 minutes or until it becomes sticky and caramel-coloured. Glide chicken wings around pan until evenly coated. Add light soy sauce and water. Cover and let simmer for 15 minutes or until the sauce thickens.
    2. Add mirin and turn the wings over, then continue to cook for 3 minutes or until the sauce becomes sticky.
  • Decorating
    1. Steam the broccoli until soft.
    2. Shape the Japanese rice against the template to form the control tower and clouds. Wrap some rice in cling film and compress it lightly to form a ball, then shape into desired elements.
    3. To create ‘aeroplanes’, separate the drumlets, mid wings and wing tips. Use the mid wing as the body of the aeroplane, and the wing tips as the aeroplane wings. Use a toothpick to prop up the wing in the foreground. Cut out small cheese squares for windows.
    4. Cut the Japanese seaweed according to the template to add details to the control tower.
    5. Plate the ingredients to form the Changi Airport scene.

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