Friday, April 24, 2009
Maze Gohan with South East Asian Flavorings
Maze Gohan is a low calorie alternative to fried rice. Basically if you have some cooked rice you can flavor it and mix it with anything and it's what the Japanese would call Maze Gohan.
This Maze Gohan features South East Asian flavors and Chinese sausages.
3 Cups Cooked Jasmin Rice (volume after it's been cooked)
2 Toasted Red Chili Peppers (chop these up finely)
1 Tsp Sichuan Peppercorn Salt
2 Tbsp Toasted Sesame Seeds (ground in a mortar so that some of it is crushed to release flavors)
4 Tbsp Toasted Coconut Flakes
1 Tbsp Toasted Rice (long grain)
1 Tsp Lemon/Lime Zest (prepared like in a Gremolata)
1/2 Leek (thinly sliced)
Fish Sauce (a sprinkling of it)
2 Chinese Sausages (sliced)
1 Clove Garlic (chopped finely)
Step 1: Cook some rice in your rice cooker. We used Jasmin rice for this one...or follow my tutorial and cook it the old-fashioned way!
Step 2: While the rice is cooking, toast the chili peppers and remove to a bowl. Then toast the sesame seeds then put in a mortar and grind them up a bit. Toast the long grain rice until they're nice and brown and then put them through a food processor so that they're about the consistency of coarse sand. I tend to make this in bigger batches because they store well.
Step 3: Chop the Chinese sausages and fry them with garlic in the same pan you used for toasting the sesame seeds and chili.
Step 3: Put the rice into a big serving bowl and mix with sausages and all the other ingredients. The saltiness will come from the fish sauce and Sichuan peppercorn salt so make sure it doesn't get too salty. Taste and make adjustments if necessary. Serve immediately.
Note 1: You might add lemon juice or lime juice if you like the tang of citric juices. If you love cilantro throw it in. Just be careful not to put too much because it will be overpowering. The flavors do have to be balanced.
Note 2: You can basically season the rice with anything you wish in this way. A pretty traditional Maze Gohan would be made with lightly salted and par boiled fresh peas. You can mix grated Parmesan cheese into it if you wish. Use your imagination and use whatever flavors you think will taste good.