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Boned Duck with Plum Sauce

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Serves 4-6.

Ingredients

Yellow Rice

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This may be served wrapped in individual packets, or molded into the cone shape favored for special occasions in Indonesia.

Serves 8-10.

Ingredients

Thai Fried Rice (Khao Phat)

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Ingredients

Sweet Mung Bean Porridge

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Ingredients

Serves 6.

300 g/10 oz green mung beans
500 ml/1 pint/2 cups water
2 slices ginger or 2 strips pandan leaf
1/2 teaspoon salt
400 ml/14 fl oz can coconut milk
125 g/4 oz palm sugar or brown sugar

Directions

Sushi Rice

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Ingredients

500 g/1 lb/2 1/2 cups short grain white rice
600 ml/20 fl oz/2 1/2 cups water
5 cm/2 in piece dried kelp (optional)

Seasoning

4 tablespoons rice vinegar
3 tablespoons sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons mirin

Directions

Sticky Rice with Coconut

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Sticky (glutinous) rice is the ubiquitous ingredient for many of the sweet snacks enjoyed in Asia. The method of cooking it is markedly different to those used for rice which is not sticky.

Serves 4.

Ingredients

250 g/8 oz long grain glutinous rice,
white or black
200 ml/7 fl oz coconut milk
1 tablespoon white sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
grated fresh coconut

Directions

Savory Semolina (Uppuma)

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There are many versions of this favorite dish. Some are simply semolina and spices without the addition of vegetables.

Serves 6.

Saffron Rice Pilau

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Serves 4-5.

Ingredients

500 g/1 lb basmati rice
1 onion, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons ghee
2 teaspoons salt
1 litre/2 pints/4 cups hot water or stock
1/4 teaspoon saffron strands
2 tablespoons sultanas (golden raisins) (optional)

Directions

Rice with Fried Bean Curd

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Serves 6.

Ingredients

500 g/1 lb short grain rice
750 ml/1 1/2 pints/3 cups cold water
4 sheets fried bean curd (aburage)
500 ml/1 pint/21/2 cups dashi or chicken stock
125 ml/4 fl oz/1/2 cup shoyu (Japanese soy sauce)
125 ml/4 fl oz/1/2 cup mirin or dry sherry
1 tablespoon sugar
6 spring onions (scallions) finely sliced diagonally

Directions

Rice in Coconut Milk

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This is served on New Year's Day, to augur prosperity for the coming year. In many homes it is also served at breakfast on the first day of each month.

Serves 6.

Ingredients

500 g/1 lb/2 1/2 cups short grain or broken rice
1 litre/2 pints/4 cups water
400 ml/14 fl oz can coconut milk
2 teaspoons salt
1 stick cinnamon (optional)

Directions