I recently learned the difference between white rice wine and yellow rice wine. The normal Chinese rice wine for cooking is the Shao Hsiang Hwa Tio brand. The yellow rice wine is made of glutinous rice.
I bought a bottle of the yellow glutinous rice wine for less than RM10. It is meant for cooking only. I used the wine to prepare drunken chicken. I haven’t get the kind of drunken chicken I like. It is done by soaking the steamed chicken in the mixture of yellow rice wine, white rice wine and the chicken stock for two nights.
Since the end result is not what I expected, I shall experiment further and share the real drunken chicken recipe next time. Meanwhile, I use the yellow rice wine to cook chicken with dong guai, wolfberries, red dates and longan.
The end result is just like the chicken I have during the post natal period. However, I only use 2-3 small slices of dong guai as it is rather ‘heaty’ to take too much.
RECIPE : Chicken with Chinese wine and dong guai
2 chicken thighs with the drumsticks – chopped into bite sizes
thumbsize ginger, slice
2-3 pieces of dong guai
4 red dates
1 tablespoon of wolfberries
4 dried longans
1 tablespoon of sesame oil
Chinese rice wine – half a cup
Water – half a cup (if you like hardcore drunken chicken soup, replace the water with rice wine)
3 dried shitake mushrooms or wood fungus (soak to soften)
Heat sesame oil
Add ginger and stir fry till fragrant. Add chicken to brown.
Put the water and wine. Add the longans, red dates, wolfberries and dong guai. Simmer till chicken is tender.
Note : Dong guai and alcohol can cause bleeding so do not take during the post natal period when you are still have post-partum bleeding. During normal time, only take this after your period and not during or just before your period.