Broken rice

Broken rice

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Real Vietnamese Cooking
Serves
6
Photographer
Michael Fountoulakis

Traditionally, It was very difficult for farmers to sell rice that had been broken during the harvest, so they mostly ate it themselves. Later it became part of a cheap worker's lunch, and over time city dwellers developed a taste for it, in part as a nostalgic reminder of a simpler country life.

You normally buy the rice already broken - but if you aren't able to obtain any, you can simply break some white rice yourself using a mortar and pestle.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
400g broken long-grain white rice

Method

  1. Put the rice in a fine colander or sieve and rinse under cold running water. Run your fingers through the rice to ensure the water runs over all the grains, to wash away the starch. When the water runs clear, drain the rice for a few moments.
  2. Transfer the rice to an electric rice cooker and pour in 625 ml water. Cook according to the rice cooker's instructions.
  3. Alternatively, place the rice and 625 ml water in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Cover immediately and reduce the heat. Simmer for 20 minutes, then allow the rice to rest for a further 10 minutes before serving.
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