Wednesday, 9. May 2012 5:25
Tied with ribbons, double-taped or adorned with a wad of stamps, care packages come in all shapes, sizes and forms.
But inside, they really all contain the exact same precious thing — the warm, comforting reminder of: “I’m thinking of you.”
My late Mom always conveyed that message with a rather unusual care package — a dish of Chinese-style chicken and rice.
A simple recipe that she made up years ago, the dish is a supremely savory, one-bowl meal of Jasmine rice cooked with Chinese black mushrooms and chunks of dark meat chicken marinated in soy sauce, oyster sauce and sesame oil. The rice takes on the flavors of the marinade, mushrooms and chicken until they all become fused as one.
It’s a dish my Mom would make regularly for our weeknight family dinners, stir-frying the chicken in a big wok before folding in the rice that had cooked separately in a rice cooker. As a kid, that was my task after school — to wash and measure out the water for the rice, before pushing the button on the rice cooker so the fluffy grains would be ready and waiting for my Mom when she arrived home from work to finish making the dish.