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Dinner Tonight: Chicken and Rice Soup with Ginger Dipping Sauce
I was initially attracted to this recipe from Viet World Kitchen because it reminded me an awful lot of the Singaporean dish, Hainanese Chicken Rice. I'm kind of obsessed with that dish but rarely find the time to make it.
This soup wasn't as intense, and there was no spice to speak of, but it still managed to capture the warm embrace of ginger balanced by the acidic dipping sauce. Plus this one is a hell of a lot easier and less time-consuming than Hainanese Chicken Rice.
At first, I found the soup to be a tad underwhelming and bland. There is a definite ginger ring to each sip, but it lacks bite and presence. Fortunately, this can be changed by just chopping up the chicken and adding it to the bowl along with a healthy spoonful of the sauce. This act is totally inauthentic and probably a horrible social faux pas, but it really created something unique and delicious.