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11/30/2007

Welcome to --- The House of Ru-Ru

Jen would always ask me what Ruy and I had to eat over the weekend and for the past couple of weeks I've been raving about Ruy's cooking. Yes, Ruy is the appointed King of our kitchen. (it's debatable who actually appointed him as such). This being the case, Jen christened our house as the House of Ru-ru.


When Ruy cooks, he gets immersed in the moment...there's a monk-like focus to his demeanor and just between us he gets a tad cranky when things don't go his way. He is also not satisfied with anything that's just fried (yes, even if it is that liempo one post down). He wants things imaginative and different and matching. Meaning, if he's eating something fried, he needs soup and an interesting rice concoction with it.


One day, I thought of contributing something to the House of Ru-ru's gastric delights. I have just learned about the ready made chicken pandan found in SM groceries so I dragged Ruy to the grocery and for the first time ever I went to the meat and poultry section (i usually stop at the hotdog and bacon section) and purchased my first ever raw chicken.


Each chicken pandan piece costs 10 pesos which is quite a steal specially when you compare the costs to restaurants. Upon seeing this, Ruy's brain started trying to find the perfect rice dish to match it. I was initially thinking of Bagoong Rice (Ruy's bagoong is to die for!!) but Ruy had something better in mind.


Ruy initially wanted to try to make pineapple rice but while he was trying to research the recipe for this rice, came upon this recipe. It was a gutsy move for him to even attempt it but he decided to go for it.



It has to be pointed out here that Ruy goes all out when cooking. Yes, to the point of annoying me sometimes. Take this recipe for example...we had to go to 3 shops before finding the basmati rice. We went to Rustan's Katipunan, Rustan's Temple Drive and finally Santi's.

The basmati rice was cooked in coconut milk. We didn't have time to get this off the market so we (notice how I'm using the pronoun WE as if I had something to do with the recipe other than go to the grocery) had to settle for the next best thing...instant coconut milk. This was surprisingly almost as good as the real thing.
Ruy opted to use pineapple juice instead of water which added another layer of flavor to the already flavorful recipe. The resulting dish is not for the weak hearted...it can be very intimidating.
The recipe for the rice was surprisingly easy to follow. It's just a matter of putting everything together in a pan and waiting. I guess this didn't prove to be challenging enough for Ruru...errr Ruy I mean so he decided to make his life more difficult by making his own crystallized ginger.

It has to be explained that Ruy was a one-man-show during this entire process...he was taking photos while cooking. This proved to be disastrous so he ended up having to re-do the ginger.

So with the crystallized ginger finely chopped and the almonds sliced...the Thai Rice came to life.

I loved the rice so much I barely ate the chicken. What-a-meal!!

24 comments:

marielle said...

hi...

ito pu ba yung bounty fresh chicken meals in minutes?

whatcha use for sawsawan?

tnx

Em Dy said...

Wow. The rice looks good.

I bought the cooked chicken pandan in SM hypermarket. Masarap nga. P135 for 10.

Gloria said...

Ray, thanks for stopping by at my blog, you are welcome. You have nice recipes and comments here. I like the. Gloria

Gloria said...

Sorry I tell you Ray and is Ruy!! I'm still sleep I think! xxGloria

Liv said...

Marielle: Hi Marielle! I'm not too sure about the brand but i think the one I bought was just the SM brand.. We used the Del Monte Sweet Chili Sauce for our sawsawan.=)

Liv said...

Em Dy: Hi! Yes, the rice really went well with the chicken.=)

Ruy said...

Gloria:

Ruy said...

Gloria: No problem.=) Haha! It happens to me when I'm sleepy too!;p
Thank you for visiting. Your recipes are wonderful too.=)

Toni said...

Oh yum! Looks like a gourmet meal ha!

popcorn said...

These look good, makahanap nga ng chicken pandan recipe.

How'd the chicken pandan turn out ? Any pics ?

Olivia said...

Toni: Oh wow, Ruy would be sooo happy to hear you say that, it's quite appropriate too as sobrang feeling gourmet chef siya nung nagluluto. hehehe

Olivia said...

Marielle: We just bought a new batch of chicken pandan and I double checked the brand for you. =) You're right it is bounty fresh

Olivia said...

Popcorn: The chicken pandan turned out beautifully although we can't really take credit for it as it was ready made. We don't have pictures from our last meal but we're eating that again tonight so I'll try to take pictures for you.

Elaine said...

Hahaha I exactly know how Ruy feels.... EXACTLY! You want everything to come out just right, other wise it gets to your nerves. And yes! You need focus (like having a do-not-disturb look on your face when in the kitchen) You want a little challenge in cooking, its just like an unexplainable urge to push yourself to the limits, do something different, something special. You're lucky to have that kind of King in the Kitchen Liv!

marielle said...

tnx, mrs. ru-ru!!!

guess it must be good-- it's my second time to read about someone who's tried the chix pandan and blogged about it:)

oggi said...

I know what we will have for dinner tomorrow: chicken wrapped in pandan! The rice looks delicious too.

Dhanggit said...

my hubby is good in the kitchen too, in fact he is a better cook than i am..but when he is in the kitchen i am the slave.."chop this, chop that" so since then on i kicked him out of my territory.. hehe well i never tasted chicken pandan yet.. it must be really tasty with the pandan flavor melting with the chicken hmmm, lovely post

Cynthia said...

Ruru, ahem, Ruy, you're a man after my own heart.

This post is such a pleasurable read.

carlotta said...

looks great! i can practically taste the rice. ever thought of putting up your own resto? =)

Jen Tan said...

hey liv! how licky are you to have a cool cooking husband in the house! hahaha ruy...kelan mo ba papa try mgacreations mo!!! they look great...=)

Ruy said...

Cynthia: Awww... Thanks. =)

Carlotta: Thanks for the compliment. Having a successful resto is actually one of my fantasies. I think I'll keep it that way for now or until I'm so rich I can hire (or risk having) myself as the head chef. Haha!

Ruy said...

To the people who say Liv's lucky: You all made me grin from ear to ear. Really.=)

Ruy said...

To the people who said Liv's lucky: You all made me grin from ear to ear. Really.=)

g_mirage said...

Uy, the basmati rice box looks like the ones I buy here...German din lahat,lol. These are readily available in groceries coz people eat more bread than rice kaya maliit lang servings di ba, di gaya sa pinoy kilo kilo bumili!

I'm gonna try that chicken in pandan when Im home, I remember lang kze ung rice pandan from Bulacan(tama ba ito?)....you really have great recipes! Ditto for Liv being lucky, but I believe you both are! Thanks for sharing!

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