And I have both good and bad news. The good news is I have the method on how it's done and the bad news is I don't have marinade and the stuffing ingredients. :P
In case you are not aware, our roasted chicken (rice) here (in Singapore) is not roasted, it's cooked with oil. You know, like deep frying. But wait a minute! Take a look at the skin (in the picture). It doesn't look fried but roasted. And the best part is the meat is moist like blanched chicken. So it's actually Fried Chicken that looks like Roasted Chicken and moist like Blanched Chicken. :P
This recipe is not complete. I'm still finding out and experimenting more on it. I'm sharing what I know so far.
- For a start, the chicken is rubbed all over with salt, including the cavity.
- Set the chicken aside.
- Mix 6 tablespoon Light Soy Sauce, 5 tablespoon Maltose, 1 tablespoon Water and Juice of 1 Lime, together.
- Bring the marinade mixture to a simmer.
- Blanch the chicken with the marinade mixture by scooping the mixture with spoon and pour over the chicken.
- Continue doing till the whole chicken coated with the marinade and is tinted light brown.
- This chicken should be should be about 30% cooked on the outside.
- Hang the chicken to air dry. I cheated by placing it in the refrigerator uncovered. :P
- Prepare a pot of hot oil.
- Place the whole chicken into the oil to cook it.
- Remove when chicken is thoroughly cooked.
- Hang to drip the chicken from excess oil.
- Serve it with Chicken Rice, fresh cucumber or tomato and drizzle of a mixture of light soy sauce and sesame seed oil.
I didn't use that much oil which according to my mother-in-law, is a must to cook the chicken nicely. I took a much longer time, by 'bathing' the chicken like how I did when blanched it with the marinade mixture.
Accordingly to my mother-in-law, she only rub the cavity with salt. No herbs were used. However, most of the roasted chicken I have tasted were stuffed with some herbs. I'm still finding out what herbs were used. If anyone had any ideas, I would appreciate it if you could share it. :)
I'm looking forward to the day I could do the complete and proper local Singapore Roasted Chicken Rice. :D