Ipoh Bean Sprout Chicken

To say that Malaysians are talented is not an overstatement as some of the best–and most impressive–food blogs are authored by Malaysians. I am constantly amazed by the sheer talent of my fellow Malaysians, for example: Billy Law at A Table for Two. A Table for Two chronicles Billy’s eating adventures in Sydney as well as documents delectable recipes from his kitchen. Graced with outstanding food photography plus a keen sense of humor and wicked writing style, I am ready to crown A Table for Two the best new food blog of 2009! Please welcome Billy to Rasa Malaysia as he shares Ipoh Bean Sprout Chicken (芽菜鸡) recipe with us–a famed dish from the state of Ipoh in Malaysia.

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  •   1 whole free range chicken
  •   3 cloves garlic (Halved)
  •   2 green onion stalks (Scallions) Chopped into 10 cm lengths
  •   1 tbsp black peppercorn
  •   1 tbsp goji berries (Wolfberries)
  •   1 bowl of ice water
  •   250g bean sprouts (root discarded preferably)
  •   1 packet of fresh rice noodle
  •   1 handful of dried anchovies
  •   1 cube vegetable stock
  •   1 tbsp black peppercorn
  •   20g rock sugar
  •   pinch of salt to taste
  •   sesame oil and soy sauce to taste