Chicken & Mushroom Rice Burger + Product Review

>> Wednesday, January 12, 2011

I've decided to have no resolutions this year.

I figured that I don't do too well with them. They have this negative connotation for me and I associate the word with the likes of promises on cereal boxes - 'Get into shape this new year!' Over time, it occurred to me that any resolutions I make would eventually be broken sooner or later.

So instead, I just have goals now. A different word - but to me it has a more positive vibe. I think about how I will follow through with it, and I visualise myself standing on the other side waving the mission accomplished flag.

Here are a few food-related goals on my list...

{one} Learn about different the types of cheese to be able to identify them at the markets and know what kind of drink/food to pair them with.

{two} Make an effort to freeze more left over food and minimize food wastage. Tips here and here. I'm also adopting the FIFO rules - first in, first out! This is a hard goal but I guess once it becomes a habit it wouldn't be too difficult.

{three} Have 5 servings of fruit and vegetable a day. It should be easy most of the times, although I did find myself with around 3-4 servings a day last year.

{four} Update the Recipe Index section of this blog. It has been 'Work in Progress' since its birth. Time to let this baby grow!

{five} Experience more with different types of flours like rye, quinoa, spelt and buckwheat in my recipes.

{six} Bake a fancy and impressive-looking cake that tastes as good as it looks. I tend to bake more rustic, homey kind of treats and don't really use much cream, always cut back on the sugar and sometimes over think the nutritional values of the food I make. I'd like to master a totally decadent, over-indulgent kind of cake though.
{seven} Learn to quickly clean and dissemble a whole chicken. I still feel clumsy when I handle large meat.

To elaborate on the last goal -  I have not cooked chicken ever since I've moved to Melbourne. I come from a chicken-loving family where everyone has their own winning recipe. Because of that, it was never required of me to learn to cook the bird (which my salmonella-phobic self is completely fine with!) so naturally, I've been staying away from cooking it now that I'm away from home.

Thankfully, a few weeks ago I was given a packet of freshly cooked chicken to try from Moira Mac. Perfect for as me I didn't have to deal with defrosting and then cutting/cooking the meat after a long day.

Moira Mac’s is a new brand in the ham/salami section of your supermet. The company specialises in cooked poultry products and has become the first company to launch a cooked fresh chicken breast range that contains no preservatives, is dairy free and gluten free. The chicken can be eaten straight from their resealable pack or used as an ingredient in hot or cold recipes.

The range comes in four styles: Mediterranean, Homestyle, Barbeque, and Tandoori. 

I was also told that the product is 100% real chicken breast fillet and is 97% fat free. It also has the Heart Foundation Tick of approval for meeting strict standards for saturated fat and sodium.

I've decided to test the Homestyle chicken with this rice burger recipe I've been thinking about lately. Great when you're pressed for time because this is a super fast meal if you've left over rice and a few other things on hand. The chicken chunks are lean and will work well in salads and sandwiches too!

Chicken & Mushroom Rice Burger
Serves 2
  • 2 cups leftover white rice
  • 1 packet Moira Mac's Homestyle chicken (or replace with beef or pork slices)
  • 2 leaves of lettuce
  • handful (4-6) of oyster mushroom, washed and sliced
  • 1/2 pack of enoki mushroom, rinsed
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • 2 tsp mirin
  • 2 tsp sake
  • 1/2 tsp garlic paste 
  • 1/2 tsp ginger paste 
  • empty milk carton
1. Wash the milk carton and cut it across to get a 1cm ring (see photo below):
2. Wrap a quarter of the rice in plastic foil and roll it around until it is circular.

3. Place the rice with the foil in the milk ring and push it down to fill up the ring.

4. Remove the ring and repeat the process to make the rest of the rice patties.

5. Place the rice patties in a pan on low heat.
6. Brush them with some soy sauce for flavouring.
7. In another pan, add a splash of oil and add the garlic and ginger paste. Stir around for a minute.

8. Add into the pan enoki and oyster mushroom. Cook for a few minutes before adding Moira Mac's chicken cubes to heat up.

9. Add the sauces - soy, mirin and sake and let cook for another few minutes.

10. To assemble, place a leaf of lettuce on a rice patty, followed by the chicken and mushroom (I added a bit of mayo on top of this as well!), then top with another rice patty. Wrap in aluminum foil if desired.


Julie January 12, 2011 at 10:43 PM  

saw this in the supermarket but wasn't sure! Might have to try this next time ;)

grub January 13, 2011 at 1:14 AM  

your goals sounds reasonable :) looks like you'll be keeping busy over 2011 :D

hehe the rice burger reminds me of MOS burger's promo posters and this Japanese cafe on Elizabeth St (i think) sells them for lunch.

btw, i received the bakers delight coupon towards the end of last year and recently used it (THANK YOU SO MUCH!). the fruit loaf was delicious :D too bad we ate it all before i got some photos. i'll buy it again on friday for a weekend breakfast :)

j3ss kitch3n January 13, 2011 at 1:28 AM  

now this is a food i would favor over anything else! viv pass me some please!

Erika Beth, the Messy Chef January 13, 2011 at 8:56 AM  

I want to make a fancy cake too this year. Can't wait to see what you bake. :)

OohLookBel January 13, 2011 at 9:27 AM  

Your 'burger' is so cool and looks amazing. And I can relate to your resolution about food wastage; hope it goes well for you this year!

Anonymous,  January 13, 2011 at 9:59 AM  

Hey that's a good idea for a burger! We always have leftover rice.


Celeste @ Berrytravels January 13, 2011 at 6:21 PM  

I adore rice burgers! This is genius - totally trying this out soon!

Maria @ Scandi Foodie January 14, 2011 at 7:33 AM  

Looks great! That would make such a nice lunch :-)

hanushi January 15, 2011 at 5:42 PM  

You are really innovative in making the "ring". :) Ahh, I am hungry...

Brownieville Girl January 16, 2011 at 5:13 AM  

What a wonderful idea - looks delicious.

MaryMoh January 16, 2011 at 8:46 AM  

That's very creative to make the rice patties to make burgers. I love it. Looks very simple to make and very delicious. Thanks very much for sharing.

sugarpuffi January 17, 2011 at 12:13 PM  

whoa did u think of the rice burgers yourself?! thats amazing!!

i can roughly identify cheeses now after consuming so many of them.. *cough* FIFO sounds hard!! i always end up throwing most of the food out in my fridge :(

Anonymous,  January 17, 2011 at 12:45 PM  

Love the look of rice burger! Have tried it at Mos Burger and love it.

Zoe January 17, 2011 at 2:33 PM  

I love love love Mos Burger and used to have them when I was living in Singapore. Your idea of recycling milk carton to make the rice patties is so innovative.

msihua January 18, 2011 at 9:54 PM  

Ooo.. I've just found this site! Loving the idea and it looks so healthy.. compared to the store bought super sugar buns!

La Bella Cooks January 20, 2011 at 11:07 AM  

Your goals sound perfectly attainable unlike most where people make these off the wall resolutions that are impossible to keep. I would adore a meal like this and what a brilliant idea making a rice burger. Your blog is lovely!

Jen January 20, 2011 at 5:23 PM  

Wow, you've outdone yourself! The rice burger looks so scrumptious! I haven't noticed packet chicken before but will keep an eye out for it. Seems handy to have.

P.S. Good luck with your goals! x

Forager @ The Gourmet Forager January 20, 2011 at 10:09 PM  

I think I've had a similar burger to this one at McDonalds in Macau back in 05? Their rice burger looked so disturbingly intriguing I decided to try it. It was as disturbing as I expected too, but mainly because it was too soggy - yours looks much more appetising!

Joyti January 25, 2011 at 10:25 PM  

Great recipe, love the rice patty 'buns'. And I agree with three and five, in that I should take up those resolutions myself.

mr. pineapple man January 31, 2011 at 7:28 AM  

love the goal! thats the smartest :)

Lori February 2, 2011 at 2:49 PM  

This is brilliant! I could definitely use this recipe to spice up my boring lunches. I have the same cake goal this year. Hopefully I'll pull it off for my husband's birthday coming up in a few weeks!

YW February 3, 2011 at 10:31 PM  

All the best with your goals this year!! I'm terrible with new year resolution/goals. So I never have any hahaha..

grub February 3, 2011 at 10:47 PM  

been busy celebrating Chinese new year?

hope you have a happy Chinese new year Viv!! i wish for you and your family to enjoy a prosperous year of happiness, health and wealth! :) all the best for the year of the rabbit ^^

Zoe February 7, 2011 at 3:43 PM  

Happy Lunar New Year, Viv! Best of luck for the Rabbit New year!

Have not been hearing from you lately and decided to drop a note to you for a CNY greeting.

GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart February 9, 2011 at 2:18 PM  

I do like your goals ~ many would be good goals for me too. This recipe looks tasty! The rice bauns are so interesting!

Sonia March 6, 2011 at 9:52 AM  

Great home made pizza, loved the toppings... !

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