Vietnamese Chicken with Coconut Juice (Ga Rim Nuoc Dua) Recipe
The other day I rummaged through some old papers and found a recipe written down from long ago. The recipe was for the very first dish I made my husband when we got married. I wanted to ensure I started off the marriage on the right foot and, of course, cooking good food was how I was going to achieve that. I remember taking meticulous notes of this recipe from my mother-in-law, who walked me through detailed instructions on how to make the perfect Vietnamese Chicken with Coconut Juice or Ga Rim Nuoc Dua. I remember thinking to myself, "Wow, she's crazy." But I also thought, "Wow, this smells really good." So I hope you all feel the same way after trying the below recipe. Keep in mind that the recipe below doesn't produce a crispy skin. If you want crispy skin, I would suggest, after cooking the chicken in a skillet, put the chicken with skin-side up in a boiler on high heat for a few minutes.
- 8 chicken thighs
- 1 tablespoon salt for washing
- 1/4 cup minced shallots
- 4 cloves minced garlic
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon MSG (optional)
- 2 tablespoons thick soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons thin soy sauce
- 4 tablespoons fish sauce
- 4 tablespoons sugar
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1/2 can Coconut Juice (Coco Brand)
- Thoroughly wash the chicken thighs with a tablespoon of salt. Rinse and pat dry.
- Mix together the shallots, garlic, salt, pepper, MSG, thick soy sauce, thin soy sauce, fish sauce and sugar.
- Marinade chicken with mixture for at least 1 hour; overnight for best results.
- In a large skillet, heat the vegetable oil on high.
- Place the chicken skin-side down. You want to hear a nice sizzle. If you do not hear the sizzle, remove the chicken from the skillet. Wait for the skillet to get hotter then place the chicken back in.
- Brown all sides of the chicken until golden brown
- Turn the chicken skin-side up and pour in the coconut juice
- Let simmer for 45 minutes or when the liquid has reduced to about half
- Serve with white rice, sliced cucumbers and tomatoes.