Thursday, September 14, 2006

Taro Fragrant Rice

Taro is one of my favorite root vegetable and whenever i find a recipe that has taro, i will definitely give it a try. This dish will be on the table if i have taro and taro cake(woo tau koh) will be the next. When you run out of idea of what dishes to serve for dinner, this one pot meal is the best.

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2 cups rice, washed and drained
250g taro, cubed and sprinkled with 1 pinch of 5 spice powder
3 to 4 tbsp oil
4 shallots, sliced
3 dried mushrooms, soaked and finely chopped
25g dried prawns, washed and drained
150 g chicken/pork, diced.

1 tbsp oyster sauce
1 tbsp light soya sauce
1 tbsp sesame oil
1/2 cube chicken stock
1/2 tsp sugar or to taste
3 cups water


Chopped spring onions and coriander

Heat oil in a wok and lightly brown the shallots. Remove the shallot crisps and drain well. Leave aside.

Add dried prawns and saute until fragrant. Add in chicken/pork and cook until chicken/pork is no more pink.

Then add in taro and mushrooms. Add rice and seasoning. Stir-fry well.

Dish rice mixture into an electric rice cooker. Add water and cook rice as usual. Stand rice in cooker for 10 to 15 minutes before dishing out to serve.

Serve rice with a sprinkling of shallot crisps, chopped spring onions and coriander



Anonymous said...

what is the difference between taro n yam?

lilyng said...


there is an explaination in my intro text for taro puffs

in malaysia and singapore, taro would be yam

Anonymous said...

Hi Lily,

I plan to make this meal fairly soon but am just wondering what's the number of serving for this recipe?

Anonymous said...

Wait so does this mean that I can use 250g of either sweet potato or taro in this recipe? Sorry just a little confused lol.

lilyng said...


it depends on whether you have big eaters in the family. this recipe can serve 4 - 6.

lilyng said...


There is no sweet potato in this recipe, only taro.

the confusion will be calling it yam and in the U.S., yam is sweet potato but yam in asia is taro.

Jenny said...

Hi Lily,

Been lurking around and chanced upon your yam rice recipe. I cooked the dish yesterday and it was really yummy. The yam was so soft, it practically melted in your mouth! I intend to cook it again this weekend for my relatives. Question is....if I double up the recipe to 4 cups of rice, do I add in 5 cups of water or double up to 6 cups of water? Thanks for this tasty recipe.

lilyng said...


when you double up the rice, you must double up the water/stock.

Fanny said...


came across ur blog n found this taro rice recipe, n decided to give it a try. wanna check with u the water that indicate at the seasoning part is it meant for adding to rice cooker to cook the rice?


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