- 1 large egg white
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 3 tablespoons dry sherry
- Kosher salt
- 1 pound skinless boneless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes
- 1 1/4 cups jasmine rice (1/2 pound), rinsed
- 1/2 cup sliced blanched almonds (2 ounces)
- 20 fresh or frozen Asian thin rice cakes (see Note)
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 4 ounces small white mushrooms, stems discarded, caps thinly sliced
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 medium white onion, finely chopped
- 2 large garlic cloves, minced
- 1 1/2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
- Freshly ground white pepper
- 4 ounces daikon radish, peeled and cut into 2-by-1/4-inch sticks
- 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk
- Asian sesame oil, for drizzling
- In a medium bowl, whisk the egg white until frothy. Whisk in the cornstarch, 1 tablespoon of the sherry and 1 teaspoon of salt. Add the chicken breasts and toss to coat. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.
- Preheat the oven to 350°. In a medium saucepan, cover the jasmine rice with 2 cups of water and bring to a boil. Cover the saucepan and cook over low heat for 12 minutes. Turn off the heat and let the rice stand, covered, for 5 minutes. Fluff the rice and transfer to a large rimmed baking sheet; spread it out in an even layer. Let cool to room temperature, then cover and refrigerate until chilled.
- Spread the sliced almonds in a pie pan and bake for about 4 minutes, or until pale golden. Let cool.
- In a medium saucepan of boiling salted water, cook the rice cakes until tender but still chewy, about 7 minutes. Drain and spread them out on a large plate. Add 4 cups of water and 1 tablespoon of oil to the saucepan and bring to a boil. Add the chicken and simmer over low heat, stirring once or twice, until the outside turns white, about 25 seconds; drain. In a bowl, mix the mushrooms with the lemon juice.
- In a wok, heat the remaining 3 tablespoons of oil until shimmering. Add the onion and cook over moderate heat until translucent, 5 minutes. Add the garlic and ginger and stir-fry until fragrant, 4 minutes. Add the mushrooms and cook over moderately high heat until softened, 3 minutes. Add the chicken and rice cakes, season with salt and pepper and stir-fry for 1 minute. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of sherry and simmer for 10 seconds. Add the rice and heat through. Add the almonds and daikon and toss again. Stir in the coconut milk. Off the heat, season with salt and pepper and a drizzle of sesame oil. Serve at once.
Korean rice cakes are available at many Asian markets. Although they're most often sold frozen, you can sometimes find bags of fresh rice cakes in the refrigerated section.
Pour a spicy American Gewürztraminer with this stir-fry and it will be clear why sommeliers so often suggest this grape with Asian cuisines. One of the best regions for Gewürz in the United States is Monterey, California.