Victor Protasio
Active Time
25 MIN
Total Time
2 HR 10 MIN
Yield
Serves : 2

Grains of jasmine rice take on a toasty, crispy crust in this perfect pot of rice topped with salmon, bok choy, and corn. To achieve the crust at the bottom of the pot, use a squeeze bottle to drizzle oil around the edge of the pot, or apply it precisely with a spoon. Use your senses to understand what’s happening inside: Listen for a faint crackling sound, and smell for a nutty aroma. (If you smell burnt popcorn, the rice has over-toasted.) Make it without toppings for a satisfying side dish. Chinese clay pots are wrapped in a heat-diffusing wire to prevent thermal shock so that they can be used over high heat. They’re also excellent for simmering single portions of soups and stews.

How to Make It

Step 1    

Rinse rice in a strainer until water runs clear. Shake rice dry in strainer. Stir together rice, salt, and 1 1/3 cups cold water in a 1-quart Chinese clay pot. Let stand at room temperature 1 hour.

Step 2    

Heat rice mixture, uncovered and undisturbed, on a gas stovetop over medium-high until water along edges of clay pot begins to simmer in spots, 8 to 10 minutes. Continue simmering, uncovered and undisturbed, over medium-high until water is completely absorbed and rice makes a faint crackling sound, 5 to 6 minutes. Drizzle sesame oil evenly around inside edges of pot. Reduce heat to low; cover and cook until rice is just tender, about 10 minutes.

Step 3    

Working quickly, turn off heat, uncover, and arrange salmon belly, baby bok choy, and corn in an even layer on top of rice. Increase heat to medium-high. Cook, covered, until rice smells nutty and makes a constant crackling sound, 4 to 5 minutes. Turn off heat, and let stand, covered, on unlit burner 15 minutes. Slice green parts of scallions to equal 3 tablespoons, and sprinkle over salmon, baby bok choy, and corn. (Reserve remaining scallion for another use.) Serve with ginger-scallion sauce and mirin-soy sauce.

Suggested Pairing

Apple-scented, complex Chenin Blanc.

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