• Vietnamese chicken rice (Luke Nguyen's Railway Vietnam)Source: Luke Nguyen's Railway Vietnam

In almost every corner of Hoi An you can see vendors selling chicken rice. The most common style of chicken rice is torn with your fingers, as Luke does with his dish.







Skill level

Average: 3.8 (35 votes)


  • 1 chicken (about 1.7 kg)
  • 1 onion, peeled and halved
  • 4 red Asian shallots, peeled and halved
  • 4 cm piece ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 60 ml (¼ cup) fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tbsp ground turmeric
  • lime wedges, to serve

Chicken seasoning

  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • juice of 3 cumquats

Ginger rice

  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 15 g ginger, peeled and julienned
  • 400 g (2 cups) Jasmine rice, washed twice and drained
  • 1.5 litres (6 cups) chicken stock


  • 100 g carrot, shredded
  • 100 g green papaya, shredded
  • 100 g white onion, sliced
  • 2 tbsp fried garlic chips
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp freshly ground white pepper
  • 2 tbsp Hoi An chilli sauce or Sriracha chilli sauce, plus extra to serve
  • juice of 3 cumquats
  • 1 small handful Vietnamese mint leaves

Cook's notes

Oven temperatures are for conventional; if using fan-forced (convection), reduce the temperature by 20˚C. | We use Australian tablespoons and cups: 1 teaspoon equals 5 ml; 1 tablespoon equals 20 ml; 1 cup equals 250 ml. | All herbs are fresh (unless specified) and cups are lightly packed. | All vegetables are medium size and peeled, unless specified. | All eggs are 55-60 g, unless specified.


Resting time: 20 minutes

1. Place the chicken in a large saucepan with 5 litres cold water. Add the onion, shallots, ginger, fish sauce, salt and turmeric. Cover with a lid and bring to the boil. Simmer gently for 20 minutes, then turn off the heat and let it sit for another 20 minutes.

2. Remove the chicken from the broth, set aside to cool and strain the broth. Use your fingers to tear the chicken into strips and place in a bowl. Add the chicken seasoning ingredients and toss to combine well.

3. Meanwhile, for the ginger rice, place a heavy-based saucepan over medium heat. Add the oil, garlic and ginger and fry for 2 minutes or until light brown. Add the rice and stir-fry for 3 minutes or until well coated. Add 1.5 litres of the reserved strained stock and bring to the boil, then reduce the heat to low, cover and cook for 20 minutes. Turn off the heat and allow the rice to stand covered for another 10 minutes.

4. For the salad, place the shredded carrots, green papaya and onion in a bowl of iced water for 10 minutes to crisp them up. Drain well.

5. Combine the remaining salad ingredients in a bowl, add the drained salad ingredients and gently toss.

6. Divide the chicken, rice and salad between serving plates and serve with lime wedges and extra chilli sauce.


Catch Luke Nguyen on the tracks dishing up Vietnamese fare in the brand-new series, Luke Nguyen's Railway Vietnam.