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Display Name: Raena
Member Since: 1/15/08

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My time and tested method:
Once the water boils, turn off the fire and put the chicken in. Cover. 30 mins later, remove the chicken, bring the water to a boil, turn it off, then put the chicken back in for another 30 minutes. Don't cook it for more than an hour (true Hainanese chicken is ever so slightly undercooked). After an hour, dunk it in ice water. Chop up the chicken, drizzle equal parts soy sauce and sesame oil. Serve with sliced cucumber.

The most important thing is to buy the best chicken you can. I get mine from Healthy Family Farm at the Hollywood Farmers' Market.

Hainanese Chicken With Rice from Mark Bittman Recipe Review | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
3/11/10 10:58 PM

Mmm... condensed milk in tea/coffee AND on a piece of toast.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Tip: Try Condensed Milk In Your Hot Tea
10/9/09 10:28 PM

Yes, always wash. I also save the water from rinsing the rice and use it to water the plants.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Do You Wash Your Rice Before Cooking?
10/8/09 07:00 PM

My grandma used to make sweet potato leave stir-fry all the time. I love it! But it does have a slightly slimy texture (like okra).

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Faux Bois Amy Atlas Desserts and Sweet Potato Leaves Delicious links for 9.23.09
9/23/09 05:55 PM

I made scrambled eggs with corn and bacon this weekend and it turned out amazing. The corn adds sweetness and great texture to the dish.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | 10-Minute Meal: Scrambled Eggs with Fresh Corn, Goat Cheese, and Oven-Roasted Tomatoes
9/20/09 03:00 PM

I have to say, I'm mighty impressed with Jennifer. I wasn't too fond of her pissed off face and forced laugh, but she's pretty efficient and no nonsense in this challenge. Me like!

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Top Chef Las Vegas: The Best of Plates, The Worst of Plates
9/4/09 01:10 PM

Konnyaku is mostly texture and not much taste, but I think it'll be great added to a stew.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Ingredient Spotlight: Ita Konnyaku
8/11/09 05:28 PM

It's sweeter and milder than mugicha.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Summer Drink: Lemon Barley Water
6/19/09 12:25 PM

I recently helped my mom clean out my childhood home. My room was left exactly the same ... with all my toys and clothes. I took a picture of everything sentimental then threw them away. It hurt, but most of these things I didn't even realize I still had.

Apartment Therapy Chicago | Good Questions: Storing Mementos from Your Childhood?
6/8/09 09:47 PM

My Japanese mom sprinkles used (dried) coffee grounds on the floor before she sweeps. She says the heavier coffee grounds keep the dust from stirring into the air. Same concept, I guess.

Apartment Therapy Chicago | Kleen Sweep: The End All For Fighting Dust Bunnies
1/22/09 02:47 PM

We have an Ikea CD shelve that looks very similar to the one in the photo. Unfortunately, it's been discontinued.

Apartment Therapy Chicago | Good Questions: Where to Find this Smart Storage Piece?
11/17/08 05:37 PM

The only way my husband would eat cabbage is if it's in okonomiyaki (Japanese pancakes).


Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Learning to Love Green Cabbage: How to Pick Em', Cook 'Em, and Eat 'Em!
10/17/08 03:40 PM

Poor tiger! Makes me sad.

Apartment Therapy DC | House Tour: Mary's Animal-Inspired HomeWashington, DC
10/2/08 12:18 PM

Both! I have a cat that behaves like a dog, and a dog that behaves like a cat.

Apartment Therapy Chicago | Survey: Cat or Dog?With a Few Good Quotes for Good Measure
9/18/08 12:55 PM

I'm looking forward to seeing what the Martha Stewart guy and the Sex and the City set designer come up with in individual competitions. Other than that, it was rather uninspiring.

Apartment Therapy Chicago | Top Design Season 2 Premiere
9/4/08 12:51 PM

I am so in love with Bacon =)

We have met so many of our neighbors because of our rescue dog Haley. My next door neighbor has keys to my place and hangs out with Haley when my husband and I are at work. We saved hundreds of dollars during our vacation because our neighbor across the street took care of Haley for two weeks. We return the favor by watching her dog when she travels. It truly takes a village to raise a healthy, happy dog!

Apartment Therapy New York | Socializing Your Pet and Meeting Your NeighborsBoston
9/4/08 10:32 AM

My husband and I have a large collection of lowbrow art, but have no idea how to display them. Also, we have arched ceilings and would love some advice on how to paint them.

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Thursday Giveaway: Consultation with Designers Call Los Angeles
7/24/08 12:50 PM

What is up with the neon lime green paint color? They used it in the first challenge, and twice in this episode. To quote Laura from Project Runway, "That is some serious ugly."

Apartment Therapy New York | HGTV's Design Star: International Style? Boston
6/30/08 10:41 AM

Constance has terrible design aesthetics. That brown wood paneling around the windows is ghastly.

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | Win a HGTV and Cookie Magazine Family-room Makeover
6/29/08 08:14 PM

I loved the "before" wallpaper and was kinda bummed when they got removed. And why does Stephanie feel the need to paint everything?

Apartment Therapy New York | HGTV Design Star: Haunted LivingBoston
6/23/08 12:55 PM