Simple yam rice with meat goes well with 'bak kut teh'. This rice dish with yam cubes, dried shrimps and mushrooms is popular within the Chinese community. It can also be adapted into a vegetarian version. Yam rice can also be served on its own.
Delicious yam rice recipe using taro as its main ingredient is easy and fast to prepare. In Malaysia, Singapore and the neighbouring countries, taro is also known as yam. The other ingredients such as dried shrimps and shiitake mushrooms give a wonderful aroma to the dish. They provide the right amount of umami that stirs up your appetite. In some stalls or restaurants in Malaysia, Hokkien bak kut teh is served together with yam rice or fried shallots rice.
Vegetarian yam rice
Yam rice is usually cooked with pork. As I was serving the yam rice with a meat dish, bak kut teh, I omitted the pork in this recipe. Dried shrimps may also be removed from this recipe to turn it into a vegetarian version. Feel free to add more shiitake mushrooms and also a pinch of salt to enhance the taste.
Yam rice in a rice cooker
It is also fine to cook yam rice using a rice cooker. Just cook the rice along with the sautéd yam cubes in an electronic rice cooker. Furthermore, the rice would be able to stay warm longer compared to a normal pot. This is an easy one pot dish which can be cooked any day of the week.
Garnish yam rice with some fried shallots, spring onions, coriander or even sliced fresh chilies.