Porcini Mushrooms and Brown Rice Risotto Recipe with Crispy Smoked Chicken Breast

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Porcini Mushrooms Brown Rice Risotto Recipe with Crispy Smoked Chicken Breast

Porcini mushrooms risotto is one of my favourite Italian rice-based dish since it got a earthy porcini fragrance.  Porcini mushrooms or Boletus edulis, commonly known as penny bun or cepes. Considered as a pricey gourmet mushrooms in many western cuisines, and is commonly prepared and eaten in soups, pasta, or risotto. Porcini mushrooms most often dried, packaged and distributed worldwide. Drying keeping its flavour and it is then reconstituted by soaking in water and used in cooking. Porcini mushrooms got  meaty texture, with a smooth and creamy nutty flavour, and also earthy pleasant aroma.

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Dried Porcini Mushrooms for Risotto

I purchased  a couple pack of  Borde Cepes-Extra Porcini Mushrooms or dried porcini/cepes mushrooms in Grand Lucky Supermarket, Jakarta,  for about 5 USD for tiny 28 gr package. Pretty pricey, but i guess it’s worht for the price, besides, it’s not easy to find a gourmet mushrooms in Indonesia, even in Jakarta. I guess this is away cheaper than porcini mushrooms that i’m use fo making Smoked Lamb Chop with PORCINI Mushrooms Crusted, Saffron Polenta and Chicken Ballotine Recipe with Spinach, Minced Chicken and Porcini Mushrooms Powder Stuffing that i’m brought from Ebay.

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Brown Rice Risotto Recipe with Porcini Mushrooms and Smoked Chicken Breast

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Brown Rice, Beras Coklat

I’m using short grain brown rise because i’m concern about my weight lately. Brown rice is got it’s outer hull removed, but the underlying bran and germ layers are left on the grain. This made brown rice is more nutritious than white rice because the bran contains vitamins, minerals and oils. It also has more fiber than white rice.  The glycemic index of brown rice slightly lowerthen white rice, but since the brown rice got additional fiber and nutrients contains, you may eat less and your stomach is fullfilled longer within and thus have a lower glycemic load from brown rice. Brown rice more expensive than common white rice, partly due to its relatively low supply and difficulty of storage and transport. Brown rice should be placed in dark, airthight and cold place because it can easily oxidized and ruined in a room temperature, that’s why you should refrigerate it in a tupperware or another airthight box if you lived in tropical country like Indonesia.

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Porcini Mushrooms Risotto with Brown Rice and Crispy Smoked Chicken Breast

For the crispy smoked chicken breast topping, i made it from scratch. The recipe and process similiar to my Homemade Smoked Beef and Tea Smoked Salmon. The chicken breast is cured with salt and spices for about 3 days and then smoked in a wok with a mixture of rice, tea and some wood chips as a smoke agent. Right after the smoking process was completed, i sliced it thinly and sprayed it with some EVOO and let it oven baked in 180°C for about 10 minutes until crispy.

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Soaked Brown Rice 30 Minutes Prior to Cooking Risotto

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Soaked Dried Porcini Mushrooms Overnightin Fridge Prior to Cooking Risotto

Brown Rice & Porcini Mushrooms Rosotto Recipe:

  • 1 cups Brown Rice (any short grain rice), soaked 30 minutes before cooking
  • 1 pack dried porcini mushrooms (28 gr), soaked overnight with 1 cup water (DO NOT discard the soaking liquid)
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 50 gr blue cheese (about 4 tbsp), or any kind of cheee
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a medium saucepan bring the broth and soaking liquid to a boil. Reduce heat to maintain a gentle simmer.
  2. In another medium saucepan, heat up the butter and olive oil.
  3. Add the chopped onion and garlic,  stirring occasionally, until tender, for about 3 minutes.
  4. Add the porcini mushrooms and and stirring occasionally, until wilted and tender, about 5 minutes.
  5. Add the brown rice and stir to combine thoroughly and to ensure that each grain of rice is coated with butter.
  6. Add the wine and cook, stirring, until the liquid is absorbed.
  7. Add 1 cup of the broth and cook, stirring, until liquid is absorbed.
  8. Repeat with a second cup of broth. After that batch is absorbed repeat with 1/2 cup amounts until the rice is tender, about 25 minutes total.
  9. Stir in the blue cheese
  10. Serve the brown rice and porcini mushrooms risotto immediately with crispy smoked chicken breast

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Spicy Lobster Pasta with Cherry Tomato, Chilli and Garlic Greens

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Spicy Lobster Pasta

Spicy Lobster Pasta is one of the result from my foraging on Jakarta’s traditional fish market, Muara Angke. This wet, crowded and damn smelly fish market provide many range of seafood product; many kinds of fish, clams, crabs, lobsters and rare seafood like mantis shrimp with incredibly less expensive price compare to the modern fish market and seafood restaurant. Just make sure that you’ve understand about seafood product, since there’s also sold unfresh and fake product like red snapper and clams that had been fortified with non-food coloring to attract the customers.

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Pasta with Lobster in Spicy Seasoning

I purchased 8 spinny lobster with totally 3.7 kilos weight (doubt this is the correct weight) for about 13 USD for a single kilo. Make sure you’ve giving your best shoots on bargain in Muara Angke traditional fish market sice the fish monger used to upscale their price for tourist.  Ask the cheaper price when you buying a large amount, if you only buy a kilo or two, the fish monger give it on 15-17 USD a kilo, but he’ll give you 13-14 USD a kilo for purchasing more than two kilos.

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Lobster Noodle, Mie Lobster

Spicy lobster pasta with cherry tomato, chilli and garlic green was a simple lobster recipe that won’t failed in your special occation. Tangy cherry tomato with a savoury touch from slightly browned garlic green and a little kick’in from cayenne pepper is just what all needed to present the natural sweetness of the lobster. If you like, you can simmer the lobster head first to extract the flavour and using it to the pasta. Some people like to completely peel off the meat out of the shell, but i choose to serve it within the shell.

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Spinny Lobster, Lobster Batu

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Lobster with Angel Hair Pasta, Cherry Tomato, Garlic Green and Chilli

Spicy Lobster Pasta Recipe:



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  • 1 Medium size Lobster (about 500 gr), cleaned , cut into pieces
  • 250 gr angel hair pasta, cook with package instruction
  • 3 garlic green , finely chopped the bulb and crosswise cut the spring leaf
  • 2 chilli/cayenne pepper (cabe merah), finely chopped
  • 10 cherry tomato,  sliced
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • a pinch of mix italian herbs
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup white wine or cooking wine


  • Heat up olive oil in a  large wok pan, saute the chopped garlic green bulb until slightly brown
  • Add the lobster and continue to saute another 2 minutes
  • Add the tomato and cayenne pepper, saute for about 5 minutes until the cherry tomato got soften
  • Add the wine, water, soy sauce and bring it to boil, simmer for about 5 minutes
  • Add the pasta and season with salt, pepper and mix italian herbs
  • Let the liquid evaporated and stir it adequately
  • Serve the spicy lobster pasta immediately

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