HD, and others wanting to try your hand at Shanghai Jimmy's famous Chili Rice, the actual recipe is no where to be found! But... you can come close to making something like Jimmy served. by using a lean ground, or finly chopped, meat like round steak. Jimmy probable used that but I like sirloin. Jimmy may have browned the meat a bit but I have many times done it northern style by skipping the browning process and just adding water. If you do brown the meat don't drain it! Jimmy used a pat of margarine as an option to fattin it up. I like to cook the rice in butter. A quarter stick for 1 lb. of rice.
Born In OKC suggested using some Wick Fowler's chili seasoning but maybe just half the mix. I use it all, or sometimes Carrol Shelby's, but for a bit over 2 lbs. of meat. The kinda unusual bay leaf, sugar, and lemon juice, from Jimmy's LP record posted here earlier in the thread, (for you younger folks thats something kinda like a big CD :~) ), are things I use. I like lime juice instead of lemon sometimes.
One thing I used while looking for a maybe secret ingredent was Soy Sauce. Just one tbs. per lb. of meat. You could just try adding some to a small portion to see how you like it.
Jimmy was known as the king of options. Chopped onions, celery, sweet relish, and "Jimmy's Sauce" that was a kinda picante type stuff, were optional toppings. I like chopped pickled jalapenos w/ mine but I am known to put that on almost anything. I may have forgotten an option or two?
Oh, and at least at some of his locations, Jimmy used a powdered cheese, like what comes in Mac n Cheese, as an option. I just use mild grated Cheddar of Colby. This is not added to the chili while cooking.
Oyster Crackers, like in were offrred as a side but you could always put some on top. This is a must have I think.
Jimmy put the rice, then the option of a pat margarine (not butter most think), then the option of cheese (most think under the chili), and then the chili. He served his Chili Rice and a paper cup type thing. I just use a bowl. You could order double layers of all this from Jimmy if you wanted.
Jimmy's recamended drink w/ Chili Rice was lemonade. It is supprisingly good w/ chili Rice! Sometimes I dring beer.
Is this Shanghai Jimmy's reacipe? Well his secret recipe remains just that. But... re read this thread, and take your choices above, and I think you will be on your way to making some real good Chili Rice, that is somewhat close to what made this dish so foundly remembered by most all who were lucky enough to have had it.
Oh, feel free to ask quistions if you like. Maybe others who have had Jimmy's Chili Rice might chime in I hope.
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