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It’s been too long since the last recipe was posted on this blog, so here goes.

This soya sauce chicken dish was first made by Haze off a recipe she obtained online, it turned out pretty good but I thought there were something lacking, so after giving it a bit of thought I came up with this version that took a cue from the tau eu bak recipe.

cloves, star anise, cinnamon stick, ginger, garlic
cloves, star anise, cinnamon stick, ginger, garlic

The ingredients are pretty similar to the tau eu bak – your usual suspects of Chinese/Nyonya cooking. I use chicken wings as the meat, but you can substitute this with any part of chicken, and I have reasonable confidence that it’ll work well with duck too.

  • 1-2 star anise
  • 3-4 cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • half a bulb of garlic
  • 2 slices of ginger (more if you’re cooking duck)
  • half a cup of soya sauce
  • 1 tablespoon of dark soya sauce
  • sugar to taste (1-2 teaspoon)
  • 1.5 cups of water
  • 4 chicken wings

1 part soya sauce, 3 part water
1 part soya sauce, 3 part water

The cooking instruction is about as simple as you can get:

  • bring water and soya sauce to boil (1 part soya sauce, 3 part water)
  • add chicken, star anise, garlic, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves
  • let simmer for 30 minutes
  • add sugar and dark soya sauce
  • simmer for another 5 minutes or till sauce thickens
  • serve while hot

simmer for 30 mins, add sugar and a dash of dark soya sauce
simmer for 30 mins, add sugar and a dash of dark soya sauce

The difference between this and the “original” recipe was the addition of dark soya sauce, this thickens the sauce quite a bit and adds a bit of complexity that sugar can’t bring out.

This is a very easy dish to cook and best enjoy with steamed rice. Happy cooking!

soya sauce chicken wings, le slurps
soya sauce chicken wings, le slurps

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Discuss : KY cooks – Soya Sauce Chicken

  1. foodcrazee

    interesting. . . . . . i usually add the dark soy sauce together as it will be absorb by the chicken meat and will create a darker hue. just me 2 cents though!

  2. Simple and nice. 🙂 I did cook this once me thinks…

    You should add dark brown sugar for an interesting flavor. 🙂

  3. wah you can open your own restaurant already serving KY home-cooked dishes!

  4. i think it’s the soy sauce used that make or break this type of dish..used the best quality and you’ll taste the difference.

  5. with ginger, garlic, cloves, star anise AND cinnamon in it, it’s gotta be pretty healthy, right! a recipe that can combat everything from fatigue to runny noses! 😀

  6. Nice! I would have gone with drumsticks coz I’m not a big fan of chicken wings…doesn’t have enough meat on it. 😀

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