Category / Poultry
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
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
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
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
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Of the various type of meat that is popular in Asian kitchen, duck is often considered a bit of an after thought in this country. While you can find pork, beef, chicken, and mutton in almost every supermarket, duck is usually a bit harder to obtain.
The fact is, duck is just not a very popular meat here, and my best guess is the “duck smell” that many dislike, and that it is also less versatile and at the same time, more expensive than chicken.
ingredients for stew duck
That being said, stew duck is one of my favorite poultry dishes. My mom used to make this a couple times a year during festive seasons, and most of the time we’d finish the whole duck rather quickly.
As it turned out, while the process takes quite some time, stew duck isn’t a particularly difficult dish to cook.
This recipe is one that I find pretty simple to follow, and yet yield a pretty good result.
first, boil the ingredients in a frying pan
The ingredients are simple enough to obtain, and this is for half a duck that should sufficiently feed up to 3 person.
- half a duck
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 2 star anise
- half a dozen cloves
- 3-4 slices of ginger
- 1 bulb of garlic
- 1 lemongrass
- 3 tablespoon of dark soya suace
- 2 tablespoon of sugar
- salt to taste
- 1 cup of water
stew the duck for about one hour, cut before serving
- rub salt all over the duck and let sit for at least 15-20 minutes
- in a frying pan large enough for the duck, heat up water & dark soya sauce
- add cinnamon, star anise, cloves, sugar, ginger, pepper, and lemongrass, bring to boil
- reduce fire to simmer, and add duck, garlic
- use a soup ladle, pour sauce over duck to cook the exposed portion
- turn the duck over every 15 minutes and cook for about an hour
- add water if it gets too dry
- cut and serve!
and here’s half a duck, cut and served
The duck will shrink a bit after cooking. I prefer to cut them into bite size before serving, but that can get a little tricky when it’s piping hot.
The stew duck goes well with white rice, and for those who loves garlic, you’ll also enjoy that bulb of garlic that is now soft and soaked with rich ducky flavor!
Haze, KY, and Vinn who is obviously enjoying herself!
Happy cooking! For those who doesn’t care about cooking, you can have some good stew duck at Fatty stew duck at restaurant Okay, or the stew duck stall at PJ State.
Nam Yu is one those simple marinating ingredient that is quite rather, magical. Not only it can single handedly make your meat extra tasty, it is also very cheap, easy to store, and versatile (you can use it for porridge).
For the uninitiated, nam yu is the older cousin of fu yu (check out my fuyu pork recipe) – with the distinction that this fermented tofu is red in color instead of white. Nam Yu carries a stronger flavor and is a better candidate for marinate.
nam yu fried pork on a bed of lettuce (for presentation la)
Today lets look at one of my favorite beer foods you can make with nam yu, a recipe that is applicable to both pork and chicken (I prefer chicken wings, but any type of chicken cut will work)
marinate, dip in egg white, dip in flour, deep fried, done
- pork belly (or ribs, or chicken wings, etc)
- 3-4 cubes of nam yu
- black or white pepper to taste
- 2 egg white
- oil for frying
the same recipe works great with chicken wings too
- marinate pork or chicken with nam yu and pepper for at least 1 hour, the longer the better
- heat up cooking oil
- dip the pork/chicken into egg white, then flour (or corn flour) before deep frying
That’s it! The dish is really this simple. The chicken wings you see below is slightly over fried, I suggest frying with medium heat for longer instead of high heat fast to avoid burning the skin.
For those who are too lazy to cook, you can find pretty decent nam yu pork at Pan Heong, near batu caves, they serve some pretty awesome big prawn noodle and wat tan hor too.
This is easily one of my favorite dishes from mom when I was young. Every time mom made her signature chicken rice, I would take a second serving. I think if she had made this more often, perhaps I’d be 6 foot tall and weigh 80kg with pure muscle (or more likely, same height with extra 20kg fat)
awesome home cook chicken rice with chinese sausage
The ingredients are quite close to claypot chicken rice, but with a few extras that you typically wouldn’t find at hawker center.
While it does take a few extra steps to prepare, this isn’t a dish that is difficult to make at all, or have ingredients that are hard to source even if you aren’t reside in Malaysia (and crave for that claypot chicken rice). Here’s the recipe.
home cook chicken rice ingredients – chicken, mushroom, chinese sausage
The ingredients (for 2 pax):
- cooking oil
- 1 quarter chicken (thigh & drumstick)
- 2 Chinese sausage (lap cheong)
- mushroom of any type
- some garlic
- dark soya sauce, soya sauce, salt
- rice wine (optional)
- shallots & spring onion for garnish
fry the rice and ingredients, then continue in rice cooker
You do need both a frying pan and rice cooker to make this dish, but no, there’s no clay pot or charcoal flame needed in this case.
- debone and chopped chicken into bite size
- heat up 2-3 table spoon of cooking oil, then fry chicken & diced garlic till chicken not pink
- add sliced Chinese sausage and mushroom into the pan
- add 2 tablespoon of dark soya sauce and continue frying for another 2 minutes
- add half a teaspoon of salt and a few shakes of soya sauce (a bit of rice wine if available)
- add rice and fry for a coupe minutes longer
- put everything in rice cooker, add 1.3 cups of water and complete cooking in rice cooker as you would cook normal rice
prepare the condiments – fried shallots and spring onion
While waiting for the rice to cook, prepare some fried shallots and chopped some fresh green onion as garnish. They will greatly add to the overall flavor and texture to the chicken rice dish.
One or two stalks of green onion and a couple shallots would be enough.
haze enjoying the chicken rice with ABC soup
The result is two plates of absolutely delicious home cook chicken rice prepared only in around one hour or so. The dish is best accompanied with some clear soup (ABC, radish soup, etc). Optionally, you can also add some salted fish on top, I would if I had some good quality ones to go with.
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Got a request from the special one for chicken porridge. I have never cooked porridge before, but since I know the basics and happened to have bought some decent quality dried scallops from Vietnam, I did not hesitate to take on this project.
the finished product looks pretty good isn’t it?
After a short 15 minute trip to Giant and RM 7+ later, I got the necessary ingredients and started to get busy.
- 2.5 cups of rice
- 2 pieces of chicken ribs, remove meat from the rib bones
- sliced ginger
- 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
- some dried mushroom, sliced
- spring onion, chopped
- some dried scallop, sliced or whole
- boil about 8-10 cups of water, and add in ginger, chicken, and scallop to make chicken soup
- after 10-20 minutes, use everything from the chicken soup as the “water” to cook porridge
- you need around 3 times more water compared to cooking rice, for 2.5 cups of rice, have enough water in the pot for 7-8 cups of rice.
- add sliced mushroom in the pot and start cooking the porridge
- add salt to taste (2-3 tea spoon should suffice)
- fry the chopped garlic with vegetable oil till golden brown
- serve porridge with fried garlic and chopped spring onion
ingredients and the preparation method
The end product actually tasted pretty good. The dried scallop certainly contributed a dash of luxury to the taste of the chicken porridge. I actually had to add some soya sauce due to the conservative manner in salt usage, but it’s always better than having the whole pot goes to waste if too much salt is used.
Try it, if you don’t have a rice cooker with the porridge setting, a normal pot would work too, just have to watch out and not leave the porridge too dry.