Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Madam Chin's Easy Soya Sauce Chicken

Madam Chin is my grandmother who is touching 91. She's my dad's mom and a mother to 9 children.

One of the best recipes come from my grandma. She cooks the best stuffed crabs, the best braised ikan terubok with black beans and the best soya sauce chicken. In fact, her salted chicken is a family favourite.

But she's 91 now and can hardly walk, what more cook. She now spends her time in her room, watching TV, reading magazines and talking to her sons and daughters and grandchildren.

My grandma's soya sauce chicken is my life-saver for days when I do not know what to cook or when I get too darn lazy to cook.

This recipe is a sure success because the ingredients are easily found in any good kitchen. It's also a dish for children because they will love the soya sauce gravy to bits. It's a foolproof dish that keeps well and one that you will adore for its so easy and quick to prepare. (My husband loves this dish too!)

And if someone asks you where you got this recipe, do acknowledge that it came from Madam Chin from Penang, Malaysia. ;-) It's proper that she gets the accolades.

Soya Sauce Chicken

2 chicken thighs
1/2 bowl good quality soya sauce (Lee Kum Kee)
3 bowls water or enough to cover the chicken
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
dash of pepper
3-4 tbsp dark soya sauce
5 slices young ginger
1 stalk spring onion, cut into 2" lengths
3-4 cloves garlic, smashed, skin removed
3 tbsp butter

In a pot, put all ingredients except chicken and bring to a brisk simmer for 10 minutes. Add chicken and cover pot. Simmer for another 15 -20 minutes until the chicken is done.

Before you serve, bring the dish to boil again and thicken the gravy with some corn flour. That's it!

Try it and let me know if you like Madam Chin's easy chicken recipe.
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