When we were young, my mom would cook this soupy chicken with potatoes with lots of ginger and garlic. And we love it! I remember flooding my rice with the soupy gravy and would happily slurp on the leftovers the next day. The adults, of course, they would not "flood" the rice with the soup, but would eat this dish with rice and some sambal belacan as a condiment.
This is one of the Nyonya dish from my childhood that I cook quite often at home. I love the soupy gravy, the potatoes and the ginger, eaten with sambal belacan or on lazy days, with sliced birds's eye chillies and soy sauce. Sometimes when I made this, I would travelled back in time with fond memories and "flood" my rice with the soupy gravy, mixed with the longing of going back in time when my mom was around.
I would be the one who would finish every last piece of the ginger.
Fermented soya bean paste and pounded garlic
Have you heard of this Nyonya dish before? Do you have your own family recipe for this dish? Or perhaps may have seen it from some recipe books, but my mom's version uses lots of ginger. The garlic are pounded to a paste and sometimes, some additional garlic cloves are sliced to be fried together with the julienned ginger, optional. You might want to give it a try, this is really a simple and yummy dish, one that most kids would love. I could happily eat the whole bowl pictured above as it is without any rice. Love it!
I'm linking this post to Little Thumbs Up event, the ingredient for this month is Ginger, hosted by Chef and Sommelier, organized by Zoe from Bake For Happy Kids and Doreen from my little favourite D.I.Y.
Ayam Masak Oh
half a chicken
3"-4" piece root ginger, slice to about 3/4 cup of julienned ginger strips
2 heaped tablespoons fermented soy bean paste
6-8 cloves garlic, pounded to a paste
2-3 cloves garlic, sliced thinly
4-5 potatoes, peeled and quartered
3 cups water
1 tsp black soy sauce
2-3 tablespoons canola oil
light soy sauce to taste, if necessary
- Prepare the chicken : Discard the fats and skin. Chop chicken to medium-sized pieces.
- Heat oil in a deep saucepan or medium stewing pot. Add ginger and sliced garlic, saute until light brown and fragrant, do not let it be too brown. Reduce heat to low and add in soy bean paste and garlic paste, stir to combine about 1-2 minutes until fragrant. Add in the chicken pieces, stir until chicken are fully coated with the paste and no longer pink.
- Add in water. Increase heat to medium-high, cover and let it come to a boil. Reduce heat and let simmer for 5 minutes. Add in black soy sauce and potatoes. Stir and cover, simmer for about 20 minutes until potatoes are tender and chicken is cooked. Taste for saltiness, you may add a little light soy sauce if necessary, though I usually do not need to add anymore as the fermented soy bean paste is already salty.
- Enjoy with plain rice.