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Braised Sweet Soy Chicken

Wednesday, 7 January 2009

Kecap Manis (sweet soy sauce) became one of my favourite sauces ever since I started using it last year. One of our flatmate's mom came over to visit and brought a bottle. I was curious as to what it tastes like, so I used for stir fry. I fell in love with the taste of it and started incorporating it in almost all of my dishes - it was the kecap manis phase. Jeff got sick of all the sweet tasting dishes and banned me from using it for awhile.

Came across Cookaloca's recipe for Babi Kecap and it triggered my crave for kecap manis once again! This dish reminds me of a Hokkien dish - tau yew bah (braised pork in soy sauce) which uses light soy sauce. I used chicken instead of pork because I only have chicken in the fridge and I was dying to try this recipe. Shows how strong my craving was. It turned out great especially the chicken wings! The meat was amazingly tender and tasty. It was quite sweet as expected.

Braised Sweet Soy Chicken Wings


  • 1kg Chicken pieces
  • 12 Chinese Mushrooms - soaked
  • 3/4 cup Kicap Manis
  • 3 tbs Light Soya Sauce
  • 1 tsp Five Spice Powder
  • 1 tsp White Pepper
  • 3 stalks Spring Onion
  • 15 slices Ginger
  • 1 bulb Garlic - peeled and crushed


  • Place all ingredients into a pot, add enough water to cover all ingredients*edited*, and leave for at least 1 hr.
  • Bring to boil then lower heat and simmer for about 1-1 1/2 hrs or until meat is tender.


23 oink oinks...:

Navita said...

kecap the look of the chicken

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

I love Kecap manis! Your dish looks fantastic!



Girl Japan said...

Hi there!!! Sweet Soy Chicken... OH my I am so THERE! I add your blog to my epicurean delight roll... you have some fabulous dishes!!!

pigpigscorner said...

Navita: Thanks! THe kecap manis gave it a nice colour.

Rosa:Thanks for visiting! I love kecap manis too! One of my must-have in the kitchen.

Girl Japan: Thanks! I love visiting your blog!

Jude said...

I love stuff using this stuff. So thick and sweet and great with spicy dishes.
Gotta say, that's some nice plating right there :)

Little Corner of Mine said...

Wow, you have beautiful pictures in your blog. Will sure to come back to visit. Thanks for visiting mine too. :)

Pam said...

The sauce sounds wonderful. I am sure it would work well with pork too.

♥Reeni said...

This looks delicious! Yummy!

pigpigscorner said...

Jude: Thanks! Trying to make my dishes look more delicious. I am still learning =)

Little Corner of Mine: Thanks! You have nice and bright pictures in your blog. I am still trying to get nicer lighting to take photographs since I hardly get any natural light here these days.

Pam The sauce is really tasty. I am sure it will esp with fatty pork =)

Reeni Thanks!

Christie @ fig & cherry said...

Fantastic presentation and photo! Braising is one of my favourite methods of cooking too!

pigpigscorner said...

Christie Thanks! I am still trying to improve my photography skills.

mycookinghut said...

This dish is just full with flavours!

pigpigscorner said...

mycookinghut Yes, it's really simple yet very tasty!

Angie  said...

"tau yew bah" HA! My mum always cooked this dish, but also with some Chinese dried mushrooms, sometimes with pan-fried tofu.

pigpigscorner said...

I love tau yew bah with rice! I've never had it with pan-fried tofu though.

Anonymous said...

Could you please clarify when you say 3/4 cup, exactly what sort of cup are you referring to?

pigpigscorner said...

I make all my measurements using graded measuring cups. I have a set which range in sizes from 1/4 cup to 1 cup(1 cup=250ml).

Only for rice, I use a rice cup that comes with the rice cooker. (1 rice cup=180ml)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the prompt reply. One last question, when you say to leave all ingredients in the pot for an hour, is that with water or without?

pigpigscorner said...

That's with enough water to cover all ingredients. Sorry about that, my bad.

Anonymous said...

No, not at all. Loving your recipes. Keep 'em coming!! Thanks. =)

pigpigscorner said...

Thanks for visiting =)

nora@ffr said...

impressive! beyond impressive!! m already craving.. yumm yumm!!

pigpigscorner said...

I highly recommend this dish! Looking at it makes me want to cook this again!

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