Friday, August 24, 2012

Foodie Friday - Osmanthus Soy Sauce Chicken

Chicken – 1pc (about 1.5 – 2kg)
Instant braised powder – 1 packet
Ginger – 3 slices
Spring onion – 5 stalks
Red yeast rice – 1 tblsp
Dried osmanthus – 1 n half tblsp
Rice wine – 50ml
Sesame oil – an appropriate amount

Soy sauce – 500ml
Rock sugar – 180g
Water – 2000ml

(1) Put red yeast rice, osmanthus and instant braised powder packet, ginger, spring onion and seasoning into a soup pot.
(2) Use big fire to bring water to boil after that turn down to small fire for about 30mins till the water become braised sauce.
(3) Clean the chicken, sauteed it for a few minutes in boiling water, remove from pot.
(4) Put the chicken into the boiling braised sauce and add in rice wine.
(5) Turn fire to small after it starts to boil and cook for another 30mins.
(6) Remove the chicken, let the sauce drip dry then brush sesame oil on the chicken
(7) Chop up the chicken and serve.

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In case you can't find the packet of braised powder (I saw it once at Sheng Siong supermarket), here is a rough idea how to make the braised sauce;

* 1 star anise
* 1 cinnamon stick
* 1 piece of galangal (blue ginger), about thumb size, cleaned
* 6 cloves garlic (depending on your preference), bruised but with skin on
* 2 tablespoon soya sauce
* 2 tablespoon oyster sauce
* 2 tablespoon dark soya sauce
* 500ml of water

Put every thing into the pot and bring to boil.  You may adjust the amount for each ingredient to suit your own taste.

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I did not follow the instruction (2) & (5) to boil the chicken & braised sauce for 30mins, instead after the sauce starts boiling I put it into my thermal cooker to cook till dinner time which is at least 3-4 hours later.  Therefore I do not know whether you need to boil more then 30mins for the chicken to be soft.  Also I did not cut up the chicken (too messy for me), we just tear the chicken with our utensils as its so soft that it will tear easily.

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  1. slurrrrrrrpppp!!!! Looks really good! If am not mistaken, there are ready made braise sauces in bottles too! :)

    1. They have in bottles too? But I still like to make it from scratch :)

  2. Yummy!!! Thanks for sharing the recipe. I didn't think of adding osmanthus. Will try this out :)

    1. The osmanthus has a very nice fragrance, and adds on to the overall taste of the chicken.

  3. where to get red yeast rice and dried osmanthus?

    1. I got it from the neighbourhood chinese medical hall.

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    3. Thanks! I don't really patronise chinese medical hall because most chinese ingredient like wolfberries, red dates can be found in supermarket and wet market. Now I have a reason to start doing so! Probably they have some other hidden jewels too... hehehe... =)
      Thanks again!

    4. Yupe, buying those herbs fm Chinese Medical hall are fresher too, IMHO =) Let me know if u cant find these 2 ingredients, I'll mail them to u.

  4. Wow, this looks really juicy and good and the use of Osmanthus? I can only imagine the fragrance. Yumz

    1. Try it! You have the thermal pot right? Use it, the chicken meat will be very soft.

    2. Yes I doi! I will write down all the ingredients needed and attempt this when the helper is away on home leave. :) Thanks for sharing!