Category Archives: Chinese

Claypot chicken with potatoes

One pot meals… What can I say.. it’s a life saver. I love claypot chicken rice..  I mean luvvv it and I still remember the smell wafting down the road from the seedy looking restaurant near my school.. Dirty as it looked the smells were awesome.. 😜 char koey teow, carrot cake.. Claypot chicken rice.. 😜 😜

I was divided between throwing the whole thing into the slow cooker or the claypot but alas time wasn’t on my side. I’m sure it would taste awesome coming out of the slow cooker with the meat falling off the bone. This one requires some searing to get some colour on the chicken wings.



Serves 4

  • 500g chicken wings
  • 300g of potatoes
  • 3 tbsp of chinese cooking  wine or sake
  • 5 scallions cut into 2 inches in length
  • 2 cm of ginger sliced
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tsp dark soy sauce or kecap manis
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1-2 tsp of sugar

Marinate the chicken wings with the cooking wine or sake for about 30 minutes. While it marinates, slice the ginger and scallions… And literally that’s it. So cool right.

Get your claypot or a wok, add about 2-3 tbsp of vegetable oil and sear the chicken and potatoes for a few minutes till you get the nice roasted colour. Add the ginger and scallions saving some for garnish later. Pour about a cup of water to just about submerge the chicken and add salt to taste. Let it simmer on medium low heat for about 10 minutes then add the light soy sauce and dark soy sauce to the pan together with the 1.5 tsp of sugar and the potatoes.  Check seasoning and add black pepper powder to taste .Let this simmer for about 20 min and it’s done. Add a tsp of Sesame oil and serve with jasmine rice and stir fried broccoli.


Chicken Siew Mai ( Shu Mai)

I am not really a fan of dim sum but my hubby loves it and so my son loves it now ( like father like son!) I happened to come across this recipe and and what struck me was how simple it was to make it. No way it could be that simple! but it was! Sheesh guys..just make this at home if u love siew mai. It’s so much healthier and you know what’s going into it! Bon appetite!

Recipe (adapted from Rasa Malaysia)

  • 225g chicken fillets, coarsely minced
  • 8 prawns, peeled, deveined and sliced small
  • 3 small fresh shitake mushrooms, sliced fine
  • 1 tbsp. scallion ( white part only)
  • 1 tbsp. grated ginger
  • 1 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 3 dashes of white pepper powder
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1/2 tbsp corn flour
  • a pinch of salt
  • wantan wrappers

Grind the chicken fillet coarsely in a food processor. Then add the sliced mushrooms, ginger, scallions, minced prawns and all of the seasoning. Mix well and keep in the fridge for 20 minutes for the flavours to fuse  together.

Now get your wanton wrappers, put a tsp of the chicken mixture in the centre of the wantan wrapper, dab a little water along the edges of the wrapper then cup it into a small basket. Put a green pea as garnish in the centre. Do the same with all of the minced chicken. Makes about 15-17. Steam in a bamboo steamer ( I used my stainless steamer ) for 5 minutes and serve hot.