Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Soy Sauce Chicken Drumsticks [Si Yau Kai]

Another of my New Year 2014 resolution accomplished.  I promised to try the lovely recipes shared generously by many food bloggers.    This one is from The Fuss Free Chef.  Esther has posted this recipe which I have bookmarked to try. Recently, I did it but with some adjustments. I used chicken drumsticks and firm beancurd as I wasn't in the mood for too much meat for a weekend meal.
Verdict - Chicken meat is sweet and tasty.  The flesh isn't dry or overcooked eventhough it is simmered for 40 minutes.   Sauce is flavourful spread over rice.  My hubby gave a Thumbs Up for it and I am very happy seeing him enjoying this easy and simple to prepare meal.   It's a keeper then as I can make use of the remaining sauce to braise other ingredients like eggs, pork rolls, chicken wings or whole chicken and maybe tofu puffs.  Just top up with the braising ingredients again, I believe the sauce will get tastier each time.
[serves 3]
3 chicken Maryland [about 800 gm] - I used 3 drumsticks [about 600 gm]
3 pieces firm beancurd 
2 tsp each of oil and sesame oil
Dry Ingredients
5 cloves garlic - keep whole with skin
2 inch piece of ginger - lightly smashed
2 star anise
1 piece cinnamon stick [1.5 inch]
10 peppercorns
1 large piece dried orange peel
1 piece liqourice stick [ganchao]
2 stalks spring onions - cut 2-3 inches in length
Liquid Ingredients
100 - 120 ml light soy sauce [good quality]
1-2 tsp dark soy sauce
500 ml water
60 gm rock sugar
  1. Rinse chicken and leave skin on.
  2. Using a heavy based steel pot or non stick pot [I used a claypot, next time I'll use a bigger pot so that the chicken and beancurd can be fully immersed in the liquid without adding more water], heat the oils and gently fry the aromatics until fragrant.
  3. Pour in the liquid seasonings and bring to a boil.  Turn down the fire and let the sauce simmer gently for about 10 minutes - Important Step.
  4. Add chicken and beancurd - make sure the sauce completely covers the chicken [if insufficient, add more water and adjust the taste].  The sauce should be quite salty with a tinge of sweetness and fruity after taste.  Let it simmer as gently as possible for about 40 minutes.
  5. Test if chicken is done, remove and let it rest for about 15 minutes [I left the chicken and beancurd in the liquid until serving time].
  6. Serve chicken as whole piece or sliced with rice and cucumber and tomato slices and more shredded spring onions.
Aren't this Yummy-licious?
Thanks to Esther for sharing this simple, easy Si Yau Kai recipe.


Anonymous said...

halo kimmy,
i always love all your cooking recipes,and dat where i learn my cooking,recently i bought a packet of orange colour type mee teow,,
can u help me,how to fried this teochew style with pork belly and koo chai,,hope u can share,,
thank u so much--

PH said...

Hi Kimmy, this is definitely yummilicious! I usually buy "si yau kai" from a restaurant nearby. They do it quite well, very delicious. It is about time I cook it myself.

Kimmy said...

Hi Miya, thanks for your feedback. I have posted 2 recipes using teochew mee teow: Family style stir fry teochew noodles and Fried spicy teochew mee teow. Both are tasty and yummy. Do look up these recipes under the noodles label.

Zoe said...

Hi Kimmy,

I remember this recipe from Esther. Glad that you have cooked this fantastic recipe and like it too :D


Kimmy said...

Hi Phong Hong, this is easy with simple ingredients but the outcome is worthy. I don't mind preparing this often to serve with rice or even noodles.

Kimmy said...

Hi Zoe, we come across yummy dishes in the food blogs, the main problem is time. There are so many recipes that I love to try..hehehe! This dish is good.

Bakericious said...

this is so good to eat with rice, I will sure drizzle with a lot of gravy heeheehee..

Copycake kitchen said...

Hi Kimmy, "Si Yao Kai" is a homey and lovely dish! yummy :)

Victoria Bakes said...

Oh I so miss si yau gai!! I have to try this at home after looking at your appetizing chicken

Lite Home Bake said...

I have tried this dish too and love it, we enjoy it with mee suah to soak up all the tasty gravy :)

Karen Luvswesavory said...

Hi Kimmy, I adapted my late mom's recipe on soy sauce chicken, quite similar ingredients except didn't put dried orange peels & ganchao. Will try add these for more flavoured taste. Thanks for sharing.

Kimmy said...

Hi Jess, that's exactly what I did. Also kept the balance sauce to prepare another batch. Very easy especially this hot season, very lazy to cook stir-fry dishes.

Kimmy said...

Hi Esther, this dish is suitable for all who can take chicken rice. Yummy, yummy.

Kimmy said...

Hi Victoria, get meaty chicken drumsticks or whole leg. The chicken is sweet and the texture is juicy and not dry.

Kimmy said...

Hi Lite Home Bake, thanks for the idea. I'll try serving the Si Yau Kai with noodles.

Kimmy said...

Hi Karen, looking forward to your post on your mum's Si Yau Kai recipe. My mum thinks Si Yau Kai is too plain, she never cook this.

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