Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Ayam Kecap - Chicken in Soy Sauce
I wasn't feeling very well yesterday and wanted something warm, something comforting, but yet still easy to put together (typical me)...and suddenly I thought of this dish I grew up with, ayam kecap (chicken in soy sauce), cooked the way it's cooked at home, again minimum ingredients, maximum deliciousness.
- one whole chicken, cut into parts (or you can buy the ones that's already butchered, or you can use chicken fillet), remove excess skin and fatty bits, keep some skin though, it makes the soup really luscious
- 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
- hot water, soy sauce, white pepper, salt
Add chicken pieces into a pot, our hot water just enough to cover the chicken pieces, pour about 3/4 ladle of soy sauce, half a teaspoon of salt, a dash of pepper, bring to boil. Once boiling, simmer under low heat until the chicken meat is super tender and the meat absorbs the flavor of soy sauce (which will happen in no time if you used chicken fillet). Since I used a whole chicken and I have a pressure cooker, I pressure cook it for 20 minutes...and done.
Sometimes it is tempting to add this and that...five spice powder, sugar, shaoxing wine, oyster sauce, vegetables, tofu , etc etc etc...but really...you don't need any. This time I successfully kept it as minimum as it originally was and it's finger smacking delicious!
Serve with steamed rice. Back home, my sister and I would break down every single piece of meat off the chicken and gnaw on each bone with our bare hands...eat plates after plates of rice...with a few pieces of kerupuk...our legs up on our chairs, sweat dripping down our backs. Not too elegant perhaps, but what a memorable pleasure! I'm now too pregnant to eat with my legs up my chair...but I still used my hands to wrestle with my dinner last nite and it made me feel a wholeee lot better.
Hope you'd enjoy this ridiculously easy dish too :)