How to Cook Nyonya-Style Braised Chicken With Potatoes

by Sunny Flemingo

This is a Peranakan stew that showcase the marriage of Chinese and Malay culture. The hallmark of this dish is the usage of taucu, a salted soy bean or fermented soy bean with potatoes and soy sauce.


  • 1 Large Red Onion, finely diced
  • 5 Cloves Garlic, fincely minced
  • 3 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil
  • ¼ Cups Salted Soy Beans (Taucu)
  • 3 Tablespoons Dark Caramel Soy Sauce
  • 3 Tablespoons Kicap Manis
  • 2 Tablespoons Dark Brown Sugar/ Palm Sugar (adjust to taste)
  • Salt (to taste)
  • 800 Grams Diced Chicken
  • 2 Large red potatoes, diced
  • 1 ½ Cups Water
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    Heat pan with some oil. Fry Onion till caramalised. You may add a pinch of salt with the onions while frying.

    Step 2

    Now add the mince garlic.

    Step 3

    Add Salted Soy beans (taucu) to the fried garlic & onion mixture. Cook for 1-2 minutes.

    Step 4

    Now add the kicap manis, dark caramel soy sauce, palm sugar & water.

    Step 5

    Add the diced potatoes and chicken. Cook for 1- 1 1/2 hours. Taste and adjust the salt and kicap manis for sweetness.

    Step 6

    Serve this with plain steam rice.