Sunday, October 20, 2013

Ayam (Chicken) Pongteh

Chicken is a taboo for my man who believes that fish is the way to a healthy life. Surely I don't agree with his philosophy but as a true soul mate, I cook for his happiness. So chicken comes into the picture when he is travelling or for occasions. Occasions may not necessarily be about entertain friends at home. That long gone with the wind because there's no more energy to stand on the feet all day cooking and then let's not forget about the cleaning up. Occasions from time to time can be cooking and generously delivering the dishes to friends. Usually when I try new chicken recipes. 

Ayam pongteh I made for the first time. Certainly a popular Eurasian/Nyonya from Malacca (Visit Malacca) just like the Chicken Vindaloo and Mutton Devil Curry. Taucheo or the fermented soy beans is the star ingredient for pongteh. Salty it is but once cooked with chicken and the rest of the ingredients, its a layer of texture for the traditional pongteh-style. 

400g chicken - cut into bite sizes
2 potatoes - cut into chunks
2 tbsp taucheo 
4 red chillies - cut into 3-4 pieces
1 1/2 tbsp black/white vinegar
1 inch ginger - sliced
5 garlic - chopped
5 shallots - chopped
1 inch palm sugar
4 tbsp oil
Spring onion for garnishing
Salt for taste (taste before adding because as said, taucheo is salty)
Sauté ginger, garlic and shallots in heated oil.
Add taucheo and stir in.
Add potatoes and chicken. 
Stir and pour enough water for gravy and to cook potatoes and chicken. 
Add chillies and season with vinegar, palm sugar and salt. 
Stir for a couple of minutes.
Off the heat and combine in spring onion. 
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  1. Hi Nava, your ayam ponteh look so inviting and mouthwatering. Yes, beside ayam tempra, this is another exotic nyonya dish. Nice click.

    Have a wonderful weekend.

  2. Wow what a tempting chicken curry... mouthwatering

  3. It's so interesting to read about a new ingredient (taucheo) in this dish. Looks absolutely delicious! Fermented soya beans are usually made into chutney in our region but it's an acquired taste. Would love to try out taucheo some day...

  4. Lovely presentation Nava and curry looks so yum..

  5. Wow! Love the flavours in this chicken dish...just the way I Iike it. I can imagine how great this will taste. Looks gorgeous!

  6. Hi Nava , your ayam pongteh looks flavorsome ! At first glance , I thought it was something made with curry :D

  7. The chicken looks very tempting and delicious...

  8. Eventhough i am a veg This looks so inviting .Very simple and elegant dish.

  9. This is new to me and looks so yum

  10. Wow, mouthwatering. I have nominated you for versatile blogger award.

  11. Looking at your chicken makes me want to try my hand at this.. I don't think taucheo is something we can get here.. Is there a way we can make the paste from soy beans at home.. I'm sure it will make the dish more flavourful :-)

  12. Nilu - I think the paste can be made at home but over here we buy it. Its basically fermenting the beans with salt and kept for a long time.

  13. Sounds like a great dish to try :-)

  14. tempting clicks...btw hw r u dear...

  15. Looks so inviting and flavorful chicken dear Nava :)

  16. looks so flavorful and delicious.........the clicks are tempting as well


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