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Ayam Pongteh

Me and my Nyonya cooking. Guess there is no end and if you are asking me, I don't think I will put a bracket to Malacca or Penang calling and coming Nyonya dishes. We did speak about Nyonya cuisine in quite a length previously (Chicken Vindaloo, Kuih Buah MelakaPenang Assam Laksa) and in other recipes as well? Henceforth, lets just put a stop to speaking further on the same thing over and over again (Devil's Curry, Dried Shrimp Sambal, Masak Lemak Ikan Asin Nenas & Nyonya Lam Mee) instead of getting to the gist of this Ayam Pongteh. What is Ayam Pongteh or Pongteh Chicken? Basically, chicken cooked alongside potatoes, taucheo/fermented soy paste, chilies, vinegar and other kitchen friendly user ingredients, and for the end result of broad and wide burst of spiciness, saltiness and and nuttiness (Ayam Masak Tiga Rasa, Chilli ChickenAyam Goreng Berempah, Ayam Masak Merah & Chicken Devil Curry).

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 vinegar
1 inch ginger - slice
5 garlic - chop
5 shallots - chop
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. 


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

  10. 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 :-)

  11. 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.

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

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

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

  15. You just inspired me what to make for dinner tonight delicious


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