Chicken Simmered with Green Onions and Sweet Soy Sauce (Ayam O)

Ayam_O (1 of 1) Hi. Back from Germany. Turns out that I was too busy to cook for the blog while there. I did have tons of great food there, which I’ll try to recreate in future blogs. Great game tonight between Germany and Brazil (though, I feel bad for Brazil). Anyway, tonight’s dish is a very simple, delicious Indonesian chicken dish. There is no heat in this dish, but you can add some if you like. Browning the chicken first (which I don’t think is very Indonesian) helps to keep the chick very moist. Yum — hope you’ll try it tonight!

2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut up into large chunks
2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
3 large cloves garlic, peeled and finely grated or minced
1 inch ginger, peeled and finely grated
1 tsp brown or palm sugar
1/2 tsp granulated terasi
2 spring onions, chopped (reserve some for garnish)
3 Tbsp kecap manis
2 Tbsp water

Combine chicken chunks with salt and pepper in a large bowl. Set aside (let stand 10 minutes).

Heat oil in a wok or large frying pan over high heat. Add chicken and brown 3 minutes. Add garlic and stir-fry another 1 minute.

Add ginger, brown sugar and stir. Add terasi and stir-fry for 2 minutes.

Stir in spring onions, soy sauce and water. Cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer 25 minutes. Remove lid and cook another 5 minutes, or until sauce is very thick. Serve with steamed coconut rice and peeled, quartered hard-boiled eggs.

Serves 4.


8 thoughts on “Chicken Simmered with Green Onions and Sweet Soy Sauce (Ayam O)

    1. AnotherDish Post author

      Thanks, Fae. There’s so much interesting food in Germany.; from local cuisine (from Frankfurter Schnitzel mit grüner Soße to Handkäse mit Musik), to Turkish döner) it’s all so good!

  1. tinywhitecottage

    Welcome back and what a fabulous chicken recipe to return with. I’ll have to look up both terasi and keycap manis… and I too am looking forward to your German food posts.

  2. Hari Qhuang

    Ah, this is a Peranakan Chinese Dish.

    Ayam O is fused from two words from two different languages.
    Ayam = chicken (Indonesian)
    O = black (Chinese – Hokkian dialect)
    It simply means blackened chicken.

    The Cantonese folks usually blacken the pork legs and hard boiled eggs.
    You should try that!


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