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Thursday, 9 August 2012

Nyonya Ayam Sioh / Chicken in Coriander & Tamarind Sauce

Yes, it is true that sometimes when we browsed the pages in the cookbook or in the websites and if a photo of that food doesn't look appealing we would usually ignore it without thinking to give it a try first.  Are you one of it?  Maybe your answer would be "sometimes".

As what Lisa H. of From My Lemony Kitchen described in this "Nyonya Ayam Sioh", nothing really that appealing and plain looking dish but as I read on the content of this dish, she urged us to try this and said we will fall in love with this dish!

So I give it a try today!  The verdict? It is so fragrant and taste delicious ~ the main ingredient is the coriander and I usually loves sour sauce.

"Nyonya Ayam Sioh " / Chicken in Coriander & Tamarind Sauce

8 chicken drumsticks
1 brown onion, pounded & extract the juice
½ cup soy bean paste / taucu
1 tbsp dark soy sauce
½ cup coriander seeds, pan fried/roasted & grind fine
2 tbsp tamarind paste (or 100g tamarind pulp strained & extract with 1 cup water)
2 tbsp sugar

Heat cooking oil and sauté onion pulp till golden brown.

Add in chicken and the bean paste.  Mix well.

Add in the grind coriander, dark soy sauce, tamarind juice and the onion extract.  Add in sugar.  Add about ½ cup water if the sauce is too thick.

Cook till the gravy thickened and the chicken is cooked thoroughly.

To serve:  Heat 2 tbsp of oil in frying pan, fry chicken with some gravy till slightly brown.

This dish is easy to cook, why not give it a try.  Nyonya dish is always delicious!

  The gravy can makes you go for another plate of rice!

Oh, after I have posted / published this dish out, Wendy of Table for 2...or more informed and suggested me to submit it to Malaysian Food Fest hosted by yummylittlecooks.  And why not?  Ayam Sioh is a nyonya dish and it should be from Melaka!

I am submitting this post to Malaysian Food Fest 
hosted by Cindy of YummyLittleCooks


  1. You are right, I am guilty of judging a dish by how it looks in the photo. I saw this Ayam Sioh picture in my recipe book and it was just brown. Hah! Hah! So I ignore it. That's really silly but I think your presentation is very good. It does look delicious and I am convinced to cook it!

    1. Hi Phong Hong,
      There's alot of version for this Ayam Sioh. Try your recipe and see how it taste and give some comment for it; and I can try yours too!

  2. 晚餐时间,我自备了碗白饭来趁热吃!嘻嘻~

  3. That said, don't judge a book by its cover. It's quite hard to present a dish with all ingredients in brown. But you did the good job.

  4. Since you highly recommended this dish, I must try one day.

  5. Mel,
    Since this is a nyonya dish, is it from Melaka?
    Why not submit this to our event?

  6. Hi Mel, your ayam sioh look excellent. I can have extra rice with the gravy itself.

    Have a nice week ahead.

    P/S I'd posted my passion fruit ice cream & cake.

  7. This is new to me but I love the rich color of the sauce!

  8. Hi Mel, thank you for joining MFF ( Melaka Month) :)

    Look at that gravy, oh my...yum...

  9. Gosh!
    We really love the way you shot Nyonya Ayam Sioh
    You are really not just a food blogger, we think that you are a professional food photographer.

    As a food photography site, we're always looking for best food pictures to feature on our site

    Why don't you submit yours and make other people hungry.
    You know it’s fun to make others hungry. Especially when they are so hungry they finally want to create your recipe. :)
    It is worth the try. :)