Friday, 7 November 2014

Kay Hong Version 2.0 (Terengganu Braised Chicken Version 2.0)


OK. Confession time. A few years ago in the midst of preparing to cook Kay Hong, I realised to my horror that there was barely half a tablespoon of taucheow (beanpaste) left in the bottle. Yaarrghh!!!! The pork belly, chicken and other ingredients were all ready including the prized hard boiled eggs.


I couldn't jolly well dash out to Jusco in the hot sun and battle with the weekend crowd just to get a bottle of taucheow. So what did I do? There was a bottle of chilli bean paste (toban djan) in the fridge and I figured out that it's some sort of beanpaste too, so why not use that as a substitute? I went ahead and guess what, the Kay Hong turned out really well. Just as good as the original version with added spiciness. 


Although my little mishap lead to a new version of Kay Hong, next time I may not be so lucky. Lesson learnt. Be sure to do an ingredient check before cooking or baking. The recipe below is taken from my original Kay Hong post with ordinary beanpaste substituted with chilli bean sauce.



Spicy Kay Hong (Terengganu Braised Chicken)
Recipe source : Phong Hong

Ingredients :
- 2 chicken legs (cut into bite sized pieces)
- 1 pork belly (cut into 1 inch slices)
- 6 hardboiled eggs
- 15 shallots
- 3 cloves garlic
- 2 tbsp Chilli Bean Paste (toban djan)
- 2 tbsp kayciap (or ABC sauce/sweet soya sauce)
- 2 tbsp dark soya sauce
- Palm sugar (gula Melaka) to taste
- 700 ml water (adjust for consistency, use less for thicker gravy)

Method :
- Blend shallots, garlic and chilli bean paste. Saute the blended paste until fragrant.
- Add pork belly and fry for about 10 minutes.
- Add water, kayciap/sweet soya sauce, dark soya sauce, gula Melaka and hard boiled eggs.
- Bring to a boil and simmer for 30 minutes before adding chicken.
- Simmer until chicken is cooked and tender.

53 comments:

  1. First time I hear Kay Hong, sounds like a lenglui's name, haha.. I actually like the name Kay for girls.. If I have a daughter, I'd name her Kay.. Really.. Ok, back to your chicken+pork dish.. When I see the first picture, I straight scroll to the ingredients.. If I omit the kayciap (actually, what's this?), it looks exactly like braised chicken/pork with tauchoo/oyster sauce, with eggs.. And I love this dish.. Anything with pork and egg and gravy, you know it's very "hoi wai" and "yap mei" and "cheh farn" already.. I must eat this with rice, very good :)

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    1. Ya hor? hee..hee... Kayciap is a black sweet sauce made from the by product of budu (fermented fish). It is peculiar to Terengganu and you can't find it elsewhere. Can use kicap manis in place of kayciap. Only Terengganu people will notice the difference :)

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  2. Looks really nice. I would prefer it spicy anytime. Taucheo? Does the original taste anything like ayam pongteh? I think they have that in it too.

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    1. This is similar to Ayam Pongteh. I suppose this is a variation of the pongteh as nonyas in different states would have their own spin of the same dish.

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  3. Kay Hong?? haha.. what an interesting name!! when I read this name of the dish, I had a few thoughts in mind..

    1. Kay Hong is Phong Hong's sister ke?? hihihi..

    2. Kay Hong sounds like "chicken breast" or "chicken blood" in Cantonese, haha!!

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    1. That's exactly what I thought too!

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    2. hah..hah... Like what Louiz said, it sounds like a girl's name :) I never thought of it that way hee..hee...

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  4. so this Kay Hong means Terengganu style braised chicken!! hmmm, and I see there is not only chicken but also pork belly and egg!! ah, chicken and egg - who comes first?? - and the belly of the pig would tell!! hehehe.. okay, lame joke I know.. but gosh, this dish is really looking delicious!! forget the meat and egg but I think the gravy already can make me eat more rice!! sinful..

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    1. hah..hah...you are always so funny :D Yes, the gravy itself is very tasty. Nice to put lots on rice.

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  5. Banyaknya ingredients! Not only ayam.

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  6. The famous "kay hong" dish version 2 (spicy version)....wow, really must try out.... really Phong Hong, I love this kay hong dish so much. It is so tasty and delicious!

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    1. Thanks, Mel! I am glad that this Terengganu dish is also appreciated by people from other states :)

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  7. With 3 ingredients in 1 dish, everyone is bound to get something they like...be it chicken, pork belly or egg ;) Looks pretty easy to make!

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    1. It is an easy dish. Somehow, the egg gets the most attention :)

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  8. I can go for extra rice with this dish...

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  9. MIL pandai make this. she put a lot of telur rebus in it

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    1. Telur rebus is the most popular item. Pork belly pun kalah.

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  10. Hi Phong Hong,
    I guess it is a blessing in disguise that you've run out of the tau cheow! Now you've got another delicious dish! Looks so yummy, love the spiciness in this dish, must cook more rice!

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    1. Hi Joyce! Yup, glad I discovered this spicy version. Definitely calls for lots of rice!

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  11. I shall take note of your advice on ingredient checking and promptly forget about it within minutes. That's how I always end up in cooking disasters :D

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    1. hah..hah... Sometimes there are substitutes but at other times, you simply can't replace an item.

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  12. This is the first time that I have heard of this dish. Interesting.

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    1. It is very much a Terengganu dish and most people may not be familiar with it.

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  13. This is a creative cooking, I like such a way of thinking very much:)

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    1. Thanks, Ola! Luckily it turned out well :)

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  14. This look sooooooo yummy, I need more rice too :)

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    1. Esther, I cook one whole pot for you hee..hee...

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  15. OMG, this looks so good & I bet it tastes great with a bowl of rice! Have a wonderful weekend, PH! xoxo

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    1. Shirley, make that two bowls! Have a great weekend!

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  16. Alright, this sounds fine to me.. hahaha.. .beanpaste and some chilli bean paste? Palm sugar... hmmm... never thought of putting this.. Sounds so nice! Very appetizing dish!

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    1. It is very appetizing, Claire. I think you will like :)

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  17. Hehe I've done that so many times before... wake up feeling really semangat to bake a cake. The butter and sugar is in the mixer, then I realise omg I've run out of flour. Haha!

    Your kay hong looks good, gotta try it one day!

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    1. hah..hah... Yen, I am very careful these days, I make sure I do my checking but sometimes, I miss :(

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  18. oh, you just reminded me that i hv yet to post my kay hong ! any more version 3?

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    1. Lena, you cooked Kay Hong? Come, come, let us all have a look :D

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  19. toban djan and tauchew not the same ah? I see all these soy bean paste products in supermarkets and I thought they are all the same. This dish looks good. I will go for the eggs and chicken.

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    1. Mun, they are made from soya beans but they are not the same. Toban djan contains garlic and chillies.

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  20. Phong Hong, I must say...your photos are superb, and the simple presentation of this superb dish is amazing, and very, very creative. I love the addition of the pieces of pork belly, and the spicy sauce is divine (my fave)...now, I'm craving this dish which I know I will not be able to find the ingredients for, but I will have to do a little hunting in our local Asian market!

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    1. Thank you, Elisabeth for the glowing review! You should be able to get the ingredients at the Asian shops :)

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  21. Looks good to me. I don't mind coming over for dinner ...lol

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    1. Come, come, bring your wife and kids!

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  22. PH, I am hungry now, still have some spare for me keekeekee

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    1. Jess, anytime I can keep for you hee..hee..

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  23. Hi Phong Hong, I love kayHong too and it has been quite sometime I didn't cook it. Well, will definitely try your new spicy version and I know it must be very sedaplicious too! Have a good day and regards :)

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    1. Ivy, hope that this version does not disappoint you!

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  24. alamak, at first I thought Kay Hong was your sister. LOL. This sounds very interesting - I have never seen a Kay Hong dish before! Good with rice I think!

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    1. hah..hah... Diana, this dish is found in my hometown very far from you. And yes, it goes great with rice, lots of it!

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  25. Hi Phong Hong,
    I love both version of your Kay Hong.
    They looks equally delicious to me as long as they are cook from PH.
    Yay!
    mui

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    1. Thank you, mui mui! I give you extra eggs and rice hee..hee...

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