Sunday, September 14, 2014

Braised Chicken Wrapped in Steamed Buns

In my home, I strictly forbid my children to watch tv. There are specific schedule they must obey. Call me mean, I don't mind cos I'm doing it for their own good. So, in order to give them good examples, we, my husband and I rarely watch tv. We pay the cable tv for the cheapest package, not much channel included. I didn't even bother to browse what channels available, as I don't really have much time to sit down and watching tv. Busy buzzling like a bee the whole day. When nite comes, I am wearing out. So I fell asleep almost every time my children sleeps. 

That night, after my afternoon celebes coffee (support local coffee!), I feel so bright. Cannot keep my eyes close. Strange. So I decided tv! haha. Browse each channel and realized that my favorite channel was included. The show was Easy Chinese, don't remember the host name (sorry). The show was almost half part when I went watching. It was quite interesting, though. Too bad I didn't wrote it downed, so, what I make here was a duplicate that might be not too similar to the one I watched. However, the taste if surprisingly good. It is like a chinese style chicken burger. Even my picky eater son loves it! The next day, my eldest wants to bring that braised chicken for school. Happy mommy! He ate it with rice, not the mantou.

I believe you all now what mantou is, right? Mantou is often referred as Chinese steamed bun. The texture is soft and fluffy when warm. It gets a little tougher on room temperature. When I was a kid, I usually enjoy the chocolate mantou. Sometimes I dipped it in sweet condensed milk. Yummmmm. But for this recipe, you need the white classic mantou / the original. It slightly sweet actually, but it paired perfectly with the braised chicken I made. 

I don't make my own mantou :D Store bought is way more simple for me, no hassle! But surely you can use your favorite recipe if you are diligent enough :P


- 300gr skinless boneless chicken, cut into small cubes
- 1 lime
- 2 tbs of cooking oil
- 1 tsp dried shrimp powder, pan roasted
- 4 garlic, finely chopped
- 1 cm ginger, finely chopped
- 4 tbsp sweet soy sauce
- 1 tbsp oyster sauce
- 1 tbsp light soy sauce
- water, about 70-100ml
- Salt n pepper
- sesame, about a handfull, pan roasted about 1 minute
- cilantro

Directions :
1. Rub the chicken with lime juice, let sit for at least 5 minutes. Wash clean, cut into small cubes
2. Saute the chopped garlic and ginger, add the dried shrimp powder. Keep saute-ing until fragrant.
3. Add in the chicken cubes, then add the sweet soy sauce, oyster sauce, light soy sauce, salt n pepper. Add water, and let it simmer for at least 10-15 minutes. When the sauce has absorbed, have a taste first and make correction according to your liking.
4. Turn off the heat. Serve the braised chicken in burger like mantou, topped with roasted sesame and cilantro.


  1. uhh padahal tadinya mau kepo resep mantau nya hahha...
    tapi gambarnya teuteup juara, as usual! cakeeeuuup!

    1. makaciiiiiii tehh, haha mantau mah males da bikin sendiri, mending yang tinggal kukus atuh. Maklum deh ya,saya kan blogger pemalas :P

  2. haish,mantau jadi burger...???ide bagusss,kapan2 kalo balik ke batam beli ah ^^