• Prep Time 10 minutes
  • Cook Time 30 minutes
  • Serving For 2 people
  • Difficulty Normal

Recipe Description

In Chinese cuisine, dates are a valuable nourishing ingredient.

So, here is the recipe for steamed herbal chicken with red dates and ginger.

Recipe Ingredient

  • ½ Kampung chickenor use free-range
  • 40g seedless red dateshalved
  • 25g gingershredded
  • 10g dried lily budsends trimmed and knotted
  • 4 shallotspeeled
  • 20g hoi chuk
  • 15g yuk chuk
  • 1tbsp Shao Hsing Hua Tiau rice wine
  • Sauce (combined)
  • 2tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1tbsp sesame oil
  • ½tsp pepper
  • 1tbsp sugar
  • ½tsp salt
  • 3tbsp water
  • 1tsp cornflour


  1. Bring a pot of water to boil and scald the chicken for 3–4 minutes. Remove and allow to cool slightly.
  2. Rub a tablespoon of the sauce evenly all over the chicken. Mix the remaining sauce with the the rest of the ingredients, except the wine.
  3. Arrange the chicken and the rest of the ingredients on a heatproof dish and steam over rapidly boiling water for 30 minutes, drizzling the rice wine over at the last 5 minutes of steaming.
  4. To check if the chicken is cooked, use a fork to poke through the thickest part of the chicken – if the liquid that ooze out is clear, it’s done.
  5. Serve immediately.

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