Make it: Chef Sam Leong’s dishes kids will love

A super-delish three-course meal that you can easily rustle up? Yes, please!


Satisfy your comfort food cravings with these hearty family favourites that will make you feel oh so content. Using fresh and easy-to-find ingredients, these dishes, by award-winning local Chef Sam Leong and his family, are exactly what a hungry brood needs. Even better, they are a cinch to whip up. 


Soy Sauce Chicken

Serves 6–8


5 litres/20 cups water

1 chicken, about 1.5 kg, cleaned


3 cinnamon sticks

3 pods Chinese black cardamom (also known as tsao kuo or cao guo)

3 star anise

3 bay leaves

3 tsps ground ginger


500ml/2 cups light soy sauce

500ml/2 cups dark soy sauce

60g rock sugar


1. Place water and herbs in a large pot. Bring to the boil, then lower heat and simmer for 30 minutes until water is fragrant with the aroma of the herbs.

2. Add seasoning and the whole chicken. Simmer over very low heat for about 40 minutes until chicken is cooked through and tender.

3. Remove chicken and set aside to cool before chopping into pieces.

4. Strain sauce and discard herbs.

5. Drizzle sauce over chicken and serve with your choice of noodles.

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