Samsui Chicken

Samsui Chicken

Recipe by Trish yee
Samsui chicken looks pretty much similar to the steamed chicken that comes in our Hainanese chicken rice that you usually eat except that we usually dip the chicken with a fragrant garlic ginger sauce instead of garlic chilli sauce. The cooking method of the chicken is pretty close to chicken rice's poached chicken. Samsui chicken is known to be a luxurious dish that is prepared by the samsui women only once a year on Chinese New Year.
4 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 4 people
Calories 517 kcal


  • Pot
  • Blender
  • Sieve
  • Big bowl
  • Chopper
  • Chopping Board


  • 1.2 kg Large Kampung Chicken
  • 3-4 pcs Ginger Sliced
  • 2 stalks Spring Onions
  • 1 litre Water
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 3 cloves Garlic

Ginger Sauce

  • 100 g Young Ginger
  • 5 cloves Garlic
  • 2 tbsp Sesame Oil
  • 2 tbsp Chicken Fats Oil
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp Maggi Soy Sauce
  • 1 tbsp Chicken Seasoning Powder

Soy Sauce Mixture

  • 2 tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp Sugar
  • 2 tbsp Chicken Stock
  • 1/2 tsp Sesame Oil


  • 1 qty Cucumber Sliced thinly
  • 1 whole Iceberg Lettuce


  • Clean the cavity of the chicken and remove any organs inside.
  • Rub salt all over the chicken and inside the cavity.
  • Stuff the ginger, garlic and spring onions inside the chicken.
  • Bring a pot of water to boil and add salt in.
  • Place the chicken inside the pot, make sure there is enough water to cover it
  • Bring to boil and simmer for 10 mins
  • Turn off heat and let it rest in the pot for 45 mins
  • To make the ginger sauce, blend ginger, garlic with Hua tiao and soy sauce until smooth and transfer to a frying pan.
  • Add chicken oil and sesame oil and fry over low heat.
  • Add sugar and chicken seasoning powder.
  • Mix well and set aside
  • To make the soy sauce mixture:
  • Combine all the sauce ingredients in a small mixing bowl and mix well until sugar is fully dissolved.
  • To assembly, arrange the sliced cucumbers around a plate.
  • Place the chopped chicken around the cucumbers.
  • Put the ginger sauce in a saucer and place in the centre of the plate.
  • Serve with iceberg lettuce!


  • Pay close attention when frying the ginger paste as it burns very quickly 
  • You may use different parts of the chicken for poaching etc chicken thighs or breast for ease of chopping the chicken 


Calories: 517kcal
Keyword meat, poached, singaporean
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2 thoughts on “Samsui Chicken

  1. 4 stars
    The recipe is easy to follow and the chicken is very tender and juicy however my ginger sauce tasted a little bitter. I did try to add more sugar but the bitterness is still there. Kindly advise what did I do wrong

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