Giddy giddy chicken stew

As a little girl, I remember my parents taking me to a small coffee shop in Canning Garden in Ipoh to eat steamed white rice with chicken stew. The lovely aroma of the stew with just the hint of cinnamon cooked with potatoes, carrots and juicy tender chicken was really a treat I would look forward to. I don’t think the shop is selling this any more now, but I am eternally thankful that by the by, my Mom managed to acquire the recipe for this fantastic dish, and thus was able to whip it up in the comfort of our home. I am even more grateful that my Mom has shared the recipe with me. In fact, this was one of the very first recipes I asked from Mom when I moved to Penang. I haven’t cooked chicken stew in ages though, so I figured last weekend would be a good time to do so.

My plans of cooking on Saturday, as was the norm, backfired when we had a power outage for about 6 hours, from 10:30a.m. – 4:45p.m. (another excuse I am using for being slack in blogging these days). So we ate in on Sunday instead.

The chicken stew recipe calls for mushrooms, either shiitake or button or both. But this time round I decided to use these fresh white mushrooms bought from the Jaya Jusco supermarket. Slightly pricey, but every bit worth it. I love mushrooms, so I used them all, stems and everything.

Making chicken stew is rather easy, I would say, though I made a mental note to make the gravy thicker the next time round (less water). Just stir in all the ingredients, bring to boil and simmer over a low flame. Of course, the dish tasted far better during dinner when it had been simmered much longer and the flavors had all enveloped the ingredients.

The boys thoroughly enjoyed the stew, though the older one preferred the stew slightly saltier. Point noted. 😛

And thus ends my cooking escapade for the weekend.

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15 Responses to Giddy giddy chicken stew

  1. ParisB says:

    Love love chicken stew! To thicken, try adding potatoes (once it cooks down it’ll thicken) or corn flour/tapioca flour. I prefer potatoes in mine 🙂

    The Giddy Tigress says: I did add potatoes – maybe I should have added more?

  2. rinnah says:

    I’m hungry for my dinner now… *slurp*

    *brings a bowl and asks to ta-pau a portion*

    The Giddy Tigress says: Did you enjoy the virtual tar-powed meal?

  3. LB says:

    Oooooh, you know? I used to add some corned beef into the stock when I make Chicken (or Beef) Stew!! And on occasion, a little bit of Guinness Stout!

    The Giddy Tigress says: Guiness Stout?? For that added power??!

  4. nyonyapenang says:

    ooooh….I also long time didn’t cook this dish liao…must follow your recipe to add fresh mushrooms.

    The Giddy Tigress says: Yeah, the mushrooms taste glorious! In fact, I am thinking of cooking a mushroom dish with just those mushrooms too!

  5. keeyit says:

    I am hungry to see this post.. time to have lunch liao

    The Giddy Tigress says: Hope you had a good lunch!

  6. Paik Ling says:

    bet you spent saturday in a shopping mall where there’s air-condition? 🙂
    wrong time to visit this post though – hungry and eagerly waiting to knock off work!!!

    The Giddy Tigress says: Actually, surprisingly no…we came back and Ethan fell asleep despite the fact that there was no air-cond, and then after a while the power came back on. He woke up at the same time too!

  7. mistipurple says:

    i am thinking, what a wonderful wife you are!
    just like how mom was. food brings people closer.

    The Giddy Tigress says: Yeah, I agree…. that’s why we all like to eat eat eat!

  8. I love a good stew.
    6 hours no electricity! Lucky it wasn’t in the night, but it have been romantic…. lighting candles in the house.

    The Giddy Tigress says: Even with candles, it would have been hot la… in all senses of the word!

  9. zewt says:

    i am going to make a big pot and put it in the fridge and heat it up for the rest of the week’s dinner 😛

    The Giddy Tigress says: Show us the picture and make us droool!!!!!

  10. sasha says:

    stew is good…easy to feed both the big baby and the small baby. hehe

    The Giddy Tigress says: You got that right!

  11. chinnee says:

    Joyce, u are such a good cook. got think to open restaurant?

    The Giddy Tigress says: I can only cook small amounts wor…how to open restaurant?

  12. jazzmint says:

    wah the stew look good

    The Giddy Tigress says: Can you just taste it? *waves a plate of stew at Jazz*

  13. shireen says:

    Your stew looks good. I love stews too, all meats…. mushrooms are very healthy stuff. Does Ethan eat them?

    The Giddy Tigress says: Ethan eats small pieces of them only, not a lot.

  14. may says:

    that stew looks yummy – makes me wanna make stew this coming weekend! or maybe save it up for a cold winter’s night. that’s the best time to eat stew, hor?

    p.s. checked out World Vision today… so many kids to choose from, poor things! I think I’ll go for Ethiopia, they sound like the country most in need…

    The Giddy Tigress says: Good for you…let me know how it goes (stew and sponsored child too)!

  15. laundryamah says:

    wah those mushrooms remind me of mushroom soup….ayooo today no lunch somemore…and I’m soooooo hungry!!!!!!!!! love this type of stew..makes me eat more rice one..yumz!

    The Giddy Tigress says: I always like to kah-liu for my mushroom soup with chopped mushrooms wan…

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