Tau Yu Chicken (Dark soya sauce chicken) with boiled eggs

My nyonya grandma used to make this dish with pork. My version uses chicken.



  1. Chicken breast – 1 pair, sliced  
  2. Coconut oil – 1 or 2 tbsp. I prefer less oil as my pan is non stick and it’s also healthier 😊
  3. Garlic – 3 cloves, peeled and sliced. Some recipes use it whole, up to you.
  4. Star anise – 1 pod 
  5. Dark soya sauce – 2 tbsp
  6. Brown sugar – 1 tsp
  7. Water – 1 cup
  8. Eggs – 6 boiled and peeled
  9. White pepper – 1 dash
  10. Salt – according to taste



  1. Heat up oil in pan and then add garlic to it. Stir fry till fragrant.
  2. Next, add the sliced chicken and stir fry until it’s no longer pinkish in colour. 
  3. After that, add the dark soya sauce.  FullSizeRender 74
  4. Stir till combined and then add the water and star anise.FullSizeRender 75
  5. Let the dish simmer for 10 minutes. Then add the white pepper and salt. If the water has evaporated quite a bit, add quarter or half a cup more to the dish and continue simmering for another minute. Add more salt if extra water is added to the pan.FullSizeRender 77
  6. Finally, put in the boiled eggs, give it one final stir and dish out. 




Best served with a bowl of steaming hot fluffy white rice.


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