Feb
15
2012

Ayam Masak O

It’s Valentine’s Day today. How was your day? Did you even celebrate it? Where did you go for dinner? As for me, I spent Valentine’s day dishing out Ethan’s favourite food :D It’s no secret Ethan and I love soup A LOT so today, I made him this soup – Ayam Masak O.

I remember when I was younger I super love this soup. My mother boils this often and it’s so delicious all I need is just soup to go with the steamed white rice and I’m a happy girl!

My mother taught me how to boil this soup when I left home to college decades ago. I boiled this soup when I was lonely or homesick and it gave me comfort back then. Ethan loves it as much as I do. The best part about this soup is how SIMPLE it is to cook this.

Pound garlic and ginger.

Since it’s Valentine’s Day we shall use heart shaped ginger kay? :D

Heat oil and brown garlic, ginger and minced bean paste.


Once fragrant, add water.

When the soup comes to a boil, add potatoes. Let boil again.

Add chicken. Season to taste.

A hot bowl of Ayam Masak O for lunch and dinner.

You can find this dish in most Nyonya restaurants out there but now that you know how simple it is to cook this, why not boil it yourself? :)

Updated on the 12 March 2017 with a video:

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    I can feel the love is in the air :) *love-shaped ginger*

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    Nice!!! Not so gullible as to dine out and get your throat cut.

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    wow thats very simple to make it!
    perhaps i should try some day too! =DD

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    Now I miss nyonya food !! Thanks to this nyonya … :(

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    Oh, something new to me…. good for confinement too, right? Ginger garlic.. hmmmm… nice..

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    yeah, it’s very easy woh, i think i can cook this, hahahaha!! your valentine’s day still spent with your loved ones mah, somemore your favourite Ayam Masak O.. btw, why is it called “O”?? maybe it’s french influenced?? O = eau = water = soup?? hehe~~ :p

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    Love Soup so much …… can i have a bowl ! :)

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    O means kosong?

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    such a cute name, ayam O… :P But I never heard about this soup ~

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    AAAAWWWWW… sweet.. I love soup a lot.. mom used to boil soup at home.. One day without soup is like missing something in my meal! Glad u know how to enjoy soup! :D Cantonese people love soup a lot as i know… xD

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    Wow, i bet it is super yummy. Ok, will sure try it! What brand do you use for the minced bean paste? Is this the same brand u use for ur ayam pong teh (the ground bean paste that u mention in ur earlier blog)?

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    Merryn Reply:

    Yes JC,

    I used the same brand. Taste the soup first before you season it as it can already be salty depending on the amount of bean paste u used :D

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    This soup looks good. Must be very delicious.

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    Yummy!! I boiled my first soup yesterday too but it was a simple one, just ABC soup :p

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    wah heart shaped ginger, so lovely. Emm yummy delicious.

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    I love my soup too. But having it for dinner means toilet trips all night. :(

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    ah…so simple! i can try it soon. thanx nyonya merryn!

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    nice oh! i spent my valentine evening at home too, this time its me whipping up a surprise dinner for Janice.. but the outcome, looks so messy.. haha

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    Ayam Masak O. The O means what? Merryn you are a good cook actually. *Thumbs Up*

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    Love shape ginger is nice.. :)

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    simple and easy to cook dish…will give it a try…

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    Looks delish! My baby loves soup too. Will try to cook this at home…
    Just wonder, what does O means? :)

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    I also never heard of this.. probably South Nyonya… but my mom has a soup from the bean paste also and its filled with vegetables only… :0)

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    a bit like pongteh except its more watery ka?

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    Merryn Reply:

    No lah, pongteh uses onion, gula melaka and thick soya sauce which is not being used here. We don’t use ginger for pongteh so.. nope, not the same :)

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