Friday, December 18, 2015

Yi Mu Cao

The above dish - Chicken cooked with Yi Mu Cao (益母草 aka Chinese Motherwort) is available at The Zun Express, MidValley Mall/Gardens Mall and we love to eat it. 益母草 literally means grass that is beneficial to mothers. Later I found out that this Yi Mu Cao is known as Kacangma and Kacangma Chicken is a famous dish in Sarawak.

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  1. hmmm, this is something new to me, have not heard of Yi Mu Cao before.. the pot of chicken looks good, and i wonder how does this herb taste like??

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  2. Something new to me. From the sound of it, makes me want to try too!

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  3. Mun, lately I have been hearing of yi mu cao and kacangma. I wonder what it is called in Cantonese and whether we have this plant here locally. The chicken in the claypot looks good, hope it tastes good too.

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    1. It tastes good. I don't know what it is called in Cantonese.

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  4. Oh wow. I always see Suituapui blogging about kacangma dish. I wonder what it tastes like.

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  5. Ahhhhhh yes! I thought that was kacang ma, but ours does not have that much soup and looks darker. Not found where I live, except at Payung...lots in Kuching. It's a Hakka or Teochew dish...not Foochow. Of course, the test of the pudding is in the eating - best with lots of the traditional white wine...and ginger.

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    1. See! If I am not mistaken, Irvine is Foochow, from another Foochow town...an hour's drive from here - and he has never heard of kacangma.

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    2. Kuchingnite says it is a hakka dish.

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    3. I have eaten Sarawak style kacangma chicken before and it used more kacangma in the dish.

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  6. Don't know something like this, is this portion for single person?

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    1. Yes, this is sold for a single person but for small eaters, two can share this portion.

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  7. It looks very new to me too. It loos so much like chicken porridge.

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    1. No rice inside this dish, just chicken and the herb.

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  8. Now I guess I know why they call it kacangma. Maybe it means kacang for mama... XD

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    1. Er... you got your point... I dunno. Hahaha!

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    2. Gotta google to try to find the meaning behind the word kacang in kacangma.

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  9. I have not had this dish before but somehow I feel that I will like it.

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    1. I think you may want it to be more flavourful.

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  10. Kacangma is a Hakka dish and usually consumed by ladies during confinement. Now you could find kacangma cooked and served in Chinese coffee shop but usually they do not add too much white wine.

    The Malay here also take kacangma (minus the wine of course).

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    1. Not common to find this dish in kl.

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  11. Oh, I didn't know what you were talking about at first! :)

    I've heard of yi mu cao before (in Chinese) but it didn't register when typed out in pin yin. Then I realized it was kacangma. Haha. It's very popular here in Sarawak, I personally like it but some people with low alcohol tolerance will actually get drunk from it (!!!). I've seen it myself, a friend of mine who doesn't drink was hungry and ate a lot of this and he fell asleep after.

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    1. The cook must have put too much wine in it.

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  12. This looks so good especially for the cold weather.

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  13. I haven't try this dish before... heard so much...yes, I wanna taste it one day!

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  14. I tried once when I was in Sibu. I don't mind eating once in a while.

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    1. Did it taste a bit bitter the one you ate?

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    1. I wonder whether or not you will like it or not.

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    1. We seldom encounter this dish in KL.

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  17. This is memories and I forgot where I ate them.
    It is definitely a Hakka dish.

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    1. You must have eaten this dish a very long time ago, that's why you can't remember where you ate it.

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