Nyonya Potato Soup

Easy to prepare potato and chicken soup with fermented soybeans, one of the staple ingredients in a Peranakan kitchen. This feel-good chicken soup is healthy and simply delicious.

5 stars

Preparation 10 mins
Cooking 110 mins


Chinese Potato Soup

Malaysian, Singaporean

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Nutrition per Serving

232 kcal
32 g
4 g
17 g

If you are feeling a little under the weather, this bowl of chicken soup can bring a big smile to your face. With a bit of fermented soybean paste, it brings the taste of the soup up a notch. Having this soup when the weather is slightly chilly brings so much comfort to the soul.

Fermented soybeans

Fermented soybeans or 'tauchu' are easily found at Asian grocers. They are packed in bottles. These soybeans are sold either as whole beans or mashed. I prefer using those which are mashed, from Malaysia or Taiwan. Otherwise, fermented soybeans from Singapore which are usually whole can be used too. Just mashed them with a fork before using. There is no substitute to the taste of fermented soybeans, unfortunately.

Base of soup

For the base of the soup, you may substitute chicken with either pork, anchovies or vegetables. Just skip the meat if you are a vegetarian.

Serve the soup as a side dish with steamed white rice. Otherwise, enjoy this soup by itself for a light dinner as the ingredients alone can be quite filling.


1,000 ml
250 g
chicken meat
garlic clove(s)
1⁄2 cm
1⁄2 tbsp
1 1⁄2 tsp
fermented soybean paste (taucu)

Steps to Prepare

Nyonya Potato Soup Step 1

Step 1 of 4

    • 300 ml water
    • 250 g chicken meat

Pour hot water over chicken meat for about 10 seconds to get rid of the poultry smell. Then, place the meat in the refrigerator while preparing the other ingredients. This step will make the meat even chewier.

Nyonya Potato Soup Step 2

Step 2 of 4

    • 1 shallot(s)
    • 1 garlic clove(s)
    • 1⁄2 cm ginger
    • 3 potatoes

Pound or blend the shallots, garlic and ginger. Leave aside. Cut potatoes into bite-size pieces.

Nyonya Potato Soup Step 3

Step 3 of 4

    • 1⁄2 tbsp oil
    • 1 1⁄2 tsp fermented soybean paste (taucu)

In a pot, lightly fry the pounded ingredients with some oil until fragrant. Add fermented soybean paste and continue to stir-fry for 30 seconds. Then, add chicken meat and quickly stir for another 30 seconds.

Nyonya Potato Soup Step 4

Step 4 of 4

    • 700 ml water
    • salt

Pour water into the pot and bring to boil. Once it boils, lower the heat and allow the soup to simmer for 1.5 hours. If required, add salt to taste.

Published: October 2, 2013

1 Discussions

Stephanie Thilagalingam
5 years ago

Stephanie Thilagalingam

Hi! I can't find fermented bean paste. Is there something else I could use instead?

Mira - Community Happiness Manager
5 years ago

Mira - Community Happiness Manager

Try miso! It's not the same but miso is also fermented bean paste.

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