Ginger Soy Chicken ไก่เค็ม (gai kem)

This super easy and delicious ginger soy chicken stir-fry used to be a yearly treat for me. My grandmother would make this out of what I call “worship chickens” which are whole, boiled chickens that are used to in the annual “cheng meng” ceremony where we pay respect to past ancestors at their graves. I’ve modified to recipe so that I can enjoy the same flavour without having to wait for the ceremony!

Admittedly it is not the same as one made from the worship chickens which is usually drier as the chicken is cooked twice (and if it’s been used as a worship chicken, it has been out air-drying in the Thai summer weather for at least half a day!) But this version is tasty in its own way, and still fixes my craving every time 🙂

If you want to check out the real deal, a slightly more involved recipe but one that is true to what my grandmother makes and is REALLY what I prefer when I am not in a rush, check out this one: Grandma’s Twice Cooked Chicken.

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Ginger soy chicken

Ginger Soy Chicken ไก่เค็ม (gai kem)

  • Author: Pailin Chongchitnant
  • Yield: Serves 2-3 with rice


  • 500g chicken thigh, cut into 1 ½” cubes
  • 1½ Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Golden Mountain sauce (what is it?)
  • 2 tsp black soy sauce
  • 45 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp chopped ginger
  •  Tbsp palm sugar, finely chopped
  • ¼ tsp ground white pepper
  • ⅓ cup chopped cilantro, stems included
  • Fresh julienned ginger for garnish, optional
  • Jasmine rice for serving

Ingredients and Kitchen Tools I Use


Marinade chicken in soy sauce, Golden Mountain sauce, and black soy sauce for 15-20 minutes.

In a wok, sauté garlic and ginger in vegetable oil over medium high heat until garlic starts to turn golden. Add chicken and toss until the exterior looks done.

Add palm sugar and pepper, then toss until sugar is dissolved and chicken is completely cooked.

Remove from heat, add cilantro, toss and plate. Garnish with extra julienned fresh ginger if desired.

Serve with jasmine rice.

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If you want to make this spicy, add some chopped Thai chilies along with the ginger and garlic.

Keywords: stir-fry, easy meals, chicken, ginger, soy