White cut chicken
White cut chicken with Shanghai bok choy and broth (usually served with "geung yung", a tangy dip made of ginger, scallions, and garlic)
CourseMain dishes
Place of originChina
Region or stateHong Kong, Guangdong, Fujian
Main ingredientsChicken, ginger, scallion, cilantro
White cut chicken
Traditional Chinese白切雞
Simplified Chinese白切鸡
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Literal meaningwhite cut chicken

White cut chicken or white sliced chicken (traditional Chinese: 白切雞; simplified Chinese: 白切鸡) is a type of siu mei.[1] Unlike most other meats in the siu mei category, this particular dish is not roasted, but steamed.[2] The dish is common to the cultures of Southern China, including Guangdong, Fujian and Hong Kong.[1][3] In Hawaii, this popular dish is known as cold ginger chicken.[4][5]


The chicken is salt-marinated and cooked in its entirety in either plain hot water or chicken broth with ginger. Other variations season the cooking liquid with additional ingredients, such as the white part of the green onion, cilantro stems or star anise. When the water starts to boil, the heat is turned off, allowing the chicken to cook in the residual heat for around 30 minutes. The chicken's skin will remain nearly white in color, and the meat will be quite tender and juicy. The dish can be served "rare", in which the meat is cooked thoroughly but a pinkish dark red blood is secreted from the bones. This is a more traditional version of white cut chicken that is seldom served in Chinese restaurants anymore. The chicken is usually cooled before cutting into pieces.

The chicken is served in pieces, with the skin and bone, sometimes garnished with cilantro, leeks or a slice of ginger. It is usually accompanied by a condiment called geung yung (Chinese: 薑蓉; pinyin: jīang róng; Cantonese Yale: gēung yùng; lit. 'ginger paste') made by combining finely minced ginger, finely minced garlic, green onion, salt and hot oil. In Hawaii, this sauce is popular in other dishes such as poke and noodles.[6][7] Additional dips can be spicy mustard, hoisin sauce, soy sauce, oyster sauce or chili pepper sauce.

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  2. ^ "White Cut Chicken|Chinese Poached Chicken". China Sichuan Food. Mediavine Food. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  3. ^ "闽菜:白切鸡做法". www.39world.com. 2008-07-11. Archived from the original on 2014-11-08.
  4. ^ "Ginger chicken a local favorite". archives.starbulletin.com. Honolulu Star-Bulletin. Retrieved 29 September 2023.
  5. ^ Adams, Wanda A. (March 3, 2010). "The great ginger chicken debate | The Honolulu Advertiser | Hawaii's Newspaper". the.honoluluadvertiser.com. Honolulu Advertiser. Retrieved 29 September 2023.
  6. ^ Dingemann, Robbie (11 October 2020). "5 We Tried: We Searched for the Best Poke at Kahiau Poke and Provisions". Honolulu Magazine. Retrieved 29 September 2023.
  7. ^ Ryu, Grace (7 September 2018). "Cool slurps: Cold ginger chicken noodles at Goma Tei". Honolulu Magazine. Retrieved 29 September 2023.