Steamed Chicken with D.O.M Liquor

I always have a bottle of DOM liquor at home thanks to my mum. She told me that D.O.M wine is very nutritious, improves general well being and helps one to sleep better. Perhaps she saw that I am perpetually tired from keeping late nights (playing games! haha). The problem is, I am never a fan of hard liquor so I barely touched it.

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Steamed D.O.M Chicken Recipe

And then I discovered cooking with D.O.M instead of drinking it neat. This steamed D.O.M chicken was the perfect solution for me. Not only was the chicken aromatic and tender, the D.O.M liquor became delicious after cooking – no more sharp alcohol taste, and instead, the soup had a pleasant sweet wine taste. I did not even need to add any salt after cooking, even though all I used was D.O.M and plain water. I was told that I had rosy cheeks after consuming this dish weekly for some time.

Steamed D.O.M Chicken Recipe

This recipe requires only 3 ingredients for the marinade – namely D.O.M, ginger juice and sesame oil. Try out this dish when you are feeling tired, and needed a homely, nutritious food boost.

First posted in Aug 2009, updated in Mar 2017.

Steamed D.O.M Chicken Recipe

Use more D.O.M liquor for a stronger liquor flavour, if preferred, and vice versa.

For more soup, you can double up the D.O.M and plain water in the recipe.


  • 6 dried shiitake mushrooms caps soaked in hot water until softened & squeeze out excess water
  • 4 pitted red dates
  • 3 garlic cloves don’t peel or mash them
  • 1 tsp wolfberries
  • 5 tbsp water
  • sea salt to taste

(A) Marinade

  • 4 (350 grams) chicken drumsticks
  • 3 tbsp D.O.M Benedictine liquor (法国廊酒)
  • 1 tsp ginger juice
  • 1 tsp sesame oil


  • coriander leaves


  1. Marinade chicken. Combine (A) to marinade for at least 2 hours in the fridge.
  2. Steam the chicken and serve. After marinating, transfer (A) to a deep steaming plate. Add the rest of the ingredients (mushrooms, red dates, garlic, wolfberries and water). Steam at high heat for 40 minutes. Season to taste with salt, only if needed. To serve, baste the chicken with the D.O.M soup and garnish with coriander.

Noob Cook Tips

  1. If you prefer the dish to be double-boiled instead of steamed, place the contents in a double boiler pot and filled the outer pot with water (not covering more than half of the inner pot).
  2. You can also use two chicken thigh instead of four drumsticks, and steam for 40-50 minutes. To test if the chicken is cooked, insert a fork in the thigh. If clear liquid (no blood) runs out, it is cooked.