Introduction: Homemade Rou Song - Chicken Floss (Dried Shredded Chicken)

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Meat floss a.k.a. Rou Song(肉丝/肉松) is my favourite comfort food. It is one if the Chinese New Year goodies. Once you start eating it, you can't put a stop on it~

Its usage is very versatile. Generally we sprinkled it over porridge, cooked rice, sandwiches, breads, pastries and various other foods. It also can be eaten as snack. You must try it out.

If you are interested, simply follow the steps. I braise the meat in morning and then dry fry it. You can use the leftover meat from the soup to make meat floss too (just skip the braising step).

Step 1: Ingredients:

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300g Chicken (approx. 4 big chicken thigh)


1 stalk of Spring Onion or Ginger Leaves.
5 slices of Gingers
2-3 Cloves and Star Anise (Optional)
1 tbsp Chinese Rice Wine
1 tbsp Light Soy Sauce
400ml Water .


The ingredients and step can be omitted if you are using the leftover meat from soup.


1 tbsp Vegetable Oil ( for pan/wok)

(A) : Dark in color and heavy taste.
2 tbsp Light Soy Sauce.
1 tbsp Fish Sauce.
2 tbsp Fine Sugar.
1 tsp Brown Sugar.
1 tsp Oyster Sauce.
1 tsp Salt.
1/4 tsp Five Spices Powder.
1/4 tsp Ground Pepper.


(B) : Bright in color and light taste.
5 tbsp Fine Sugar.
2.5 tbsp Fish Sauce.
1.5 tbsp Soy Sauce.


Before you try these recipes, you are advised to adjust the seasonings in Ingredients II to taste! :)

Step 2: Braised Meat.

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You could skip this step by using the leftover meat from boiling soup.


a. Place the cut meat and (Ingredients I)in a pot of cold water.
b. Bring to boil on high heat for 15 mins.
c. Turn to low medium heat. Cover the pot, and continue to braise for 30mins.

Step 3: Cool Down.

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Transfer the braised meat in a clean bowl to cool down.

Step 4: Shred Meat (A): for Fine and Fluffy Texture.

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i. Place the deboned meat into a ziploc bag.
ii. Use a rolling pin, glass bottle or spatula flatten it as much as you could.
iii. Add in all the sesonings (Ingredients II)in the ziploc bag and mix well.

Step 5: Shred Meat (B): for Bigger Bits of Chicken Floss and Chewy Texture.

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i. Use a fork to tear them apart.
ii. Shred them into the fine shreds.
iii. Mixed well (Ingredients II).

Step 6: Stir-fying.

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a. Place the meat into a wok, add 1 tablespoon vegetable oil and mix well.
b. Use the lowest heat, dry fry and toasted the meat.
c. Keep frying the meat for 15 - 20mins or until the meat is totally dry.
d. Make sure the chicken floss is completely dry during frying. The finished product should be dry, flossy and turns golden in color.

*Note: This step can be substituted by engaging the help of a bread machine (Jam Function).

Step 7: Cool.

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Transfer the chicken floss to a large tray/plate. Spread out evenly to cool down.

If you preferred the fluffy chicken floss: use your fingers to rub it abi t to make it more fluffy.

Step 8: Serve.

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Done! Three quick steps to indulge in a delicious snack: Toast, spread and top! Spread the mayonnaise on few toasted bread slices and top with meat floss. The taste is so crispy and melt in your mouth!! yummm...

Step 9: TIPS:

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a. If you preferred the smaller bits of chicken floss, you could mashed it up a bit more. The meat can be shredded by kitchen mixer insteed of hand.

b. Don't attempt to turn up the heat when frying the meat floss. Use the low heat to avoid burn the floss.

c. Just turn off the heat and continue frying when you feel that floss is getting burnt. Then turn the heat back up only when the wok has cooled.

d. Best to consume within 1 week. You may store them in the fridge to keep in longer.


RonS2 (author)2015-06-10

I made the lighter version. My wife's mother makes this and my daughter loves it. I tried making it before, but the frying heat was too high, so it was burnt. The family loved it on congee for breakfast.

wawa17 (author)RonS22015-12-24

yup! it's reall good wih congee.

Luke Zhou (author)wawa172016-05-02

I know right! <3 My surname is Congee

Luke Zhou (author)2016-05-02

I loveeeeee chicken floss <3 It is my life! I spend more time eating floss than sleeping. Ahhh uhhh ohhhh AWAKE!!!!!!!!!!!

Snibril (author)2015-01-25

I've just made a batch, and it's delicious - used a slightly altered heavy taste recipe (due to available ingredients). I'd never heard of this before so thankyou. :)

wawa17 (author)Snibril2015-01-29

glad that you like it!!

catlily (author)2015-01-24

Wow! Yum!

wawa17 (author)catlily2015-01-29


sugianto liu (author)2015-01-29

I'm going to try this!!!

Just curious, is it possible using minced meat ?

wawa17 (author)sugianto liu2015-01-29

Sure. Just replace to 300 - 350g Pork, boiled and shredded, drained well of liquid!

jdesilva (author)2015-01-27

This looks great! I'll be trying it soon!

wawa17 (author)jdesilva2015-01-27

Thank you for trying my recipe!

ClayOgre (author)2015-01-23

I wonder if you could use a dehydrator to make this.

wawa17 (author)ClayOgre2015-01-23

hihi.. I found a similar dehydrator recipe:

wawa17 (author)ClayOgre2015-01-23

The bread maker is OK. I'm not sure the dehydrator because it can not stir. If only drying the meat floss, it will become jerky. The texture may become 'hard' and not fluffy. The key is to stir the meat floss constantly while heating.

jjdebenedictis (author)2015-01-23

Looks delicious! Thank you for the instructions!

wawa17 (author)jjdebenedictis2015-01-23

I'm glad you love it! :)

ekiessling (author)2015-01-23

This sounds wonderful!!

wawa17 (author)ekiessling2015-01-23

Thanks so much!!

blazeorion (author)2015-01-22

awesome, I love the detail and pictures, I will try this. how long does it last in the fridge

wawa17 (author)blazeorion2015-01-23

Hi, so glad that you love my recipe! The meat floss stores for up to 1 week in room temperature or up to 15 - 20 days in the fridge, because the length of time it takes to go rancid depends on its exposure to air and the temperature at which it is stored.

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