Monday, October 8, 2012

Ayam Goreng Berempah ( Spicy Fried Chicken)

For me, the best ayam goreng berempah is from the Malay restaurants and yes, I will also include the road side nasi lemak stalls. If I buy nasi lemak, the fried chicken with crispy crunchy outer layer and tender soft meat must be included. I am also not shy in asking for the flaky fried rempah/herbs/spices from the wok/kuali. Either I am allowed to take as much as I want or the vendors will add it on the fried chicken. Whichever, without the flakes, ayam goreng berempah is not complete.

For my version, I have tried a few recipes available on-line. Sad to say that it led to disaster - nothing promising that I want to talk about. Instead of blaming others, I rather owe it to myself. Perhaps I couldn't grasp how and why I couldn't replicate as beautifully as the visuals looked. Still, I was determine to try again. Finally I got the recipe from my colleague while we were casually chatting about what's the secret on how to make it.

I was told that the main technique is to simmer the marinated chicken pieces over low heat. Then fried in hot oil. I did that and sure enough turned out fabulous - absolute crunchy coating coupled with the aroma of Asian herbs.  

1/2 chicken - cut into bite sizes
1 lemongrass
2 inch galangal
1 inch fresh turmeric
5 shallots
1-2 tbsp plain chili powder
Salt to taste
Oil as needed
Blend or ground lemongrass, galangal, turmeric and shallots to a thick paste.
Add chilli powder and salt for taste.
Mix and marinate chicken pieces with it.  
Add into a pot with 1 cup of water.
Simmer over low heat and cook until water evaporates and/or till chicken pieces are nicely coated in the paste. 
Remove and keep aside, if possible for 2-3 hours.
Deep fry the chicken pieces.
Scoop the remaining flaky herbs/spices from the wok and add on top of the fried chicken pieces.
Serve with calamansi lime.
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  1. very delicious...thanks coz share recipe..i want to copy this..

  2. My indonesian friend actually taught me the same thing, boil before frying. I think that's the secret to a good ayam goreng! =)

  3. The combination of this fried chicken demands that I try it. Are you sure you are not missing anything? No flour at all?

  4. i tried before but not sucessful. Burnt. Guess I better eat at the shops

  5. Can't wait to try this with home made nasi lemak!

  6. Wow finally you got the right people given you the right recipe. I normally bought ayam goreng berempah from normal stall...some of it taste good some not it depends how the vendor prepared and what ingredients they used it.

  7. This is chicken lovers ultimate dream. looks delicious.

  8. This fried chicken looks heavenly, I would love to try it for my brother :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  9. What gorgeous fried chicken!!! And so yummy with all the're making me very hungry!!!

  10. This is lovely. I will use this for my coming BBQ:D

  11. what a delicious recipe and I love the way you presented it.

  12. Yummy! I love this spicy chicken.

  13. I have wondered this myself ... There's this one food blog that I love and every time I attempt one of the recipes, they don't work out. It's weird because I've made like five recipes and I can't figure out what's going on. Glad to know I'm not the only one :-)

  14. this is too too yummy..hard to loving it

  15. I'm a sucker for ayam goreng, but didn't know those crispy flakes are called berempah. Always like the taste of lemongrass :D

  16. The fresh herbs and aromatics that go into this is an absolute winner. I am crazy about the aroma of lemon grass and any dish containing lemon grass draws me like a bee to a flower. Thumbs Up for the recipe.


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