Monday, October 8, 2012

Ayam Goreng Berempah ( Spicy Fried Chicken)

Ayam Goreng Berempah. Wow! Walla! Bang! My all time favorite. I just so love ayam goreng berempah. One of those I can't resist at Malay Nasi Campur/Mix Rice Stalls or Nasi Kukus stalls (Ayam Masak Merah). Ayam goreng berempah lemme tell you is one of the best food regards of us. Our Malaysian Malay style spicy fried chicken (Spicy Fried WingsBaked Cornflakes Chicken & Grilled Chicken Wing) and trust me, for years I have been debating within myself on how can I make ayam goreng berempah. A couple of attempts which definitely didn't get me for getting it right until I was so glad when my Malay colleague spilled it out. She spilling the secret to ayam goreng berempah.  The recipe she in fact picked up from her neighbor. Oh boy! So glad I was until I wouldn't stop thanking her over and over again. So, how can we make this ayam goreng berempah? Of course for celebration chicken (Curry Chicken Noodles, Chicken Vegetable Soup, Sweet Chilli Chicken & Thai Green Chicken Curry).  How? Chicken simmered and half cooked in our Malaysian herbs and later, crispy crunchy fried. Crispiness on the outside and soft meat inside (Chicken Varuval, Easy Chicken Kebab & Thai Yellow Chicken Curry). 

1/2 chicken - cut into bite sizes
1 lemongrass/serai 
2 inch galangal/lengkuas
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 in the paste.  
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.
Then deep fry the chicken pieces.
Scoop the remaining flaky herbs/spices from the wok and add atop of fried chicken.
Serve with calamansi lime.


  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.

  17. They look perfectly crispy just how I like it.


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