Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Ayam Masak Kecap, Malay Soya Sauce Chicken

I have been missing home and craving for food from home despite just recently completed a Malaysian week at the tummies. I decided to cook another of my nanny Fatimah's family recipe and the aromas that perfumated the whole kitchen made me feel a whole lot better immediately. This is almost like a Malay version of the popular Chinese red cooked dishes, both are soy base with the addition of star anise and cassia bark. I have seen version with added peas, again I refused to alter the recipe since this is how it should look and taste to me.
P.S beef can be used but it will need to be braised til tender.

Serve 4 as part of a Malaysian meal
you'll need;
3 chicken maryland, cut into 4 pieces each
1/2 an onion, finely chopped
1 onion, cut into rounds
2 green chillies, sliced
2" piece of ginger, minced
6 cloves of garlic, minced
1 star anise
1 cassia bark or cinnamon stick
8 tbs of kecap manis (sweet soy)
6 tbs of light soy
2 tbs of ground black pepper
1 cup of chicken stock or water
salt to taste
juice of one lime

Marinate chicken pieces with dash of salt and turmeric powder for at least an hour.

Fry chicken til golden, set aside.

Fry minced onion til golden then add in the minced garlic and ginger, star anise and cassia bark. Continue to fry for a minute or two.

Add seasonings follow by stock or water, bring it to a boil.

Return chicken pieces to the wok and braise for 8 to 10 minutes. Add onion rounds and sliced chillies and continue to fry til onion rounds are soften and sauce has thicken. Add juice of a lime and check for seasonings.

Serve immediately as part of a Malaysian meal.


  1. I could have eaten this 6 times a week! The chicken looks so delicious!

  2. Mmmm, this chicken is mouth watering-ly good!

    Reminds me of Chicken Adobo :D


  3. I wish I know how to cook something that will make me feel better when I miss home! This looks so good, I think I'll go for a 2nd bowl of rice!

  4. Absolutely to die for! I could finish the whole bowl! :)

  5. Absolutely delicious..fabulous!!

  6. I haven't had this for ages! I can imagine the smell in your kitchen!

  7. Reading your blog is like an education. I had no idea that there was a Malay-take on soy chicken! I guess the tumeric and chillis set it apart. As always, it looks stunning.

  8. Yum. Yum. Yum.

    I can't think of anything else to say!

    Best wishes,

  9. This is really mouth-watering, fond of any food that's spicy. Your lovely pics made them more tempting!

  10. yum yum yum everything that hungry tummies make lol.

    this looks so good right now. i was lazy today i only had egg and rice lol..with a dash of soy sauce

  11. Amanda ,
    Thank you! x

    Thank you! You'll have to make some soon!

    Thank you! I guess the idea is the same without the vinegar.

    KL girl in MELB ,
    Haha you just have to follow a good recipe! Thank you!

    darren ,
    Thank you! Easily!

    Priya ,
    Thank you very much!

    CW ,
    It was pretty good! :)

    Mr Noodles ,
    Oh I'm glad you think so :) Thank you!

    Natasha ,
    Thank you very much! :)

    Thank you very much! This one is not overly spicy but still delicious.

    Haha thank you! I often have that when I'm too lazy :)

  12. petang tadi makcik sempat membaca n3 anda yang terdahulu dan jika tak silap ada 2 atau lebih anda manyebut nama nanny fatimah tentu dia sangat pandai memasak.ayam masak kicap merupakan menu kegemaran kami sekeluarga:)

  13. I see turmeric on chicken! Just the way I like to pair them as one.

  14. I always seem to miss hot, spicy Malaysian food when the weather starts getting cold. I love this dish too - spent a few years at a local uni and almost every dinner was some sort of yummy Malay dish from the cafeteria, this was a regular fav. :)

  15. 又一道好菜,你來我家煮好嗎?

  16. makcikmanggis,
    Makcik kak Timah memang pintar in dapur, kebanyakan resipi masakan Melayu saya yang dia punya. Pasti kegemaran sekeluaga kerana lauk ni tidak pedas ya :) Say juga mau cuba risipi makcik nanti.

    tigerfish ,
    Oh yes! turmeric fried chicken is one of my favourite dishes!

    shaz ,
    Oh I do miss eating Malay cafeteria :) It is getting pretty chilly at night now.

    大肥 ,

  17. Wow this looks like a must try! I haven't cooked for a few days as the boys are away except the making the prawns with egg sauce :)

  18. Hey darling! I have this at least once a week :) It looks really good! I am about to email you photos of our Sunday Thai lunch!
    Sophia xxx

  19. Malaysians just love their multi-racial country food regardless where they live thousands of miles away. This dish is a winner!!

  20. my salivate can't stop now, look so delicious..

  21. Awesome!!! Awesome!!1 i want it right now :)

  22. love to eat,
    Oh must be quite a nice break for you! Glad you are enjoying the simplest dish on my blog!

    Sophia darling you are lucky to have all those good Malay stalls near you. The phots are great, I think you have nailed it! xxx

    petite nyonya ,
    Because of how delicious those dishes are I think! Thank you!

    Haha Thank you!

    Sarah Naveen ,
    Thank you very much haha!

  23. Right there girly girl, we need to have words... either you stop posting such delicious treats OR get your butt over to the Middle East and help me learn to cook.


  24. My goodness, love the spicy flavour of this! Yummm....

  25. WOW! This really makes me drooling...yum..yum...

  26. That looks gorgeous, I really need to try some Malaysian cooking. Btw, whats chicken maryland?

  27. The colors of your chicken are a treat for the eye. I can't wait to give this a try. Have a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

  28. This looks so perfect..have seen something like this only in restaurants :-)

  29. Will you ever post a recipe that I dont want to make the second I read it? YUM

  30. Now I am hungry! Really I am!
    I can even smell them. Divine dish!
    Betty xx

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  32. My what good flavors you have going on there. Yum! I love foods that remind me of home and my childhood. It's a beautiful dish!

  33. This is simply gorgeous. Had to go and google what a Chicken Maryland was.Well can any chicken be used? I would like to try a lean-version of this recipe.:)

  34. This is one that I miss. Looks really delicious. Need more rice to go with it.

  35. OMG!!! Ur recipies and clicks consistantly make me drool...

  36. I really should not visit this blog when I'm sooo hungry... Excellent post!

  37. I need to stop looking at your blog when I am hungry.

  38. Ha ha- As I pressed post I realized I was writing the EXACT same thing the reader above did-

  39. Hey this looks great.

    I also wanted to thank you for a great meal tonight I used the garlic and spice paste from your Thai fried chicken to marinate some chicken that I grilled. It was so flavorful.

  40. ah, nothing beats maryland chicken huh?! This is making me very hungry indeed. Reminds me the cooking I gew up eating.

  41. the marinade and seasonings sound so delicious!

  42. I would like to try this Malay version of red cooked chicken, looks really delicious!

  43. I am trying to imagine what I can cook to make me more homesick. This is a beautiful dish, I am actually quite happy to eat this all the time.

  44. Eternally Distracted,
    Haha I'll come to the Middle East with you then. N I'm not a girly girl, I'm a boy lol

    My Little Space ,
    Thank you :)

    Anncoo ,
    Thank you very much :)

    Thank you and you must! A whole chicken leg is call maryland in Australia :)

    Mary ,
    Thank you! I hope you will try it soon :)

    Thank you!

    Jhonny walker,
    Thank you!

    Mmm I need to find some of them lol

    Betty ,
    Haha I'll invite you for dinner one day for sure xxx

    Thank you very much! hugs

    Lyndsey ,
    Thank you! The best thing about this dish is there are no hard to get ingredients here!

    Cool Lassi(e) ,
    Thank you! Maryland is simply a whole chicken leg

    MaryMoh ,
    Thank you! I had 2 bowls :)

    Cicily ,
    Thank you very much :)

    msihua ,
    Haha you should then you will have a better appetite :)

    Lady Ren,
    Haha that is funny :)

    Thank you!
    I am glad you like the result :)

    Adrian @ Food Rehab ,
    I think it is a wonderful cut, funny how it is a lot cheaper here compare to Asia. You must put some of your childhood dish up too!

    noobcook ,
    Thank you very much!

    You must, I am sure you only need to pick up a few things :) Thank you!

    Tricia F ,
    Have you thought about that yet? Me too!

  45. Oh Yum! This is making me drool. And it is almost bedtime. I love all the spices and I have all of them

  46. Oh my god!! Ayam masak kecap.. sedap la..!

  47. can i replace chicken with beef? if yes, any change in cooking method? thanks..... love your blog--- good job!


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