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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Balinese Chicken

                  I use to cook this for my children a long, long time ago and forgot about this till I came across this recipe in one, of my many, files and decided to post about this; something very simple and, yet, quite nice. 

                 "A"

                   1               Serai, smash

                 "B"

                    [Pound/blend "B"]

                   2"             young Ginger
                   9              Fresh Red Chillies
                   5              Chilli Padi
                 10              Shallots/small Onions
                   5 pips       Garlic
                   7               Buah Keras

               "C"

               1.5 kg           [Whole Chicken legs, chopped
                                      marinate the chicken with some Salt & Kunyit Powder
                                      for 3 hours, covered, in the fridge]

               "D"

                  3 Tabsp       Black Soya Sauce ] mix the Black Soya and
                  5 teasp        Brown Sugar         ] Brown Sugar in a bowl

               "E"

               1/4 cup           Fresh Santan

                "F"

                                      Juice of 1 Big Green Lime
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                 Sufficient Oil for frying Chicken

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            Method
  1. Heat oil & fry the marinated chicken till 1/2 cooked and browned. Dish out.
  2. Remove some of the oil & fry "A" ie the Serai with sufficient heated oil.
  3. Add in "B" ie the Rempah, stirring for some time till aromatic and pecak minyak i.e. "oil emerges on top of little wells".
  4. Add in "D" stir well. Add in the 1/2 cooked chicken stirring well to incorporate. Then add in "E" ie the Santan stirring well & cook for about +- 5 minutes or till chicken is cooked; making sure that you dont over cook the chicken.  Check for taste then *switch off the fire.  Add in the juice of the lime.  Again check for taste.

                Tip - We were told, by one Chef who excels in Thai food, that we should always switch off the fire then only add in the lime juice otherwise food may be bitter.  I always follow that advice rigidly; never did dare try to do otherwise.

                   Till my next post, xoxo, Ophelia

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