Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Ayam Masak Madu

Star Q

It's the fasting month of Ramadhan again.  Personally for me, Ramadhan is just like any other month of the year where food is concerned.  In fact, my menu tend to be much simpler and less calorie-laden unless there is a request from my family members.

This year, request have come later in the first week of Ramadhan and it came as a pleasant surprise.  Previously my children would be planning special menus even before the month of Ramadhan.  I guess because they are more matured now, so the tendency to have special dishes is less frequent.

Actually, I didn't realize that the request made by my daughter, was in fact in conjunction with Father's Day.  It totally did not cross my mind because I have never made it a point to celebrate such mediocrity.  It was quite touching to know that my daughter did not think that this year's Father's Day was in any way mediocre, so she requested that we prepared Nasi Tomato and its accompanying dishes, like this Ayam Masak Madu.

  • 6 chicken thighs and 6 drumsticks
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 8 shallots*
  • 6 cloves garlic*
  • 2 thumb-size ginger*
  • 2 onions, cut into rings
  • 1/4 cup frozen peas
  • 20 pieces dried chilies ground to a paste,
  • 3 tbs tomato ketchup
  • 3 tbs honey
  • 1 tbs chicken curry powder
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup cooking oil
  • 1 inch cinnamon stick
  • 1 star anise
  • 4 cloves
  • 4 cardamom pods

Marinate the chicken pieces with the turmeric powder and sugar.  Heat the cooking oil in a wok and fry the chicken pieces until cooked.  Dish out the chicken pieces and set aside.  Discard the cooking oil but leave about 4 tablespoons in the wok.  Put the cinnamon stick, star anise, cloves and cardamom pods into the oil, turn on the heat, and fry the spices until the pods pop.  Then, fry the onion rings onion they are soft,  Next add the shallots, garlic, ginger and chili paste and saute until aromatic.  Stir in the curry powder.  When the cooking oil rises to the surface of the mixture, add in the tomato ketchup, honey and water.  Simmer this sauce for about three minutes, then add in the fried chicken and frozen peas.  Cook while stirring gently until the frozen peas are cooked.

*blended together into a paste
Note : Picture above is the Ayam Masak Madu on the second day (which tasted even better) with another set of dishes like Fish Soup and Fried Sweet Potato Shoots

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