Saturday, 26 September 2009

Ayam Goreng Lengkuas (Fried Chicken with Galangal)

This is one of my favourite recipes. A sure hit with my kids. It is a bit tedious to make as I highly recommend that the galangal be grated and not chopped using a food processor, but worth it as the shredded galangal makes it more palatable. Try using younger galangal as the older one gets a bit to difficult to grate. Another thing that I recommend is that you use a fry-siever to catch all the tasty fried morsels. Try as best as possible to get all of it before proceeding to frying the later batches as these will get burnt and ruin the over all taste. I sometimes resort to pouring everything through a sieve lined with paper towels to catch everything and pour the oil back into the wok, reheat to be used for the next batch.

1 chicken cut into 8 parts
1 stalk lemongrass buised
4 tablespoon shredded (or coarsely grated) galangal
2 pcs of bay leaves
1 tablespoon oil

Finely grounded (using blender or food processor)
5 shallots
3 cloves of garlic
3 candlenut (dry roasted in a pan)
1 small pc of fresh tumeric ( or a teaspoon of dried turmeric)
1 tablespoon of tamarind - use quarter of a cup of water to extract the juice.

Salt and sugar to taste.
Oil for deep frying Photo above from top left: Chicken, galangal, tamarind juice, bay leaves, roasted candlenuts, fresh tumeric, garlic and shallots and bruised lemongrass.

Clean chicken and place all ingredients into a roomy saucepan or wok.

Using medium heat cook the chicken. Once half cooked remove from pan. Reserve the gravy. Continue cooking the gravy until the gravy is dried. Heat oil in wokDeep fry the chicken. Drain the chicken and any residue from the frying (that is the delicious part of the dish!) Once the chicken parts are fried to golden brown, drain on paper towels. Serve with the dry-fried gravy and fried residue. Delicious with Nasi Lemak!

Saturday, 18 July 2009

Today... another saturday. I am actually standing in front of Sunway Pyramid at 1.41 pm waiting for my ride back home. An idea that sounded good this morning proved to be a huge mistake. I forget how ugly things can get. The steamy heat, the cacophony impatience of traffic, gaggle of tourists - oblivious of their surroundings and other people around them, all leaves me reeling. Teenagers, with their state of the art hand phones, miniskirts, wrap around scarves, latest trends of underwear-showing jeans a scene that confuses. And right this moment a luxury car is left idling, passively poisoning me to death.

Thursday, 16 July 2009

Starting fresh

I have new toy and I am liking it. Though I am reduced typing with my thumbs, I am loving it. I am officially mobile and I am enjoying it.

I have always liked writing but apart from my indiscipline of doing it everyday, i hate my handwriting. Chicken scratching is what my mother labels it and most of the time I agree with her description. Now, it's time to start fresh.

Tuesday, 14 April 2009


is a bad and green monster. It lurks under the bed, in your handbag and sometimes shows it's ugly face on the computer screen.

Yes, I am having those pangs of green slime murking my brain this morning. I know to some I have no reason for letting this green monster slip under my skin. Most of the time I can keep it at bay with a good slug of gloat. But this past few weeks, I am left down, slightly depressed and has let my door slightly ajar. Envy has managed to slide in undetected.

I can't actually complain, really. It's not as if I haven't had it good...maybe not excellent, but good. I can choose my time to do what I want, unless it is dictated by others who demand my time at their pleasure. At most these demands are entertained after juggling my nearly non-existing pressure of life. I can take a look what's behind my eyelids whenever there is nothing else to do, even though in actuality there is plenty to do. Just that doing what plenty there is to do means that I have to do without having to lift any brain muscle which bothers me.

However, having to use my brain muscle as it is at this moment really is even more counter productive. I will wallow even deeper into the dark abyss of darkness and turn into such vegetated state that I am unable to focus on what really need to be done.

And I digress....what's new? ;-)