Yes, it is. My mum’s Ayam Goreng. Well, almost. I applied my own style and a slight variation. My partner was happy with the dish. So was I, for a first attempt. However, I would have prefer more spice in the chicken. So next time, I will add a bit more curry powder. Ayam goreng is one of those dish that has a few variations, adjust to individual taste. “Ayam Goreng” is a Malay word. “Ayam” refers to chicken, and “goreng” refers to frying. So it is a fried chicken dish – Malaysian style.
I had the following homegrown ingredients which I used in this dish – small red onions and tomatoes. The spring onions were used in a different dish. I also used my own homegrown curry leaves, featured in a previous post.
I used a free range chicken – half a chicken, cut into small pieces. Then marinated in 2 tablespoons curry powder, a pinch of salt and white pepper, 1 tablespoon dark soy sauce and 1 tablespoon light soy sauce. Then covered in glad wrap and left in the fridge to marinate. I was going to use it the next day for dinner, but our neighbour who lives in Dandenong and has a lovely house further up our hill, invited us for dinner. So the chicken was left in the fridge for 2 nights. It did no harm to the meat. I think it made the meat more tender and tastier.
Next I fried the chicken until they were nicely cooked and browned. I then drained the excess oil on a couple of absorbent kitchen paper towels.
While the kitchen paper towels were soaking up the excess oil from the chicken, I peeled the onion’s skin and chopped the onions into halves. Next I removed curry leaves from its sprig and soaked some tamarind pulp in water to extract the juice.
Now that I had everything prepared, I was ready for the final step of this dish. I heated a saucepan with some oil. Tossed in the onions and curry leaves. Stir fried until fragrant. Then added some tamarind juice and the chicken. Simmered the chicken for a few minutes.
And, my mum’s version:
Which version is the best? I like to be bias and say it was mine. But, the truth is mum’s Ayam Goreng is still the best.
Hope you enjoy this recipe.