Thursday, October 18, 2012

Ayam Percik Terengganu ( Spicy Grilled Chicken )

Ayam Percik is also one of the many favourites particularly in the east coast, Terengganu and Kelantan. When i was searching for information for my Terengganu introductory post earlier, i learnt that both Terengganu and Kelantan has their very own version of ayam percik. Both has a slightly different way of cooking from one another, their gravy are rich in flavours that comes from  a blend of ingredients like coconut milk and spices but the Terengganu's one has added chilli paste bringing it a more spicy flavour. You look at the picture below and you can see the difference. The gravy for ayam percik Kelantan is white whereas the ones in Terengganu is red due to the addition of chilli paste. What i'm posting here today is of course the Terengganu version. I'll probably make the Kelantan version when the Kelantan Food Fest comes next year.

this is the Ayam Percik Kelantan,  white gravy
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The chicken here is firstly marinated with some spices and then barbequed or grilled till they are cooked and slightly charred..I like them to be a little charred. When the chicken in ready, pour the sauce all over and you can get ready your rice!

Recipe ( from Dapur Malaysia ) with some changes
1/2 chicken ( i used 2 wings, 1 chicken whole thigh and 1 part of breast )
For marinate
4 shallots
1 clove garlic
 1 part of ginger, about an inch
1 stalk lemongrass ( white and little green part)
1/2tbsp of coriander seeds ( biji ketumbar )
1/2 tbsp of cumin seeds ( jintan putih )

Pound or blend all the above marinate ingredients and marinate for 30 minutes. Set the oven on grill (broiler) function to cook them ( i grilled them for 220C for 20 minutes) While chicken is grilling, can start cooking the gravy.

For gravy
Pounded ingredients
9 shallots
1 clove garlic
1/2 inch of ginger
oil for frying

4tbsp of cili boh ( chilli paste )
300ml coconut milk (santan )
1/4 tbsp of fenugreek seeds ( biji halba )
3 stalks of lemongrass, bruised
5gm shrimp paste ( belacan )
1/2 cup of water
3/4 tsp salt
pinch of sugar

1.In a wok, fry pounded ingredients on med low fire heat till aromatic. Add in chili boh/chili paste, stir well and pour in the 1/2 cup of water.
2. Increase the heat , put in the coconut milk, fenugreek seeds, lemongrass, belachan and stir well to combine. Add in salt and sugar to taste. Let it come to a boil and then reduce fire to simmer and cook until gravy thickens around 30-40 mins.
3. Once ready, pour onto the grilled chicken.

I am submitting this post to Malaysian Food Fest ( Terengganu Month ) hosted by frozen wings


  1. Lena, this is very delicious! Love ayam percik, back home we buy from the Malay stall. My Mum likes to serve this during our family Chinese New Year lunch. It's always a best seller :)

  2. Wow...this is nice, I think I will make this before end of the month :) Still in time for your Terengganu month :p

  3. Saw a lot of this ayam percik at pasar malam...

    Saw Phong Hong Lor mee, now this.....erm... which one to try first eh! All looks so delicious :)

  4. Hi Lena, mouth-watering!! Now I feel like having it again :)

  5. Hi Lena, can we substitute chilli boh with normal chilli sauce, that's the one thing i dun have and dun feel like buying a whole new packet although i really want to make this dish! :)

  6. Definitely perfect to go with rice! Hope I manage to get mine done and share before Terengganu month end :D

  7. For Pahang I'll be doing a Pekan version that employs another spice.
    So many versions out there and each has its own special taste. Hmm.. do I get to taste it this weekend? hehehehe

  8. Oh! I am hungry now. I shouldn't think and miss this Ayam Percik Terengganu because I am on Vegetarian for 9 days.

  9. Lena, your ayam percik beats the rest I've came across my entire life. Yes, I prefer mine a little charred too :)

    My oven doesn't have the broiler function! How? Can I just "bake" it? T___T

  10. sound so yummy, pass me one please so i can eat together with nasi lemak, yum yum!

  11. Truly, it's love at first sight
    Not you lah, your spicy grilled chicken
    Definitely also love at first bite
    One bite will be half way to heaven

  12. Hi Lena,
    the meal was wonderful, delights!

  13. Wow! Lau-nuar loh!! Looks so delicious, this would be super good with nasi minyak! Yum! Yum!

  14. OMG, I can already imagine how flavorful this dish is! Lemongrass, cumin and coriander...yummy! With the smoky char-grill taste even better. ;D Might try the one with white sauce...spicy my kiddos cannot eat. So have to wait for Kelantan's turn? Lol!

  15. My kind of recipe any day! I love all the spices and tender and love that goes with it. I would have never know about the white and the red sauce- now I know!

  16. My favourite ayam from the malay stalls! Nw i can learn to make too, excited :)

  17. Perfect with a bowl or three of steamed rice ! :D Very appetizing dish , Lena ! Buuuuurp ! lol

  18. phong hong: i see a lot at the ramadhan bazaar recently but not sure the malay stalls have it..i think shld have since this is quite a popular dish among malays. I wonder if they taste the same..

    elin: less than 2'am..

    cindy: i seldom go pasar malam but i was just telling phong hong that i saw a lot at the ramadhan bazaar during the puasa month. Make both!

    mich: thanks a lot! im happy that you tried this too!

    sharon: dont think so. I see in tesco they have this chilli paste that comes in small packet, i think ard RM1.50, should be just nice enuf for this recipe.

    vivian: would be happy if you are able to make some for MFF:D

    wendy: pahang also got their own ayam percik? hehe..see if i can make that laksa or not..:)

    yan: oh, good for you!

    yvonne: thank you for your compliments. I copy recipe saja lah. You can bake , just like roasting in the oven..if not like mich, you can pan fry the chicken in the pan.

    sonia: yum! that would be delicious!!

  19. dreamer:

    reading your poem is always a delight
    sure you can tease my chicken alright
    whether love at first sight or first bite
    just dont dream of the chicken tonight :D

  20. duxa: thanks so much! have a nice day!

    joyce: can i bring this and join your indian fest at your house??

    bee: Kiv kiv that for kelantan! LOL!

    daphne: i think you will probably love this too, i know you quite appreciate these spices:)

    ade: cubalah!

    esther: yeah, can also try this during the school holidays:D

    anne: haha..BURP!

  21. Haiz..on diet now. So hungry and torture to see this ayam percik :(

  22. Lena, this looks lipsmacking! I am going to get some chicken wings to try this. Just irresistible!

  23. Oh....this look very delicious!!I m hungry now!!

  24. I saw this on Michele's post too, looks so delicious. Will surely ask for an extra bowl of rice.

  25. This is nice! I always order this whenever I go for Malay food. Like the spice and everything. Anything spicy attracts me well !

  26. Could feel the spicyness in my mouth just by looking at the pictures! :) Happy weekend to you, Lena!

  27. This looks absolutely brilliant! I am so hungry now.

  28. Interesting. I did not know there are different versions to Ayam Percik.

  29. Lena,
    I have just cooked this ayam percik 2days ago. It's really delish with the coconut creamy sauce. I followed your recipes again hehe
    Will post it to MFF soon. I have a few post in queue haha
    I think I got to speed up a bit :p
    Thanks for sharing.

  30. First time dropping by ur blog...the ayam looks so yummy.

  31. lena, actually, kat trg, kita org tak panggil ayam percik, kita panggil ayam golek.. tp resipi dan rupa nya tu lebih kurang jer la dgn ayam percik.. kalau dulu2 sebut ayam percik, selalunya org belah pantai barat buat seekor gitu ayam (tanpa dipotong).. tu yg membezaan ayam percik dgn ayam golek sbb ayam golek ni biasanya tak buat sekor2.. ayam tu biasanya dipotong 4.. :)

  32. Lena, the both look very good. That is why it's nice to make it yourself you can make it spicy or not or however you like it. I would like it with coconut and chillies!! Yum!

  33. Wow, this looks SO good! I haven't made anything with chicken in the longest time, thank you for the reminder!

  34. The chicken looks really good Lena! I can imagine just having this with a big bowl of rice and some pickled vegetables... meal complete!

  35. cass: eh, you cook and let your husband eat:D

    angie: oh great! hope you will like it!

    cherry potato: thank you!

    babysumo: oh yeah, surely will!

    joyce: oh, you love malay food too? can this be found easily in sin?

    claire: dont lah so kua cheong..hahaha!

    carol: thank you!

    tigerfish: yeah, just as i read the comments, i now know that pekan is also has a different version!

    doreen: happy to hear that. 1 more week for submission!

    mery: thanks for visiting and thank you for your compliments!

    KNor: oh, terimakasih for telling me that. so ayam percik biasanya ialah untuk describe the whole ayam and ayam golek is more for ayam yang sudah dipotong?

    lyn: thanks for your compliments. yeah, that's the advantage of cooking it at home:)

    cathleen: thank you! roast a chicken perhaps?

    jasline: oh yes, some acar would be nice to eat with this too!

  36. Hi Lena, your ayam percik look really good. I think I can have extra rice no problem. LOL
    If I visit you cook some for me. ;)

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