Thursday, December 20, 2012

Ayam Golek Pahang ( Pahang Style Spicy Grilled Chicken )

Very glad that i tried this dish, it turned out really good. I havent tried cooking ayam golek other styles, other version so i cant tell the difference but if compared to the ayam percik Terengganu style, also another type of grilled spicy chicken, i think i like this even more. It uses a lot of onions in the gravy and together with the lemongrass and coconut milk , it makes a very tasty dish. If you cant really take hot, i would suggest you reduce the amount of dried chillies, to me i'm fine with this. I referred the recipe from Phong Hong's post here and she mentioned that she finds the sauce is a little sweet so i was very cautious about the sugar, i just added little by little. The gravy is delicious and as usual, most malaysians i believe will not forget our rice, so be sure to cook more rice unless you want to go on a diet. Also be prepared to use your fingers to eat the chicken unless you cut the chicken into bite sizes otherwise just break them apart and pick the flesh off them, finger licking good too! You will be forgiven for not practicing table manners least for this dish..LOL!

it may appear dry but it isnt really...
the meat is just nice and tender..keep basting the chicken with gravy a few times in the oven. 

Recipe ( from Phong Hong Bakes, adapted from the book Rasa Malaysia ) with some adjustments made
for marinating chicken
1 whole chicken, about 1.5kg ( i separated the wings and thighs and the rest cut into quarters )
2.5tsp salt
1tsp turmeric powder

for gravy
1.5tbsp meat curry powder
2.5tsp salt
1.5tsp sugar
3 small pieces asam gelugur/ tamarind pieces, soaked in hot water for 5 mins
200ml thick santan diluted with 150ml water

Blended ingredients
20 dried chillies
300gm shallots
2 stalks lemongrass
1 thumbsize piece of ginger

1. Marinate the chicken with salt and turmeric powder for 15 minutes.
2.Mix blended ingredients, curry powder, asam gelugur, santan , sugar and salt in a small pot and simmer over low heat until thick. Turn off heat.
3.Grill chicken in oven until both sides are cooked. ( i grilled mine at 200C for 20mins ). Spoon the gravy onto chicken and continue to grill for 5 minutes. ( i reduced the temp to 180C , spoon the gravy over and grill for 5 minutes. After that, i continue to spoon the gravy again over chicken and grill for 10 minutes.Lastly , i brush the chicken with gravy and grill for another 10 minutes ) Note that i still have around 1/2 bowl of gravy left which i then use to further spoon over chicken upon serving.

I am submitting this post to Malaysian Food Fest ( Pahang Month) hosted by Wendyinkk of Table for 2 ...or more


  1. Hi Lena, So early in the morning, and you are making my mouth water! I have not had my breakfast yet and my tummy is rumbling now! Looks so delicious, I'll just golek myself over there, anymore left! Looks so delicious! Yum!
    Now, got to go find some breakfast, my tummy is really having an orchestra right now! :)

  2. Memang sedap even by just looking at it! Slurp...and drooling now.

  3. So mouth watering Lena, feel like having this for lunch right away!

  4. I think I shall try this spicy grill chicken. Looking soo...good!

  5. Hi Lena! Love this Pahang Style Spicy Grilled Chicken. Is it okay to add more turmeric with curcumin powder?

  6. Oh Lena you always have a way of making me want to come to your house for dinner. I hope one day to be able to make one of your enticing meals. They always have a way of making me hungry even after I've just finished eating dinner!!! Thank you so very much for sharing...

  7. Hi Lena,
    Wishing you and family "Merry Christmas" and a very "Happy New Year 2013". You have such a nice grilled chicken. Good Work.

  8. Hehe... i want to try it as well. Looks sedapppppppppppp...

  9. Lena, penatnya akak telan airliur masuk sini, tengok gambar pun dah tau ini mesti sedap punya. Entah bila boleh try, sekarang sibuk sangat, baking and catering.

    Wishing "Merry Christmas" and a very "Happy New Year 2013" to you and all at home, Lena.

    banyak buat kueh dah? hantar sini sikit, boleh?

  10. Lena, ada calendar 2013 for you in my nest... kalau sudi pilih saja yang mana you suka...

  11. YUM!.. it wouldn't taste the same if you use fork and knife!

  12. By looking at it I can tell that it's really really good. Wah, Lena..stop tempting me ler..too bad we missed each other at Ipoh. Coming to BBW again one last time? wink wink...

  13. Lena, this dish is so mouthwatering and will make me forget my mother's name (as quoted from Uncle Lee).

    I'll lepas brake and forget about my diet plan temperorary. 2 big bowls of rice, please.

  14. Lena , my stomach's rumbling ! lol That grilled spicy chicken looks DROOL-WORTHY !!! Sedap indeed :D

  15. That looks! I will wear a very red dress to eat this to make it even more hot....haha. The weather is so cold now that your chicken would just be perfect to keep me warm with all the spiciness......mmmm. Hope you are enjoy this Christmas season!

  16. Look super delicious!! I too saw it at Phong Hong's Bakes and bookmarked it. I don't think I can make it on time for MMF as too busy with Christmas baking. I might cook it later.

  17. Recently I cooked chicken curry with lemongrass, assam, curry powder and most of the ingredients featured here. Now there is the grilled version :) Looks super scrumptious! Drooling...

  18. Wow, Lena! Your ayam golek turned out beautiful and golden!

  19. Eileen, Hundred Eighty DegreesDecember 21, 2012 at 3:28 PM

    Now in Spain, miss all the spicy food. Yours look awesome!

  20. Ooo i told PH i must make this soon, but with all the christmas do, this was put on the backburner, must try this next month. Your chicken looks delicous. I better go and have my dinner now haha,

  21. Lena, this chicken looks amazing, I'm sure with all those yummy ingredients that it is delicious! Thanks for sharing.

  22. Lena,
    Is this another version of Ayam Percik?

    Your Ayam golek is so nicely grilled. Looks so flavourful and delish!

  23. joyce: golek here, golek did you golek yourself to your breakfast?:D

    wenn: hi, thanks and thanks for coming by here!

    love2cook: thanks so much! how are you? sorry for not visiting lately, will do so soon!

    mel: thanks, mel!

    mich: you can try to cook this:)

    vivian: yeah, pls do and hope you like it too!

    sweety: hi, thanks for your visit. YOu mean cumin powder? of course you can add cumin powder but it will of course taste a little different. i just cook according to the mentioned recipe..pahang style:)

    doris: hey, thanks! hope you are good there!

    louise: hi!! always glad to hear from you. Merry christmas to you and send my rgds to marion!

    delphine: thank you so much! so nice to hear from you again. Merry christmas and have a wonderful new year!

    yan: terima kasih!

    cass: thank you! try to cook this!

    knor: thank you, kak!!

    queenie: hey, i tak ada buat kuih..malas la dekat sini. Kalendar for me?? thank you my dear. I shall chk it out very soon!!

    jasna: couldnt agree more! Happy new year to you!!

  24. jen: hi, yeah you went back a day earlier!! im will not be going to the sales again..enough! enough! LOL!

    yvonne: hahaha! yeah, forget hubby's name also!!

    anne: thank you, hey you know 'sedap'??

    mary : wow, wear red lipstick also ok?? fiery hot lady!! must be super cold there, wishing you a wonderful christmas!!

    gert: thank you, sure there are lots of christmas baking in your house, merry christmas, gert!!

    tigerfish: yum..that already sounds delicious..merry christmas to you!!

    phong hong: thanks! and thanks for sharing a great recipe!!

    eileen: wow, you in spain?? share some photos with us, have a wonderful holiday and catch up later! Merry Christmas!!

    esther: oh, i hope you will find some time to try this..i'm sure you will love this too!

    chris: thanks so much! merry christmas to you!!

    doreen: the way of cooking is quite similar to ayam percik but taste a little different. I feel that the taste is also quite similar to a nyonya curry..:)

  25. Ahh Lena this look really delicious I love it!! Merry Christmas Lena!

  26. Looks really good! I didn't know there were so many different versions of ayam golek.

  27. ✫✫✫
    Receita deliciosa.

    "Que o Natal seja mais um momento
    em que as pessoas acreditem
    que vale a pena viver um Ano Novo!!!"

    Feliz Natal!!!

    (⁀‵⁀,) ✫✫✫
    .•°*”˜˜”*°•.✫✫✫ MERRY CHRISTMAS!

  28. Certainly sedap. I love making grilled chicken for our weekend meals. Will try this Pahang style soon..after the festive break!

  29. Yum, yum! A definite candidate for Christmas, Malaysian style meal :)

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  31. Lena, I want to try this after Christmas. Now busy cooking and baking all the Quay Lo stuff. Hehe. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and family. Hugs.

  32. Look at the spices used, no doubt this is yummy . I would like to take this opportunity to wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

  33. Ooh i love all these grilled chicken recipes, looks almost similar to Kay Pachok that phong hong make for terengganu month. hope to try this in time for pahang month

  34. Hi Lena, guess your delicious chicken boh liow? LOL Look really finger licking good and I don't mind to have extra rice.

    Have a nice day.

  35. The name of this dish is enough to make me salivate! Great recipe as always, and I'll have to make this one day!