Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Chicken Kerabu ( Kelantan Peranakan Dish )

I am not surprised that many of us are not aware of  the Peranakans and also the Peranakan dishes in Kelantan. From what i understand and read, the Peranakans in Kelantan is just a very small community. They live and speak just like the local kelantanese malay, and some with a little bit of hokkien with some influence from the Malay and Thai language and call themselves Cina Kampung as this community lives exclusively in the kampung ( village ) and their houses are just like the local malay houses and some Peranakans have even Malay nicknames. They are different from the urban Kelantanese Chinese and they communicate with each other by speaking the Kelantanese Malay though the scenarios may have changed now as more and more those in the younger generation can speak Mandarin. You can read further on the Peranakan Kelantanese by clicking here

There are strong influences from the Malays and Thais in the Peranakan dish and this chicken kerabu is one of the Kelantan Peranakan Dish. While the dish tastes very similar to the usual thai style kerabu, here we can see that it uses some local leaves like laksa leaves, gula melaka ( palm sugar) and also Budu, a local fish sauce which is very popular used by the people from the state of Kelantan. You can subsitute ordinary fish sauce for budu if you do not have one. I got a small bottle of budu just to make this from Jaya Jusco. I would say this is a very delicious kerabu dish.

bottle of budu

Recipe ( The Hungry Caterpillar )
1/4 of chicken ( i used 2 parts of chicken breasts)
enough water to boil the chicken

6 shallots, sliced thinly
2 stalks lemongrass, sliced thinly
1 medium sized torch gingerbud, sliced thinly
1 sprig laksa leaves, sliced thinly
1 pc cabbage leave, sliced thinly
5 bird's eye chilli ( i didnt put this )

10 limes , halved and squeezed for juice
1cm gula melaka /palm sugar, crushed
1tbsp budu ( local fish sauce )
1/2 cm belacan ( optional)
pinch of salt

1. Boil the chicken till cooked and then shred the meat.
2. Mix in the rest of the ingredients in a bowl and pour in the sauce. Mix thoroughly and serve immediately.

I am submitting this post to Malaysian Food Fest ( Kelantan Month ) hosted by Gertrude of My Kitchen Snippets


  1. I love this! Sure nice to go with some bee hoon :)

  2. I love this dish too! drooling to see the yummy kerabu!

  3. Hi Lena,
    Your chicken kerabu looks very tempting! I have not tried Budu before, but I love Cincaluk!

  4. Looks yummy, never seen budu before, sounds interesting and if it tastes like cincaluk then I would like to try it! I love those ginger torch! So fragrant!

  5. Lena, very refreshing-looking chicken kerabu! Must be addictive in eating this kerabu!

  6. Lena, wah you also got that budu! This kerabu dish, sure I love very much!

  7. Lena , that dish looks refreshing and delicious ! Sort of cold appetizer ? Lovely color and texture as well :D

  8. Love this chicken salad, looks refreshing and flavourful.

  9. I thought of making this dish too but ran out of bunga kantan. Thank for your support. By the way can you email me your submission including the cek mek molek. Thanks.

  10. hello lena...lamanya akak tak masuk sini...dah macam2 you masak ya.
    you sehat ker? anak2 sehat? hope semuanya ok ya...

    only yesterday my staff buat kerabu kaki ayam, now dah ada kerabu ayam... yours nampak sedap...akak tak makan kaki ayam,macam tangan baby, kesian heheh
    will try this soon! thank you for sharing ya lena..

  11. lena, sejak bila kotak komen you dah ada WV?

    1. a lot of spam i dapat last month, so kena masuk word verification. Sorry yaa :D

  12. This looks very appetising. I simply love kerabu!

  13. Lena, my hubby w go crazy over this. So mouthwatering and buka selara until air liur oso drooling looking at it

  14. Love kerabu, next time I visit you, you must make this for me.

  15. This is my kind of salad...appetizing,delicious and loaded with protein!

  16. Lena,
    This Kerabu looks so appetitzing !
    Can I replace busy with fish sauce?

  17. thank you all for coming by to leave your comments. Hava a good week ahead!

  18. This looks delicious! Thanks for leaving a comment today and becoming my latest follower ;-) Have a wonderful week.

  19. What a beautiful dish! Have a great week!