Time: 30 minutes.
If you have been following my blog, you may have realize I had spending most of my university time eating Chicken Paprik ala Thai (Ayam Paprik Thai) So what would I eat if I got tired of that? You’re right! It is Ayam Kicap and it is exactly what we are going to talk about today!
It is important to note that the soy sauce used in this recipe is different from the Chinese or Japanese soy sauce. This Malay version is called kicap manis, is a form of thick, sweetened soy sauce used in many Southeast Asian cuisines. You may, however, substitute with a mixture of Chinese dark soy sauce and honey.
Ayam kicap manis means sweet soy-sauce chicken in the Malay language. Besides the kicap manis, it is cooked with a combination of spices of chilli, onions, gingers, garlic, cinnamon and star anise. This sweet, spicy and salty dish is a perfect summer dish which would always gives you all the appetite you need on a hot, nerve-cracking summers day.
- 12 chicken drummets
- 3 shallots (Alt: Onions)
- 3 cloves of garlic
- 2 cm ginger
- 1-2 red / green chillies
- 2 tbs kicap manis (Alt: Dark soy sauce)
- 2 tbs honey
- 1 star anises
- 1 cinnamon stick (Alt: 1/2 tsp grounded cinnamon)
- 100 ml water
- [Optional] Sugar
1. Prepare all ingredients. Cut the shallots, garlic, ginger and chillies into smaller pieces. Blend them into a paste.
2. Add 1 tbs corn starch and coat the chickens. Lightly fry the chicken over a 180°C oil. You do not need lots of oil, around 3 tbs oil would be enough.
3. Fry till the chicken drumlets turn yellowish-brown. Take them out and leave aside to rest while we move on to other steps.
4. Pour in the chilli paste and saute over a medium flame for around 3 minutes. Then add in the cinnamon and star anise. Saute for another 5 minutes and then pour in the soy sauce, honey and sugar. Mix well.
5. Bring the mixture to a boil as shown below. Pour in the water and stir well. When the mixture boils again, put the chicken back in and mix well. Cover the lid and simmer for 15 minutes on a low flame.
6. Open the lid and your ayam kicap manis is now done. Transfer them onto a plate. Garnish with some chopped spring onions. Makan!!! (Eat!!!)
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