Time: 25 minutes.
Ayam halia masak is a kids-only dish – that’s what I heard from my Malay coursemates during my bachelor degree life. I love the dish very much albeit it is not spicy and is in fact quite sweet. Like any other Malaysian dishes, ayam halia masak has a strong, appetizing flavour with a soothing ginger aroma, which is in harmony with the turmeric-marinated fried chicken drumlets.
- 700 g chicken drumlets / drumsticks
- 1/2 medium red paprika
- 1/2 medium green paprika
- 1/2 medium purple onion
- 3 inch ginger, sliced
- 3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
- 1 tbs oyster sauce
- 1 tbs soy sauce
- 2 tsp white pepper
- 2 tsp turmeric
- [Optional] 2 red chillies, slantly sliced
1. First, marinate the chicken with salt and 2 tsp turmeric. Sliced the paprika, onion, ginger and garlic as shown below.
2. Heat the pan with some oil. Fry the marinated chicken till 80% cooked. This process should take around 10 minutes. Make some light slits so that the chicken could cook faster. Put them aside when done.
3. Using some of the remaining oil in the pan, saute the ginger and garlic for 3-5 minutes till they release their fragrance. Then, put in the fried chicken and continue the stir frying process. Pour in the oyster sauce, soy sauce and sprinkle white pepper during the frying process.
4. Cook the chicken for another 5 minutes till they are completely cooked. Pour in the paprika and onions, stir well and immediately serve them on a plate.
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