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Indonesian Barbecued Chicken

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whoops, the jeruk limo is still half frozen there in pic¬† ūüėÄ

 

Indonesian Grilled Chicken ~ Ayam Bakar Bumbu Rujak Kombinasi. (Grilled chicken = ayam bakar)
There’re actually many varieties of grilled chicken in Indonesia, which I’m not even sure if I know all of them. There’s¬†Balinese Grilled Chicken, Ayam Bakar Padang,¬†Ayam Bakar Rica, Ayam Bakar Taliwang, Ayam Bakar Kalasan, Ayam Bakar Kecap… I think there’s a whole lot more.

However, this particular recipe is¬†based on ¬†“Ayam Bakar Bumbu Rujak”¬†with a slight modification. With a drizzle of sweet soy sauce (our soy sauce is much thicker & sweeter than any others)¬†and a twist of “jeruk limo” or lime, makes all the difference. It’s a recipe from grandma. My mother cooks this so often since we were little, still a favorite menu today¬†everytime my sis &¬†I come home to Indonesia.

 

INDONESIAN BARBECUED CHICKEN
(Ayam Bakar Bumbu Rujak ala Ibuku)

Ingredients:
* 8 pcs of chicken thighs
¬†¬†(I like using thighs as¬†they’re more succulent¬†for bbq)
* 6 pcs of shallots
* 6 pcs of garlic cloves
* 7 pcs of candlenuts
* 4 pcs red chili peppers
* 1 cm fresh turmeric
* 2 cm fresh galangal or blue ginger
* 2 tbs paprika powder (to give a reddish color)
~  processed all into a smooth paste

* 2 pcs of bay leaves
* 4 pcs of kaffir lime leaves
* pinch of shrimp paste (optional)
* 1 cup of thick coconut milk
* 3 stalks of fresh Lemongrass – bruised
* Tamarind 2-3 pcs (asam jawa bisa pakai 2-3 mata)
* 2 pcs of indonesian lime or jeruk limo
* 2-3 tbs of Indonesian soy sauce

Directions:
1.) Heat the pan & sauteed all ground spices, add chicken pieces
     Cook until they change color slightly.
     Add salt, pepper, sugar, shrimp paste
2.) Add 2 cups water, lemongrass, bayleaves, tamarind, coconut milk
     Cover and cook until the water becomes thick. 
     Check chicken tenderness, add more water if necessary
3.) Add sweet soy sauce. Just a few spoons or else it’s going to
     taste like satay. Add kaffir lime leaves
4.) Let it cook for a while until the chicken becomes tender
5.) Set aside chicken Рwhile keep cooking the sauce till thickens. 
     Squeeze a few drops of lime
6.) Grill the chicken over medium heat. Not too long so it stays
¬†¬†¬†¬† juicy & succulent¬†just to get a nice ‘burnt’ edges
7.) Serve with drizzle the sauce on top,
     sprinkle of bawang goreng or fried shallots.

Tambahan dari Mia adikku, katanya makannya pake sambel bajak…¬† ssshhhh-haaaahhhh!

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Grilled Fish ala Jimbaran Bali

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One of our favorite dish that we always have whenever we visit Bali. It’s probably the combination of beautiful ambience overlooking a beautiful beach stretched far into the horizon, toes burried in the white sand, fresh coconut juice off the shells and everything else that makes the grilled fish in this Jimbaran Beach ¬†taste beautifully sweet and succulent.

The recipe is modified from Business Bali online. A pretty good recipe, although we can tell there’s a subtle flavour that’s missing. Probably those coconut shell charcoal grill taste. Very possible. I subs red snapper with grouper fish, which is more common here.¬† *in case you forget, we live in a middle of a grassland¬† ūüėõ *

 

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IKAN BAKAR ala JIMBARAN
(Grilled Fish ala Jimbaran Bali)

Ingredients:
*  3 tbs toasted coriander seeds
*  1 tsp tamarind paste
*  5 cloves of garlic
*  5 pcs shallots
*  3 pcs red chillies peper
*  5 pcs candlenuts
*  3 cm fresh galangal
*  salt, pepper, bit of sugar
~ mix all this ingredients into a smooth paste

For gilling sauce:
*  4 tbs sweet soy sauce
*  2 tbs cooking oil
*  2 tbs melted butter

Cooking Directions:
1.) Stir fry the smooth paste until fragrant and cooked enough.
     Add 75 ml of water. Marinate the fish in this sauce.
     Leave for a couple of hours or overnight
2.) Prepare hot grill, cook the fish while brushing it
     with the grilling sauce.
3.) Serve with warm steamed rice.

 

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