Monday, November 10, 2008

Easy Peasy Ayam Percik

Dedicated to Nazrah

"Ayam Percik" ("Ayam" - are-yum is chicken, "Percik" - purrrrr-cheek is sprinkle/spatter) is the East Coast Malaysian version of barbecue chicken. Instead of a spicy, tangy and sweet sauce though, they use a spicy, creamy, sweet and sour sauce to marinade, and to baste the chicken with.
If you try and g00gle for the recipe, you'd find many many versions of the recipe, ranging from complicated to easy. The one I'm using is one of the easier ones coz as you all may be aware, I am a lazy cook and is always looking for shortcuts. This one is actually based on my mom's recipe for the sambal tumis nasi kerabu (the gravy that goes with rice eaten with salad of a combination of leaves, shoots and herbs). The ingredients are easy enough to find, and it requires very few steps, but on the scale of 1 to 10 (1 being the easiest), I would prolly rate this as a 6, because it does require a little bit of patience to wait for the gravy to thicken up and cook properly.
The result, however, is worth it ;)

Easy Peasy Ayam Percik

5 dried chillies (you may use chipotle if you like, soaked in warm water to soften)
5 shallots
2 cloves garlic
a thick sliver of fresh garlic
1 can (about 2 cups) coconut milk
1 chicken stock cube (or 1/2 cup of chicken stock)
one lemon grass (only use bottom 5 inch, bruise with the back of a knife)
1/2 tablespoon tamarind paste
1/2 tsp salt (or to taste)
1 tbsp sugar
1 medium sized chicken cut into quarters or eighths.

Blend or pound chillies, shallots, garlic and ginger.
In a saucepot, combine all ingredients except chicken and stir to mix well.
Bring to a boil then add in chicken.
Let simmer till chicken is 3/4 cooked.
Take out chicken pieces with a thong, set aside and prepare griller/broiler.
Simmer gravy till it is thick and oil starts to break out.
Baste chicken pieces with gravy and grill/broil till chicken is done, turning once and basting it again.
Serve with remaining gravy.
Can be eaten with rice or bread.

Ayam Percik with Almost Nasi Kerabu

I had my ayam percik with white rice, a salad of thinly sliced long beans and water convulvus, and crispy fish crackers. It was only a sambal ikan & kelapa short of nasi kerabu, but it was enough to satisfy a rambler away from home like me ;)

Edited to add:
To make sambal nasi kerabu, subtitute chicken stock with ikan bilis stock or 1/4 cup budu (or anchovy sauce).
This sauce also goes well with fish.


  1. elisa, what a coincidence! I made ayam percik too - but my own version.
    fresh chillies, onions, serai, daun limau perut - semua blend - tumis and masukkan santan. then masukkan pieces of chickento cook it a bit and then masukkan dalam oven.

    i will give your version a try.

  2. if laidis, balik mesia cepat lah... nak rasa awak masak!!! *yum yum*

  3. Kak Teh,
    Daun limau purut.. yum! Mesti wangi dan tangy. I had some, but tak teringat lak nak letak.. Must try next time!

    8 bulan aje lagi... ;)

  4. elisa: that's how it's suppose to look!! i cuold not get the color right. turned out i chose a really messed up recipe!

    thanks for giving me the EZPZ option!

    u r a gem!

  5. i loike this!! haih... kalu makan ala2 grilled chicken without the nasi pun sedap kan!

  6. Nazrah,
    the sugar really makes a difference. It gives the chicken the caramel tinge. If you want to give it more color, can also letak saffron ke, kunyit ke..
    Next time I nak tiru kak Teh and letak daun limau purut and maybe some daun pandan in the gravy. Kasi kick sikit.

    Ho yeah... I can imagine eating this with some creamy potato+egg salad.. with pita bread and simple arugula salad.. yums!
    how lah to kurus like this..

  7. kurus is a distant memory as i keep saying to myself when i don't feel like controlling my binge-eating.

  8. mmmmmm... sedapnya bau!!!!

    aisehman... all ur recipes come with 'easy-peasy' phrase... what's not easy for u,ek? hehehehe i jugak tak ter'try' ur yummilicious recipes!!!

  9. Naj,
    Most of my recipes have 'easy peasy' preceding them becuase i am LAZY!!! So I only cook easy peasy stuff .. tee hee.