Saturday, September 13, 2014

Guest Post : Ayam Pop from My Lil Kitchen

A dear friend of mine who is also one of the administrator of idfb (Indonesian Food Blogger), Wulan Sucipto, shows her love for Indonesian food through her post here on my blog where she agreed to be a guest writer.

Let me introduce you to the talented woman, an Indonesian who lives in Australia, a mother of 2, a photographer, a cook and the author behind "My Lil Kitchen". She has written four cook books and have been published throughout Indonesia. Last, we both are Scarllett magazine contributor under Recipe section.

So, with no further ado, enjoy the recipe from Wulan and catch her completely on her blog.
Ayam pop is one of Indonesian traditional food, originally from Padang - West Sumatera. It made from chicken with spices and coconut juice. As padang food usually had rich flavour, but this chicken is not. Most of padang restaurant in Indonesia has it as one of their menu. They serve it with warm rice, boiled cassava leaves and sambal.

As I live far away from my country, traditional food always tempting to make for our daily menu. And I need to let my children know about indonesian food as well. This chicken are really suitable for kids menu as it's not spicy at all. And I could mixed it up with salad as the subtitued of boiled cassava leaves. And they always ask for more when I made ayam pop :-)
ayam pop1


 1 whole chicken, cut into 10-12 pieces.

10 cloves garlic

1 ltr coconut water

1 lemongrass, take the white part

6 kaffir lime leaves

6 bay leaves 

1 turmeric leaf

1 sdt cinnamon powder

2 tbs butter

1/2 tsp pepper

1/2 tbs salt


Put all ingredients into a big pan. Let it boil. 

Add the chicken and cook for about 20-30 minutes or until chicken tender. 

Set aside.

You can eat directly or fried/grilled the chicken. This time i grilled the chicken so it would be dried.

It;s nice to eat with warm rice and sambal. 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Chinese mantou with braised chicken

I have always enjoyed watching Jamie's 15-Minute Meals on TV every weekend. It never occurred to me that cooking show can be so entertaining, fun and left me with some new ideas brewing in my head. Watching Jamie cooking is like watching a boy playing with his toys on a playground. He can transmit joy through his cooking.

He serves healthy and delicious foods in only 15 minutes. I made a joke once about it to my hubby and son, "I can also serve you food in 10 minutes ! I'll call the nearest food stalls and ask them to deliver what we want."  But of course that is not the point. Remember what Jamie always says on his show "IF YOU THINK YOU DON'T HAVE TIME TO COOK, THINK AGAIN" as an encouragement. Try to see cooking as a joy rather than a burden.

I'm not really sure how much time I spent when I cook this braised chicken, but it was a fast-cooking meal. It was my first trial and it became a big hit ! Kids loved it, especially my mom. She ate more and more then finally she asked me for the recipe. :D

The mantou or Chinese steamed bun was so soft, warm, fluffy and perfectly paired with my braised chicken. The buns are much nicer than the last time I ate them long long time ago. Mom used to fry mantou and as I remember I didn't like it because it was dry and hard.

It's fine if you want to make your own mantou from scratch. But if you feel it a little bit irritating then buy frozen mantou, just like I did. You can find frozen mantou in frozen section in most of supermarket.


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