Slowly braise in a sweet tomato sauce, this chicken has lovely spice from ingredients such as chilies, lemongrass, and cloves.
By Ai Ping
So the translation’s not exactly accurate. If I stick to my guns, ayam masak merah would be red cooked chicken. Or chicken cooked in red. How enchanting is that? It’s not.
The chicken is fried and then slowly braised in a spicy, sweet and sourish sauce. Essentially, it’s a traditional Malay style dish.
Spicy tomato chicken and I, we go way back. Nasi Lemak (a local Malaysian dish) stalls in K.L. are like Taco trucks in L.A. They’re everywhere. In my teens, if I stopped at a nasi lemak stall, I’d look out for two things. Cute guys and whether the nasi lemak stall has spicy tomato chicken.Print
Ai Ping is from Malaysia but also calls Taiwan and the U.S. her home. Though armed with an IT and business background, she still prefers cooking, photography & blogging. Her website, Curious Nut says it all with its motto 'exploring life through the lens'. She loves to eat and cook, eat and play, eat and explore and share the love with everyone.