Assam Chicken

This is one of my favourite savoury dish. The recipe was written on a piece of torn exercise book page, and the instructions seems to be something that is written from recalling the recipe on the spot, and promised something that comes from the mind of someone that cooked this dish over and over again without the need of a formal piece of recipe. The handwritting was my Aunt Sylvia's, and it certainly looked like a Nyonya style dish, with the use of candlenut and daun kesum in the dish. We love the pineapple that lends its wonderful tart and sweetness to the chicken dish. The daun kesum makes the dish even more fragrant. Goes best with white rice.

Assam Chicken
from Aunt Sylvia
10 shallots
3 cloves garlic
2 inch turmeric 
10 dried chillies
1 tablespoon assam jawa
1 candlenut

1 small pineapple
2 pieces chicken breast/ 4-6 drumsticks
3 stalks daun kesum (laksa leaf)

  1. Blend the shallots, garlic, turmeric, dried chillies, assam jawa and candlenut to form a paste.
  2. Cut chicken into desired pieces and season with salt.
  3. Heat oil and saute the blended paste until fragrant. Add salt to taste.
  4. Add chickem and daun kesum. Mix well.
  5. Add pineapple. Cover and cook. The pineapple will release a lot of juice, so additional water is not necessary.
  6. As the chicken cooks, add assam juice to taste. Adjust taste as desired. 

I am submitting this post to Malaysian Food Fest (link to here, Melaka State hosted by Cindy of yummylittlecooks).

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  1. This certainly looks very very appetizing.

  2. Hi Jocelyn!

    Oh my goodness, your Aunt's chicken recipe sounds oh so inviting!

    Thank you so much for sharing...

  3. This looks very yummy! Auntie's traditional recipes are always good but they require a lot of cooking experience.

  4. Hi Jocelyn,
    This is a very lovely nyonya style dish.
    Sure have to eat with another bowl of rice..;)

  5. Hi Riceball, thank you for the award! Much appreciated. Your dish looks delicious! I hope all is settling down in your new job. And do join us for baking again soon. Take care.

  6. hi riceball, i'm sure this is a great recipe as it looks very good! I like assam with pineapples too. oh, thanks for sharing the award with me, i know you havent told me yet, but i'm collecting it first now:D enjoy the holidays!

    1. You deserve it Lena! Glad to be cooking and baking along with you!

  7. Your asam chicken looks delicious! Must cook more rice, definitely will have a second helping!
    Congratulations on your award and thank you for passing it on to me. Glad to have known you too!
    Have a great week!

    1. You are welcome! Enjoy the rest of the week!

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  9. woohoo assam chicken? must bookmark and try out! Great to be cooking and blogging along with you too!

  10. Hi Jocelyn,

    It has been a while since we wrote... Just want to ask if you still wish to host Cook Like a Star (Martha Stewart) for Dec 2012.



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