I remember cooking this dish on one of my Diari Mangkuk Tingkat (Tiffin Diary) episodes, featuring Sona One, along with other classic Malaysian dishes. The major tip I can share with you when making a good sambal balado is to use the best ingredients. Buy a good quality coconut oil because a little bit goes a long way. Make sure your chilies and onions are fresh and use a pastel and mortar to pound 'tumbuk' your ingredients.
Recipe Category: Malay
A dish that will get your mouth watering in an instant and incredibly easy to make. Chunks of aubergines and tempeh fried until crispy and coated in a luscious mixture of sweet, spicy and thick chili soy sauce. This is something that can quickly be prepared for your buka puasa dinner!
This is a very easy one pot wonder that you must try for gatherings, a perfect Malaysian style curry to share with your loved ones because it is filled with hearty vegetables plus it feeds a large group of hungry people!
You can opt to make a large batch of sambal in advance and place it in a airtight container and keep in the fridge for up to 1 month or the freezer for up to 6 months. Always keep a jar of sambal in you fridge because you’ll never know when you need a bit...
The trick to make your fried chicken crispy is to ensure you clean and pat dry your chicken before you start the marinating process. This along with the combination of starch (in this case I am using corn flour), the dry spices (or dry rub which I am using some Indian curry powder and turmeric) and the wet marinate (ground onion, garlic and lemongrass). You are almost guaranteed a crispy, aromatic and beautifully golden brown crust/skin. The trick to make your chicken juicy on the inside is to make sure your oil is hot (at least 185c) and to place your chicken at a high heat for the first 3 - 5 minutes. Then, bring it down to about 165c (for the remaining of 5 - 6 minutes) so it cooks the inside without burning the chicken.
The perfect Indonesian inspired dish with a tasty combination of tofu, tempe and sambal to fit your spicy palates. Best served as side dish with white or brown rice!