Nyonya Chicken Curry
Nyonya Chicken Curry, “Gulai Ayam Nyonya” (Bahasa Malaysia), “Kali Kay” (Hokkien), is an aromatic, medium thick curry. It’s taste differs from Malay and Indian curries. Using a myriad of herbs such as red onions, lemongrass, old ginger, candlenuts and turmeric root create the uniqueness. Additionally, dried and fresh red chilies lend a slow burn heat, gradually warming your palate. I fondly remember my maternal grandmother cooking a large pot of this curry for Chinese New Year eve, accompanied with yellow glutinous rice. Indeed, I looked forward to the leftovers the next day. The flavours would have intensified, making toasted bread it’s perfect partner.
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