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Ayam Masak Merah ... 香辣红番茄鸡

Ayam Masak Merah is a Malay dish named Malay Red Cook Chicken. 
The red colored comes from the tomato ketchup/puree and chilies. 

I know my kids loves tomato and this dish is cooking with tomato ketchup. Oh!! they will love this tasty, yummy Red Cooked Chicken. One thing i am worrying is that, this dish will be spicy so i decide to cook the kids version by reducing the chillies to the lowest amout, that is 1/2 a chilli.
The result is kids this :)

香辣红番茄鸡, 是道吃过就会爱上的一道佳肴. 它的红是来之红番茄/番茄酱和红辣椒的天然色素. 我家宝贝们爱番茄酱, 我想谁家宝贝不爱呢!! 就想煮这道佳肴给他们尝尝. 可是啊!! 又担心辣, 我要香不要辣..就来个宝贝们的不辣而香的红番茄鸡吧!! :D 真的宝贝们爱吃哦!! 开心:D

What do you think of this dish?? Don't you think this red colour is so makes this dish looks so inviting!!

Cooking this is no fuss at all. It is simple or maybe you need to blend the shallots, ginger and chillies.
 First marinate the chicken ( i used 2 large chicken maryland and i chopped into 2) with turmeric powder and salt for half and hour.
 Pre-fried the chicken cutlets/drumsticks.Then saute the blended shallots, ginger and chillies. 
Add in the slices red onion, the spices (cardamon seeds, cinnamon stick and cloves) saute again until fragrant. 
Pour in water, coconut milk, tomato ketchup and puree (i added this for extra tomato yum) stir to combine. 
Add in the chicken and simmer till the gravy reaches the thickness that you like...DONE!!
煮法还蛮简单的. 只需预备好材料, 先把鸡肉用盐和黄姜粉掩上30分钟, 再过热油, 备用.
把红辣椒,姜,红葱头搅脆了, 爆香. 加入香料如丁香, 桂皮和小豆蔻炒香. 把水,(我加了番茄泥)番茄酱和椰酱再放入过了热油的鸡块煮之酱料浓就搞定了.

Here is a little funny thing that happen when we indulge into this dish. My second (Sam) for him, he is love at first sight for this dish. When i was taking pictures of this dish, he is non stop asking me when can i eat and keep telling me he is hungry..(he is crazy over the red ketchup chicken, that what he call it) Once i am done with the shooting he start to taste the gravy. His eye goes blink! blink! he told me 'mum i loveeee this..' He slurpping the gravy and add the gravy to his white rice eating with the chicken non stop and out of certain he stops...his mouth was munching side to side and
 i ask him ' Sam what going on? what happen to your mouth??'
Sam answer 'Mum, i  think i chew on something a bit bitter and look. look ... what is this little black stick??'
We all laugh :D :D :D :D :D 
Do you know why?? He chewed one of  the clove..i only added 2 cloves and he is so lucky he chewed one of them...LOL
 说到吃这道菜还闹了个趣事. 我家二宝贝第一次吃,就爱上了. 吃个不停.
他吃鸡肉又配汁还一直说妈妈我的饭要淋汁. 吃着吃着他突然嘴巴歪过来歪过去,我还以为他呛到!! 原来他咬到一支小小的黑木..哈哈哈..他的小黑木就是丁香..:p

My boys loves this dish, as i am cooking the non spicy but still with the spices aroma kind of Ayam Masak Merah .. :p

Little Thumbs Up for Wendy sharing such lovely Ayam Masak Merah recipe :D

Malay Red Cooked Chicken / Ayam masak merah

Recipe source:  from WendyinKK 

(with my notes and modification in green)

850gm chicken parts (6 large drumsticks)

(I used 2 large chicken maryland which is about 550gm i cooked a little more of this recipe)
1 tsp salt 

(i used 1/2 tsp)
½ tsp turmeric powder
Dash of pepper

3 shallots

(i used 2 shallots)
2 cloves of garlic
(i used 2 small cloves)
1 cm ginger

(i used 1/2 cm)
2 red chilli
(i used half a chilli as i am cooking kids version here)

2 inches cinnamon

(i used 1 inches cinnamon)
3 cloves (bunga cengkih)

(i used 2 cloves)
3 cardamoms (buah pelaga)

(i used 3 small ones)
1 red onion sliced

½ cup tomato ketchup
½ cup coconut milk
½ cup water
1/3 tsp salt
1 Tbsp sugar

1 cup canned green peas (I used Ayam brand of which is more pale in colour and has that soft mushy texture)
(i didn't add this)
(My addition 1 Tbsp of tomato puree)
1. Marinate chicken with salt, turmeric and pepper for at least 30 minutes.
2. Mill shallots, ginger, garlic and chilli.

(i used a pestle and mortar to grind the above because mine is a very small portion so i am lazy to use my blend :p)
3. Heat wok and put in ½ cup of oil. Pan fry chicken pieces until the skin turns golden. Dish up. It’s ok if the chicken is not cooked thoroughly and still oozes some blood.
4. Pour away some of the oil, leaving behind about 2-3 Tbsp of oil.
5. Saute the milled ingredients on medium heat until it looks glossy, put in dry spices and sliced onion and continue to sauté until the onions looks translucent and wilts.
6. Put in the rest of the ingredients, except peas. (i didn't add peas) Return chicken into the wok to cook until the gravy reduces to preferred amount.
7. Put in green peas and let it cook for a while. Dish up and serve.

Little Thumbs Up event's theme for March is 'TOMATO"

This post is linked to the event, Little Thumbs up organised by Zoe from Bake for Happy Kids and me, my little favourite DIY  hosted by me again,  at this post.

Please join us!! To join simply cook or bake a recipe  with 'Tomato' which is the theme of this month (March) and link with us at this post for a duration of the whole month of March. Don't forget your thumbs up or just use our badge will do!!
1) We prefer a current post which is within Feb 2013 - Mar 2013. 
2) Please mention Little Thumbs Up in your post and link back to my little favourite DIY and Bake for Happy Kids.

What else after this?? Coming up next month will be the next hostess, she is Esther from Copycat Kitchen for April 2013 and her theme will be CORN!! Please view the forthcoming months hostess from the side bar of my blog. Hope you can join the fun of Little Thumbs Up events..:D 


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Zoe (Bake for Happy Kids) 和 我 (my little favourite DIY)

接下来, 四月是Esther (Copycat Kitchen)主持, 活动的主题是'玉米' 欢迎大家热烈参与!!
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Here are my blogging friends that have joined me for this Tomato Little Thumbs Up event. Please visit their blogs for more of their thumbs-up Tomato cooks and bakes.**

I am also submitting this post to  this to Malaysia Food Fest, Johor Month, hosted by Annie of Annielicious Food.
AND also to
Aspiring Baker #28: Chicken Feast (Feb 2013) hosted by SSB of Small Small Baker.


  1. Hi mui mui
    I am giving you TWO THUMBS UP!! I just loves Ayam Masak Merah; they are simply just delicious though they are many version of difference ingredients in it. I am just drooling now, slurp!

    1. Hi Mel, thanks.
      This Ayam Masak Merah is really delicious.
      You must try :D

  2. mui mui, your Ayam Masak Merah gets lots of thumbs up for me! Yah including my big toes, so you have four thumbs up hah! hah! It looks very delicious and I wish that I can have some now. It is almost dinner time and you dish make me even more hungry...

  3. Wah, Mui Mui, earlier today visited you for the bread(I think) & now the ayam masak merah, yum yum!I'm also like your children, can't eat spicy food! So this also "ngum" me too? Support support you!

    1. Jess,
      If this non spicy 'ngam' you, I don't mind cook some for

      Thanks for your support, I so glad to have a blogger friend like you.

  4. Never think that can cook kids version ayam masak merah. I'm sure my kids will love this too. They are ketchup fans too :)

    1. Viv,
      My kids is ketchup fans too.
      So our kids will love this dish: )

  5. Mmmm... the ayam masak merah looks so delicious!! Thumbs up for it :D

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  7. Your Ayam Masak Merah looks great!
    I have seen it once in a Singapore peranakan cookbook but never once tried it. Thanks for sharing, I will bookmark it and try it soon.

    1. Bee,
      This is rich in flavour of coconut milk and ketchup. Do try this and share with us!

  8. 哇哇哇!!这道好下饭呢^^我也喜欢~嘻嘻

  9. Hi Mui mui,
    Your ayam masak merah looks so vibrant and delicious! I have not cooked this dish in ages! Wah, can eat two plates of rice with this dish alone!
    Definitely thumbs up!
    Will be linking my post soon!

    1. Hi mui mui,
      I've linked up! Tomato Bread!

    2. Joyce,
      Thanks so much for linking all your lovely tomato dish :D

  10. 每次去马來朋友的婚宴我最喜欢这道菜了,可以吞下很多饭。你在美里哦,很想念那里的海边。我曾呆在美里两年多。呵呵。

    1. 茄子,


  11. Wow I love this dish. I prefer this over rendang if we're to compare.

    Btw I baked the sesame roasted chicken tonight for dinner. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Angel,
      Yes, I prefer this more too.
      Oh! I am glad you have tried the sesame roasted chicken and I hope you and your family like it.

  12. Hi Mui! Great start to your "Little Thumbs Up" event! This recipe get my BIG thumbs up! :D

  13. Hi Doreen, i love this kid's version of ayam masak merah :) it is one of my favourite malay dishes but i always find them a bit too spicy for total enjoyment, now i cant wait to try yr version, would love for my son to be able to enjoy this too, thanks for sharing :)

    1. Esther,
      Give this a go, I believe you son will love it!
      If you doesn't like spicy just omit the chilli totally.

  14. Mouthwatering dish that really makes me drool. I think I will join you by eating 2 plate of rice , just with this dish alone; Sedaplicious; Double thumbs up! ;)

    1. Kit,
      I add-on 1 more rice for you.
      Join me for this sedaplicious AMM :D

  15. Hi Doreen,

    My son is very sensitive and dramatic with even slight amount of chili added. Your boys are really good eating this dish with 1/2 a chili. Now, drooling at your food... wishing too that my son will try to eat at 1/4 chili... *sign*


    1. Zoe,
      This is really good. I bet your Ryan will love this. Just omit the chilli totally for Ryan to indulge in the dish :D

  16. Mmmm....yumyum... 1 for me pls.... sometimes i dun really like to explore too much into cooking as i hv 3 lil fussy monsters at home... Glad tat yr son loved them...:))

    1. Charmine,
      I have 3 little monsters too.
      Yes, it is hard to suits all if them at once. But the AMM is a winner in my house. Three of them loves it:)
      Try this out for your 3 little princess ^^

  17. Hi Mui Mui, your ayam masak merah must be very hor chiak. Look awesome and the gravy is sure finger licking good. I need extra rice please. :)

    Have a nice day ahead,regards.

    1. Amelia,
      Extra rice for you!
      Let Ho Chiak together!

  18. Oh, mui mui did you cook nasi tomato to go with this ayam masak merah? I can't stop looking at your ayam masak merah, must be very sedap!

  19. mui你的ayam masak merah真的卖相非常好哟。。


  20. Hello mui mui, our family loves ayam masak merah too! Yours look great.... I was also surprised my kids know how to enjoy this spicy food.

  21. This is really mouth-watering... love the spicy tomato sauce!

  22. This spicy chicken looks very appetizing! The aroma and flavor of this dish must be wonderful !

  23. Mui Mui, me and my hubby love ayam masak merah very much. I'm going to try your recipe very soon. Thank you for sharing!!!!

  24. You just remind me I have so long did not cook ayam masak merah, this is all time favourite!

  25. Yoh, my tomato-week has kicked off!

  26. 这道菜很下饭的咯,可以让我多扒几碗饭的,呵呵!

  27. Wow, killing 3 birds with one stone huh! lol! I love Wendy's recipe for Ayam Masak Merah too!

  28. Hi Mui Mui, very delicious Ayam Masak Merah which I'm looking for. There are so many versions but I'll try this cos' the quantity is just sufficient for my family.

  29. Mui Mui, I wish I have time to join the event but I seldom cook leh, dunno can make it or now :(

  30. 老实告诉你hor,我不知道有没有吃过这道菜呢,嘻嘻!

  31. i've yet to try ayam masak merah, never eaten before..i must really try it one day. YOu make it sound so simple, i dont know why i'm just delaying it :D

  32. Hi Doreen,
    I've linked one more, Tomato Tart with Basil and Ricotta!

  33. The version I'd tried some years back was dry ones & I kinda like it. This looks good with a bowl of fragrant rice :)

  34. This is an interesting event to follow. Nice for sharing all kinds of recipe using the ingredient of the month.

    1. btw where should I link it? any of your tomato dish post?

  35. Hi Doreen,
    I've just linked! Chicken and Tomato Curry!

  36. Mui Mui,

    can u hep me to edit the title into "ABC 蒸鸡 ABC Steam chicken"? Item75!


  37. All right, Mui Mui, my posting for Tomato theme has now come to an end! Next few days will be busy with the Easter holidays plan, see you next week! Have a nice celebration with your family!

  38. Mui Mui,
    congrats for hosting such a successful blog hop, so many tomato recipes! If I cook one everyday, it will take 3 months to finish all the recipes =)


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