Friday, March 2, 2012

sulawesi coconut chicken with indonesian salad

I'm excited to feature another guest blogger, this time from Australia!  I'm loving all of the international cuisine that has been featured here lately.  This is another one that looks like an absolute winner.

Hello. I’m Sas from sunny Perth, Australia and I’m thrilled to be invited to write a guest blog for Kristin. I’m a software developer with a passion for cooking. I have a food blog called Eat Cook Code where I share my culinary adventures - cooking for my family and friends. My blog has a range of different recipes, including some that are gluten free and some that are very Australian.

If you look on the map, you’ll see that Perth is very close to South East Asia so much of our food has influences from that region. We’re actually closer to Indonesia than we are to the other side of Australia. Sydney is 4 or 4 1/2 hours by plane and their timezone is 2 or 3 hours ahead of us, depending on the time of the year. Bali is just 3 1/2 hours by plane, in the same timezone and is a lovely place for us to holiday.

I really like cooking Indonesian food. I also love this book.

A friend bought it for me after we went to Bali together. So I thought I’d share my version of a favourite dish from Indonesia – Sulawesi coconut chicken with Indonesian salad.

For 4 people, you'll need 8 chicken thighs and a spice paste made from:

2 thick stalks lemongrass, finely chopped
3 tablespoons ginger, finely chopped
1 teaspoon ground turmeric (or finely chopped fresh if you can get it)
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 medium sized brown onion finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon white pepper

Mash these ingredients together with a mortar and pestle until they look like this. The turmeric adds a bright yellow tint.

 The paste is pretty chunky. I didn't put TOO much effort into mashing up the ingredients!

If you don’t have a mortar and pestle, you can use a food processor but don’t make the mixture too fine.

Spread the paste over the chicken thighs and place the container in the fridge for an hour.


You don't need to cover the chicken completely. The flavours are just getting to know each other at this stage!

After an hour, turn on the wok and add a large tin of coconut milk (400ml). Don’t use coconut cream as it will be too thick.

When the coconut milk is hot, add the chicken thighs. You don't need to mix it up too much. When the mixture simmers, the paste will combine beautifully with the milk.

While the chicken simmers, toast half a cup of dessicated coconut in a dry frying pan until it turns golden brown.

 Check the chicken after about 30 minutes. It should look like this.

The mixture will thicken up a little and turn a bright yellow colour. Now it's time for the toasted coconut.

Add the coconut and stir it in. You will end up with a thick sauce coating the chicken thighs.

 The chicken is ready to eat!

You can serve this chicken with an Indonesian salad. Basically, you can blanch any vegetables and pour over a dressing made with the following ingredients.

1 tablespoon palm sugar (jaggery), grated (you can substitute brown sugar)
1 teaspoon fish sauce
2 tablespoon white vinegar
1 tablespoon water
2 small red chilli, finely chopped

Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl.

 I blanched some broccoli and zucchini. You can also use carrots, green beans or cauliflower.

Serve the chicken with the salad and, optionally, some steamed rice.

As you can see, I had mine without the rice and it was delicious. I hope you like it too.

Selamat makan (which is Indonesian for bon appétit)!

Please drop by and visit my blog for more of my recipes. Post a comment to say hello – I always love to hear from other foodies!

Eat Cook Code

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