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Tired of the same old meals for lunch and dinner and want to try something new? Well here is a recipe that will bound to make your eye light up and your mouth water – Ayam Masak Merah.

The Ayam Masak Merah, like other traditional Malay cuisines, bolsters a flavourful gastronomic experience with an authentic Malay cuisine taste that will caress every tastebud in your mouth and leave you with mouth-watering cravings for seconds, thirds and maybe even whipping out a slice of bread to whip your plate spotless. 

Ayam Masak Merah Recipe

Ayam masak merah at a Raya kenduri

It is one of those dishes that are commonly served during major Malay events such as a wedding, Raya open houses and more, hence why there is plenty to go around but not with loads of prepping time and effort to make, but WAIT!  

Before you close this tab, we’d have you know that this version is as simplified as they come, suitable for those late on the home-cooked meal that is currently trending on social media since the start of the Movement Control Order (MCO).

Now that you have to wait another year to taste grandma’s secret Ayam Masak Merah recipe, make one from home now. It may not be as delicious as the ones back at kampung but it will sure be fulfilling some cravings this Raya. Now, enough with all the gibberish, here’s how you can cook up some Ayam Masak Merah for you and your loved ones from your kitchen.  

Ayam Masak Merah Ingredients:


  1. Marinade the chicken with turmeric and salt and set aside for 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat the oil in a wok and deep fry until golden before setting aside. 
  3. Slice the onions, garlic and ginger and set aside before blending.
  4. In a clean wok, preheat a little oil and saute the ginger, cinnamon and anise until fragrant.
  5. Add the blended mixture and dry chilli before cooking.
  6. Add the chicken and mix well before adding the coconut milk and more water.
  7. Mix well and bring to boil.
  8. Add salt and sugar and taste to your preference. 
  9. Cook until boil before lower the fire and allow to simmer.

Tummy still rumbling?

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