Eventhough this dish using more than 20 bird's eye chilly, to me it is not that fiery hot at all. I think this dish is the most easiest dish to cook. Just prepare those ingredients on hand and blend it to paste and put everything into a pot and cook till the chicken cook. That's it.
I seldom use coconut milk in my cooking and even when I cook chicken curry, I don't use coconut milk but I substitute with fresh milk instead. But for this Ayam Masak Lemak it is just simply too delicious to try it out to use the coconut milk. What is Ayam Masak Lemak when it doesn't use coconut milk?
Chicken In Bird's Eye Chilli & Coconut Sauce
Recipe sourced from Azlita of Masam Manis
½ chicken; cut to bite size (I’ve used only chicken thighs)
3 medium size potato; cut in 4 pieces
½ tumeric leaf, finely sliced
2 lemongrass, bashed
1 cup (250ml) thick coconut milk
Salt to taste
Grind/Blend to paste
20 bird’s eye chilli
2” fresh tumeric root
2” ginger root
2 lemongrass (white part only)
½ tumeric leaf
2 cups water
Put the blended paste into a medium size pot. Add in the chicken pieces and potato, bring to boil, and lowering the heat till the chicken and potatoes has tendered and cooked.
Add in the coconut milk and frequently lightly stirring to avoid the coconut milk split into oil. Add salt to taste.
Sprinkle the additional thinly sliced tumeric leaf and serve hot.
You can always reduce the chilli if you can't withstand the spiciness!