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Nyonya Curry Chicken

I remember when I was young my maternal grandmother love to cook Nyonya dishes.At that time I have no idea it's Nyonya dish,I thought it's Penang food since she lived in Penang and wear sarong.Well,some of you must question me what is Nyonya,right? Nyonya is the inter marriages between the Straits Chinese and local Malays who offers a delicate and diversify culture of Malaysia especially the food.The Nyonyas (the ladies) and the Babas (the gentlemen). Nyonya cooking is a specialty derived from the recipes of one's Grandmother, and sometimes, the influence of one's Grandfather. Their recipes were passed from one generation to the other with very little variance.
Every weekend,my grandmother will cook one authentic special dish for us to enjoy.Sometimes it's Assam Laksa,or Perut Ikan or Prawn Noodles Soup or Lobak and so on..Beside my maternal grandmother is a very good cook,my mom also inherit her skill.My mom can cook various of dishes in few hours without our help.She work fast and neat.Too bad,I didn't really inherit both their authentic cooking skill.One of the simple dish I love and learned from them is Nyonya Curry Chicken.


10 pieces cut chicken thigh ( cut to 2 pc each)

5 potatoes ( peel and cut halves)

1 star anise

3 tbsp sambal belacan spices

4 tbsp Baba's X-tra Hot Curry Powder

1 can coconut milk (400 ml)

200 ml whole milk

1 tbsp salt

1 tbsp sugar

1 tbsp chicken bouillon powder

2 tbsp cooking oil


1:Wash and clean all chicken thigh,remove the fats and chop into 2 or smaller pieces.Drain and rub some salt and 1 tbsp curry powder over the chicken,then set aside.

2:Peel and cut potatoes in halves,wash and set aside.

3:Prepare a pot at medium heat with oil.Add in sambal belacan spices, anise star and curry powder.Stir fry for 1 minutes,then add in chicken pieces and stir until well coated in spices.

4:Add in potatoes, coconut milk and whole milk to cover the chicken.Add in salt ,sugar and chicken bouillon powder into the pot.Simmer until chicken pieces and potatoes are cooked and tender, approximately 15 minutes.Keep stirring time to time if you're using stainless pot.

5:Remove from heat and serve warm with roti paratha or rice.


If you like less spicy ,reduce the curry powder and sambal spices.

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Anonymous said...
December 21, 2008 at 7:32 AM

My love curry chicken even I don't know what is "Nyonya" :( Oh...I understand now..thank you so much for your buddha very appreciate history..

And not forget to Sending my best wishes for joyful holidays season.

*~Merry Christmas & Happy New Year~*

Best Wishes,

Anonymous said...
December 21, 2008 at 9:43 AM

I can live on curry everyday :) I have to remember to buy the Baba's exra hot curry powder when I go back home. Is it really hot?

Anonymous said...
December 21, 2008 at 1:32 PM

Wah, curry chicken and roti paratha, yummy! Love it!

Anonymous said...
December 21, 2008 at 5:17 PM

This dish look delicious. I like curry chicken with roti jala.

Anonymous said...
December 21, 2008 at 7:12 PM

hai i luv ur site....chicken curry looks yummy yummy....

Anonymous said...
December 21, 2008 at 9:11 PM

Wow! I love the simplicity of curries - good with rice and bread! And it is totally a one-dish meal! love this!

Anonymous said...
December 22, 2008 at 1:35 AM

i am loving the star anice garnish ^_^ (i suck at garnishing my food)

Anonymous said...
December 22, 2008 at 4:11 AM

U welcome and wish you have a Happy Holday too:))

Gert,yes remember to get the Xtra hot and spicy Baba's in KL.Yes,it's xtra spicy than the regular curry powder,do need to add sambal olek anymore.If you have the problem to get it,let me know.I will ask my mom to get for you.We go to wholesale market at Selayang to get mine b4.

Yes,I love to eat with paratha!!

Thank you..I never try to make roti jala but must try one day to make it myself..Hiya!! no roti jala mould leh! mana boleh buat?

thank you for dropping by:)Hope to see you more often here:))

Mrs E:
Welcome to the club!

oh! mine!! this is my first time garnish with star anish..since you like it,I will garnish more on my food onward,ok? lol! looking forward your star anise posting:)

Anonymous said...
December 25, 2008 at 4:06 AM

Waaaaa....sedap2..must tryy!!!...hahah, i pun suka masakan "Nyonya"....tengah plan nak masak "Ayam Buah Keluak".....

Anonymous said...
January 4, 2009 at 11:51 AM

Your curry looks delicous! I love nyonya food, so rich and yummy!

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February 7, 2020 at 6:49 PM

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Hi!! My name is Lesley and I'm a simple SAHM(stay at home mom) who currantly live in Long Island,New York with my daughter Mishu and hubby Eliot .I'm Malaysian who live in US and A for many many moon and I'm also a person who love to eat, cook and bake. If you have any suggestions ,questions or comments please feel free to email me at beachlover1917(at)yahoo(dot)com. To know more about my life or my kitchen you can always hop over to my other 2 blog.