Monday, 6 March 2017

Gulai Ayam Terengganu (Terengganu Chicken Curry)


Something from good old Terengganu, my beloved home state. I don't know why one weekend I just had this craving for Terengganu style curry. 

I only get to eat this type of curry when I return home to Kuala Terengganu. My family's go-to Malay food stall is Binjai where we can get all sorts of fabulous Terengganu Malay cooking.


So where did I get the recipe? Where else but my ex-classmate's blog Secubit Garam. I can always count on Nora for great recipes.

Now, when you want to cook Terengganu style curry, you need a secret ingredient. This.


Rempah Gulai Cap Bunga Rose. I don't know if you can get this outside of Terengganu. Ada dok? Ke guaner?

So if you want this secret ingredient, you have to ask anyone going down Terengganu to buy it for you. 


My supply came from my mum and she actually bought it for me quite some time ago. I examined my packets of cap bunga rose curry powder for the expiry date but I found none.

So. Being the daredevil that I am, I took a leap of faith and used the curry powder anyway. It still smelt good and looked to be in good condition as I kept it in the fridge since day one.


The gulai smelled fantastic as it was simmering away and one taste of the gravy confirmed that I nailed this delicious Terengganu chicken curry. That's thanks to Nora's recipe 😘

Don't freak out when you see sugar in the recipe because Terenganu curries have a sweetish taste which you west coast people may find very strange.

Gulai Ayam Terengganu
Recipe source : Adapted from Secubit Garam

Ingredients :
- 2 chicken legs, thigh and drumsticks separated
- 5 drumsticks

Dry spices :
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 5 cloves
- 3 cardamoms
- 3 star anise

Blended :
- 9 shallots
- 4 cloves garlic
- 1 inch ginger
- 1 tsp turmeric powder (I ran out of fresh)
- 1 tsp belacan

- 2 packets Rempah Gulai Cap Bunga Rose + water to make a paste
- some water
- 1 tsp asam jawa (tamarind paste) + 1/4 cup water
- 1 packet coconut milk (200ml)
- Salt and sugar to taste

Method :
1. Heat oil in pan and saute dry spices until aromatic.
2. Add blended ingredients and saute until aromatic.
3. Add curry paste and continue to saute until oil rises to the top (can add some water if too dry)
4. Add chicken and stir to coat with the curry paste.
5. Add water and bring to a boil.
6. Add asam jawa and coconut milk (I added santan bit by bit to avoid curdling)
7. Keep stirring to prevent coconut milk from curdling.
8. Let simmer until chicken is tender.
9. Season with salt and sugar to taste.

43 comments:

  1. Aduuuusss!!! Terliur-liur ni....huhuhuuu lari balik! Nak masak begini juga!

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    1. hee..hee...try lah, Amie. Sedap sangat.

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  2. I sure would love to try, curry from Terengganu. Wonder how different that is.

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    1. The taste and aroma is quite unique.

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  3. I can have extra bowl of rice with it... hehe...

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  4. This look so simple and yet absolutely fantastic, I need nasi kunyit for these!

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    1. Oh yes, it goes great with nasi kunyit :)

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  5. sweetish taste like japanese curry? I just like to eat curries - those not super spicy curries only. hope to get to taste this terengganu curry one day. i hope that it is not too spicy so i can eat it. from your photos, it look very delicious!

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    1. This curry is not too spicy. Quite mild actually and very aromatic.

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  6. Never tasted gulai before. Must try this if got chance. So it is more of a sweet curry??

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    1. Yes, it is slightly sweet as is most curries from Terengganu or Kelantan.

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  7. Aduhhh PH....menarik sangat u punya kari weyh...
    Peha ayam gemuk gemuk tu buat i pun nak masak kari jugaklah esok haha... Patutlah kari belah Pantai Timur ni sedap ek...rupanya guna cap Bunga Rose

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    1. Lain kali kalau Hainom ada peluang ke Terengganu, beli banyak2 rempah gulai cap bunga rose tu. Best tau :)

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  8. PH, this rempah ada kt tganung je, cant find anywhere else lah, that's why gulai ayam or gulai ikan aye for nasi dagang so special. Ai also have this rempah kari, simpan dah lama, but still in good condition, so when i craving for gulai nasi dagang, ai guna sikit2, sayang takut habis, hihi

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    1. Oh, like that kena import lah... PH pun ada simpan quite a few packets. Nanti nak pakai lagi buat gulai daging.

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  9. I love this gulai too..lame dooh dok balik kappong...

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    1. PH pong lame doh dok balik kapong. Rindu plok.

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  10. i just realised i don't know any real-life friends from terengganu - from kelantan and pahang, yes, but not terengganu :D argh, i want the curry - a piece of thigh, please :D

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    1. Well getting to know me is a start hah..hah...

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  11. Curry chiken is always my favourite, seems like I have many favourites muahaha

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    1. Wonder how sweetish terengganu curry taste like? (Got the hint?, hee hee)

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    2. hee..hee... My Singapore relatives used to love visiting Terengganu.

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  12. Would definitely like to get this rempah paste when my friend goes to Terengganu. Your curry dish looks really delicious!

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    1. Thanks, Ann! I must buy more if I go back to Terengganu and I can share with you.

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  13. Cinnamon, cloves, cardamoms, star anise - sounds very Christmassy. ;-)

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  14. memang minat gulai camni. orang buat makan nasi belauk atau dgn nasi dagang

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    1. Sedap kan? Nak masak lagi sebab tak cukup hee..hee...

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  15. The curry looks thick and nice...though I like potatoes in my curry...but that wouldn't be a Terengganu chicken curry then, right? ^_~

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    1. You could add potatoes, why not, eh?

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  16. Until today I have not visited Kelantan and Terengganu states yet. I must visit these 2 by this year to complete my 13 States visited in Malaysia. I have been hearing about the delicious food from these 2 states and this blogger here would not even feed me her yummy curry. How sad..!

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    1. LOL! Bring your wife for a holiday in Terengganu. It will be a nice change from Japan :)

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  17. Wow.. so many drumsticks soaked in the yummylicious looking curry!! I am very hungry now.. but tonight dinner is bread and ginger jam only. :(

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    1. Aiyo, just bread and jam. So kesian...

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  18. Ooo..asal org ganu ye PH. Btw, rempah gulai cap bunga ros tak penah nampak lagi kat kch

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    1. Ye, orang ganu :) Rempah tu ada kat TG sahaja.

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  19. Yummy! Wish I could have some to go with noodle or bread :)

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    1. Yes, it's great with noodles or bread but I prefer it with rice :)

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