Ayam Golek

As promised, here's the main course! Ayam golek is a very popular delicacy at the southern part of Malaysia and you can easily found this kind of stalls along the road side especially during the fasting season which is coming soon. This is a none spicy but extremely flavourful BBQ/grilled chicken. In Malay, 'ayam' means chicken and 'golek' means turn around/over. So, catch the meaning!

Ingredients :

6 whole chicken leg
300ml coconut milk
2 tbsp brown sugar
salt & pepper to taste

Ground Spices :

8 shallots
5 cloves garlic
3 stalks lemongrass
100gm galangal / blue ginger
1/2 inch ginger
10 bird-eye chilies
2 tspn ground turmeric
1 tspn ground cumin
2 tspn ground fennel

Method :

- marinade chicken with salt & pepper, and leave aside for about an hour.
- combine coconut milk with the ground spices in a pan and simmer over low heat.
- then add in seasoning to your taste and off the heat.

- add in the chicken, leave to marinade and keep refrigerated after cool.
(it's best to leave overnight before used)
- finally, grill the chicken and brush with remaining marinade sauce or'
- bake at 200'C for about an hour or untill brown.

Frankly, I don't buy this kind of grilled chicken often because none of them satisfied me. Maybe it's my own problem! I felt that there's always not enough spices or whatever. Yet, still homemade is the best! hehe.... So, enjoy!


  1. This is delicious! I am always on the lookout for it during the fasting month.

  2. oh wow this looks amazing oh I will take snaps in India add me as a friend on facebook to see wedding lol


  3. I LOVE the spices mixture. Definitely will try this out!!!

  4. Aw Kristy this looks awesome! I have to make a lot of food with out the hot spices for my family then add a little later for myself! I love learning all about the local Malaysian foods! and I have all the ingredients too, I just picked up some galangal!
    Have a wonderful day!

  5. There is absolutely NOTHING I do not like here...only thing is I wish I had some right now!

  6. Chicken covered with a spicy green outfit... lovely, lovely!

  7. Kristy this sounds full of flavor...I'm familiar with all of the ingredients except blue ginger...would regular ginger work?

  8. oh ,kristy,how looks the chicken...stunning!i love the ingredients,i will try this recipe!

  9. Jeannie : I stopped buying it ever since I started making my own. I always double up the spices. It's fantastic!

    Rebecca : Thank you so much for the invitation!

    XiaoYen : Hi there, welcome to my humble little space. Hope to hear from you more often.

    Lydnz : Glad that you like it too. Btw, you still need to add in some bird-eye chilies for the sake of the fragrant. Just cut down about half if you want.

    Belinda : Haha... I am so so sorry! Guess, you have to make your own. hehehe....

    Spoon : Hi there, I am so looking forward to your new post.

    Bo : Thank you so much! Yes, you can use the regular ginger but blue ginger(galangal) gives a better aroma. You can get this from any Asian/Indian store. Good luck!

    Alison : Thank you very much, dear. Hope you & your family will like it especially Simon.

    Thank you so much for spending your time here with me. Hope you will enjoy the recipe and happy cooking!
    Have a wonderful day, everyone!
    Blessings, Kristy

  10. can't find all the ingredients here but something can be done to improvise!

  11. Delicious recipe..keep up the great work dear.

  12. Lovely name...ayam golek. I haven't heard off. Looks like you can make a dance out of it...LOL. Love all the spices there. I must try this for BBQ. Hope you have a fun day.

  13. yumm, lovely marinade. Hey is this the same thing as ayam percik? or is that an entirely different thing? have great week end.

  14. Ces cuisses de poulet avec toutes ces épices doivent être un plaisir à manger.
    Bonne journée et à bientôt.

  15. Jelena : I'm so sorry about the ingredients. Frankly, can't you find the spices from the supermarket?

    Jay : Thank you very much!

    Mary Moh : OMG, are you kidding me? I thought you're from M'sia. hehe.... Then, you must try this out. Enjoy!

    Peanutts : Oh, ayam percik & ayam golek is slightly different but still using coconut milk for the marinade. Ayam percik is a little spicy sweet & tangy. Really appertizing! I'm actually about to post that one too. See ya then.

    Nadji : Merci. Glad that you like it too. Hope you will enjoy the recipe.

    Thanks ladies for visiting and hope you are all having a wonderful time.

    Cheers, Kristy

  16. Wow. One delicious meal after another! This looks sooo great.

  17. The chicken looks SOOOOO good! Great spices!

  18. Kristy, this looks and sounds delicious to me. I could eat this any day. You asked about the baby's arm - he has allergies and is arm is bandaged with gauze to keep him from scratching a rash.
    I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

  19. Kristy, I haven't tried this before, but have always wanted to. Now that you've posted it, will definitely try making it.

  20. Paiseh...never had this before though saw many times...unless you count Kenny Rogers lah kekeke

  21. A masterpiece. Really unusual and fabulous looking (like most everything you do up here). This is a winner.

    Come to my blog and win the $40.00 Gift Card from CSNStores.com. Easy entry and great odds.

    Thanks, keri

  22. Fingerlickingly GOOD! Blue ginger....that just sounds exotic!

  23. Yum! I can imagine the flavor already from all these spices! I love to bake my chickens and am always looking for new recipes. This would be so awesome!

  24. My mouth is watering Kristy! So flavorful and delicious with all those great spices.

  25. Kristy so many flavors happening at once! I can see why this would be popular in the food stalls. I would love this dish.

  26. very new recipe.. like to try new recipes with chicken.. looks so good

  27. Otehlia : Thank you very much for your kind words. Glad you like it too.

    Andrea : Hope you will enjoy the recipe.

    Mary : Oh I see! Thank you for letting me know.

    Cheah : Honestly, this is much much better than the one selling out there. Because we can always add in extra spices.

    smallkucing : Aiyoo... never mind! Since fasting season is just at the corner, you can grab one later from the night market.

    Keri : Hi there, nice to hear from you. I thought you're Sam!

    Angie : Can you get this kind of ingredients there?

    Rosebelle : Thanks alot! Hope you will enjoy the recipe.

    Reeni : Guess, this is something new to you too. Hope you will like it.

    Velva : Thank you and hope you will enjoy the recipe as well.

    Pranis : Thank you and enjoy!

    Thank you very much ladies for visiting. Hope you'll enjoy this recipe and have fun with it.

    Cheers always,

  28. j'aime beaucoup votre cuisine parc qu'elle est très bien épicée, comme ces cuisses de poulet
    je vais finir par m'inviter chez toi :-)
    bonne journée

  29. you leave me hungry with your wonderful post! I am always looking for a good chicken marinade - delicious!

  30. Lovely fragrant recipe, any dish with coconut and galangal is a winner to me! It certainly opens my appetite for lunch!

  31. All those delectable spices on one chicken leg? I am so there!

  32. Besides all the spicy heat...I love the ingredients used in this chicken delight. I'm always looking for new ways to dress up my chicken ;o)

    Ciao for now,

  33. This is why I always visit your blog - you always have some new dish that I have never tried that looks so delicious. Maybe I should just move in with you:-)


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