Monday, September 17, 2012

Ayam Masak Hitam Sarawak/Chicken in Black Sauce

I actually cooked this dish back in April but didn’t publish it until now. Well, I am actually waiting to publish it this month in conjunction with Malaysian Food Fest Month for the state of Sarawak hosted by Sharon of Feats of Feasts . My friend Shereen gave me some Masak Hitam paste all the way from Sarawak. This dish is very famous is Sarawak. It can be cook with beef or chicken. I used chicken since I have it in my freezer. I know this dish might not look too appetizing but let me tell you it is delicious. The chicken turns out really flavorful with great aroma of spices like lemongrass, galangal, cinnamon and etc in it. If you can’t find the Masak Hitam paste and like to cook this dish from scratch you can refer to the recipe here or just Google it and you will find many recipes out there in the web world.


1 small chicken (2.5 pounds)
2 red chilies – removed seeds and slice thinly
1 medium size onions – cut into small cubes
3 cloves garlic - chopped
1 packet/tub masak hitam paste
Salt, sugar to taste

1. Remove all the fats, skin and clean the chicken. Cut it into bite size pieces. Pat the chicken dry.
2. Heat up 3 tbsp of oil in a wok or sauté pan; add in the garlic, onion and sauté until fragrant. Add in the masak hitam paste and stir-fry until fragrant.
3. Add in the chicken, continue to stir and toss the chicken until the chicken pieces well coated with the paste. At this stage the chicken will release some juice. You can add about a cup of water to it (amount depend on how much gravy you like) Cover and simmer until the chicken is completely cook and sauce thickens.
4. Check seasoning as you might need to add a bit of salt and sugar to the dish. Add in the chilies, give it a few toss. Dish out and serve with warm rice.

I am submitting this dish to Malaysian Food Fest, Sarawak Month hosted by Sharon of Feats of Feasts .

I am also submitting this dish to to Muhibbah Malaysian Monday roundup, created and hosted by Sharon of Test with a Skewer and Suresh of 3 Hungry Tummies.


Debs @ The Spanish Wok said...

Oh, this sounds delicious. Thanks for introducing us to something new.

Unknown said...

I love spicy food, but here in Italy it's a bit hard to find special spices.
I did not know this masak hitam paste
deliciuos dish

Shereen said...

Yum!My family n I love masak hitam.I must try to cook it from scratch one of these days.Try with beef next time.

suituapui said...

Slurpssss!!!! Yes, Shereen. Get to work...and when I hop over, I will sample and say pass or not! LOL!!!

Alice said...

hhmmm yum! i can eat blowls of rice with this!
masak hitam paste seems not available here in spore, for now i just enjoy your pic :)

Mich - Piece of Cake said...

This chicken looks so delicious and tempting!

3 hungry tummies said...

That looks awsome! may I steal it for MM too? :)

PH said...

It does look like something I would have with 2 plates of rice!

ann low said...

Looks very delicious! I've never try this dish before.

QembarDelites said...

I love the look of this dish! looks like dry fried chicken with sambal...yummy!

Yoong said...

Looks yummy! It's making me hungry already, at 10.35am!

Fern @ To Food With Love said... dish to me! Sounds good, looks good... I'd definitely love this!

ICook4Fun said...

Deb, you are welcome,

La Bottega, you can make the paste yourself. Just go to the link provided and all the ingredients are there.

Shereen, there is still one tub left. Sayang to use it.

Suituapui, ha ha you can sample her cooking in Dec.

Alice, me too. You can actually make the paste yourself.

Mich, thank you.

3 Hungry Tummies, I will send it to MM :)

Phong Hong, yes this dish goes so well with rice.

Ann, thanks.

Jeannie, actually the look of this dish is not so good. Black black ha ha...

Yoong, time for breakfast!

ICook4Fun said...

Fern, if you can get the paste do try it out. It is really good.

lena said...

though i never come across masak hitam paste, it looks delicious to me!learning quite some lovely dishes from sarawak this month!

Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover said...

Gert, i have a similar paste from a reader, she said she got it from Sarawak too, from the label, it stated Gula Hitam (browing), under EE Syn Corp company. She asked me to use it to make Sarawak kaya cake (if i could remembered).Do you think my paste is same with your masak hitam paste? if yes, i can use to cook this tempting chicken dish..

ICook4Fun said...

Lena, if you have a chance to get the paste do try it out. It is delicious.

Sonia, I think the gula hitam might be diffent. This paste is a mixtures of spices, chili, lemongrass, galangal and etc. The paste your friend gave you might be for cakes.