Saturday, September 7, 2013

Chicken with Bamboo Shoots in Spicy Gravy (Ayam Masak Lemak Rebung)


Assalamualaikum and hello everyone,

The dish I am sharing with you today is called Chicken with Bamboo Shoots in Spicy Gravy or Ayam Masak Lemak Rebung in Malay. This dish is quite simple to cook and does not take too long. Unless the chicken is old in which case the chicken has to be pressure cooked first to tenderised it. As usual the quantity of the chilly is flexible;you may reduce it.

So here's the video.

And here's the recipe:

Chicken with Bamboo Shoots in Spicy Gravy (Ayam Masak Lemak Rebung)
4 pcs. of chicken breast (cut in half or smaller pieces)
1 litre coconut milk
1 turmeric leaf
2 kafir lime leaf
2 lemon grass (bruised)
1 in galanghal ( bruised)
2 pcs. asam keping (alternatively juice from 1 lime)
2 tbs. turmeric powder
salt to taste


Chilly paste:
Blend the following ingredients with half cup of water.

3 pcs of fresh red chillies (remove the seeds if preferred)
10 pcs of fresh Thai chillies( quantity may be reduced or omitted )
5 shallots
3 cloves of garlic
1 in ginger

1) In a pan put in the chicken and the chilly paste with about 1/2 cup of water
2) Simmer for about 5 minutes
3) Add in the coconut milk, turmeric powder, bamboo shoots, lemon grass, kafir lime leaf, turmeric leaf and asam keping/lime juice.
4) Keep stirring the gravy to prevent it from curdling for 10 minutes.
5) Ready to serve.




Multiculturalism means the preservation of different cultures or cultural identities within a unified society, as a state or nation.

I can't speak for other people in other countries.I can speak about the multiculturalism in mine. I went to a Convent school which was multiracial. I am still a Muslim. No one tried to convert fact we have Islamic lessons for the Muslim students. I grew up in a village which was also multiracial though the majority was Malay. My mum's best friend was an Indian lady. They trade recipes very often.and went to watch Hindi movies together often too. The Chinese fish monger was every one best friend. The highlight of the mornings was when he came in his small lorry and the women congregate to swap village gossips while buying fish on credit.He has a small book for everyone.

Fast forward,in my urban neighbourhood the majority is Chinese. There are also the recent immigrants staying here. By recent I mean those that come here to work in the last 20 years or so. The immigrants, either legally or illegally are from Indonesia, Philippines, Bangladesh, Myanmar, China, India and very recently Africa and Middle East. Just the other day I met my friend's maid, an Indonesian,in the store. She was going back to Indonesia to celebrate Ramadhan there and later will go to Mecca to perform the Haj. Over the years we have become good friends and this parting was very sad for us both.

My point here is, look not with fear and suspicions at the person that is different from us culturally and belief wise but look at his/her humanity. They have hopes and dreams like everyone else and also the capacity to make a difference to the community.

“Toward no crimes have men shown themselves so cold-bloodedly cruel as in punishing differences of belief”

James Russell Lowell quotes (American Poet, Critic, Essayist, Editor and Diplomat, 1819-1891)

“There never were in the world two opinions alike, no more than two hairs or two grains; the most universal quality is diversity”

Michel de Montaigne quotes (French Philosopher and Writer. 1533-1592)

Take care of yourself in the meantime.Peace.
Jazakum Allahu Khairan,



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