Cook with Ayden: Ayam Satay Buah Keras

A couple of weeks ago my mom and I did a live Peranakan cooking demo at The Straits Hotel and Suites, Melaka. One of the dish we cooked is Ayam Satay Buah Keras.

Today, Ayden cooked the same dish at home but instead of using the wok, he used the rice cooker because he is too young to be handling a wok and a gas stove. If you wish to try cooking this dish, do use the wok and cook until the gravy gets thicker and chicken becomes tender. Add salt to taste. 

Like all Nyonya recipes, everything is just ‘agak-agak’. I never dare to ask my mom the exact measurements for the ingredients used unless you want to be smacked with her spatula. That is why even though I know the exact ingredients used in a particular dish, I can never get it done as good as my mom’s. This is what they call, “Tak boleh lawan tauke” :lol:


6 Chicken drumstick
5 Buah Keras (Candlenuts)
Belacan (Shrimp Paste)
2 Cili Merah (Red Chili)
6 Bawang Merah (Shallots)
3 Serai (Lemongrass)
4 Daun Limau Purut (Kaffir Lime Leaves)
Kunyit (Turmeric)


1) Blend buah keras, shrimp paste, red chili, shallots, lemongrass and turmeric until they formed a paste
2) Pour paste into a wok
3) Add chicken and daun limau purut
4) Cook until the paste has thicken
5) Add salt to taste

Watch this video to see how it is cooked:

If Ayden can do it, so can you :-P

Yum yum! Both Ayden and Ethan love this and are already asking for more :-D

7 Comments + Add Comment

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    i can’t help laughing…. cute chef in the making

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    What a cute little chef!!

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    Wahhhhhhhh!!! When I go KL, you must cook for me, ok, Ayden!!! Yum yummmmm!!!!

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    Wah, Ayden is going to thank mommy for teaching him to be a skillful chef!

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    Wow! Yummy! This is another cute and fantastic video of our Little Talented Chef promoting his ATA!! (Ayden’s Tasty Ayam). When he grows up, all these videos and postings would definitely motivate him to be the successful future leaders of our nation! Kudos mummy!

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    What a cute chef! ❤️

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    When I read the first sentence, I thought you were trying to write this in Ayden’s point of view hahaha!

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