I think the Indonesians fry the best chicken. Their are always fragrant, crispy, delicious and full of flavour. My mother taught me to always add ginger to fried chicken. I can never figure what the chemistry is, but it always tastes wonderful.

Besides ginger, I also added tumeric, or yellow ginger. It makes the chicken look even more appetizing and inviting. Used a kampong chicken today, which means it is puny, but it is so delicious.


Wipe the chicken dry before seasoning



I pound the garlic, onion and lemon grass before adding the ground cumin, coriander and pepper to the mixture.


When all fried, it tastes like haven!

Ayam Goreng Berempah (Indonesian Spicy Fried Chicken)

Ayam Goreng Berempah (Indonesian Spicy Fried Chicken)


1 Chicken (1.5 to 2 kg), cut into 12 pieces

1 egg

2 Tbsp Corn flour

1 cup oil for deep frying

Seasoning (ground together)

1 tsp ground cumin seeds

1 tsp ground coriander seeds

1 tsp ground pepper

3 small shallots

4 clove garlic

1 lemon grass, sliced

1 knob ginger

1 knob tumeric

1-4 red chili (add according to how spicy you want)

1 Tbsp Oyster Sauce or worcestershire sauce

Salt and pepper


  1. Season the chicken with the ground seasoning sauce for about 30 minutes.
  2. Heat up the oil to low to medium heat.
  3. Add the egg and corn flour to the chicken and combine well.
  4. Fry the chicken until juices from the chicken run clear.
  5. Rest of 5 minutes before eating.
  6. Serve with steamed white rice.