Thursday September 11, 2008
Savouring a royal recipe
By IAN MCINTYRE
KOTA BARU: For the first time ever, residents here can taste ayam percik (marinated chicken) made with the secret recipe of the Raja Perempuan of Kelantan Tengku Anis Tengku Abdul Hamid’s family.
Sold only during this Ramadan month, the stall is located along Jalan Padang Garong.
Many Muslims and non-Muslims have been gathering at the stall to see how the chicken is marinated and barbequed.
A customer buying the ayam percik made from a royal recipe in Kota Baru Wednesday.
The stall is the brainchild of Tengku Anis’ younger brother Tengku Abdul Rahman, who employs seven cooks to supply and market the ayam percik.
This is the first time Tengku Abdul Rahman, who manages a factory that produces processed chilli-mixed meat, is venturing into commercial food-making.
After much convincing from friends, Tengku Abdul Rahman, who maintains a low profile, allowed the stall to be featured in the media.
According to Tengku Abdul Rahman, the secret ingredient for the ayam percik is the sauce.
He said he thought it would be wonderful if the people of Kelantan can sample the sauce, which is usually only cooked and savoured by members of the state royal household.
“We take about two and a half hours to produce the sauce, which is blended with onions, chilli, coconut milk, herbs and spices,” he said.
“We take extra care when marinating the chicken to ensure it is not too fatty.”
The stalls sells an average of 30 birds daily when it opens from 4pm till 7pm, he said.
“The recipe can be traced to the ancient Pattani kingdom,” Tengku Abdul Rahman said.
Demand has picked up so much that he is opening stalls at the state royal family-owned Lazat Mesra restaurant in Kubang Kerian and near Hospital Universiti Sains Malaysia.
Tyre dealer Peter Ng said the taste is different from other ayam percik sold at the Ramadan bazaar because the sauce is thicker.
Secretary Daliza Hassan said the chicken sold came in large portions.