Wednesday 5 June 2013

Satay Ayam Goreng / Food Panda Vouchers Giveaway

Even as a mum who cooks all the time, there are times I really don’t want to and neither do I want to go out for dinner. In such cases, food delivery options can be limited very much to fast food and pizzas delivery, which is definitely not ideal.

I’ve recently come to know about a food delivery service called Food Panda where you order and get food delivered from a large number of eateries and restaurants. And the choices of cuisine is mind boggling – from India, Italian, Chinese to Mexican!  All you have to do is to enter your postal code, choose the restaurant, and browse through the menu and order. It is that simple.

Food Panda is now giving two food vouchers worth S$25/RM$60 each to two readers residing in Singapore and/or Malaysia. With these vouchers, you’ll be able to try out their service for yourself!

Here’s how it works:
  1. Enter the following line in the comment box of this  below: I would like to try (Indonesia, Thai, Mexican, or whatever your choice of cuisine is) food through Food Panda! 
  2. You can find out what cuisine is offered through Food Panda on and
  3. Giveaway runs from June 5, 2013 to June 14, 2013. The lucky winners will be picked at 10pm on June 14, 2013. (Contest is now closed - winners will be notified on week of June 24 as my contact in Food Panda is away on vacation at the moment, sorry for the delay!)
  4. How winners will be notified: If you are a blogger, I'll leave a comment on your blog. If you are not a blogger, please ensure that you leave your email address in the comment box so that I can contact you easily. 
  5. The Food Panda Giveway is open to all residents of Singapore and Malaysia.

And now for the curry recipe that I want to share. Since I went for Violet Oon's cooking class, I've been wanting to try out her easy and delicious Satay Ayam Goreng at home. I've been busy cooking many other things and did not find time to do so till last week when I was looking for recipes to match Little Thumb's Up curry related theme. 

When I tried this dish at the cooking class, I fell in love with the aromatic gravy served with the chicken. Quite unlike other curry chicken recipes where there is a large amount of sauce, this recipe calls for the gravy to be cooked till it is thickened and reduced such that what's left is the wholesome goodness of the spices and fresh ingredients used in the sauce.  

What I really like about this recipe is that I didn't use any oil, or salt and sugar and it turned out really delicious. The dried chillies, fresh chillis, candlenuts and shallots form an amazingly fragrant spice mix which is then gently stewed in the coconut milk with an infusion of lime leaves and lemon grass. 

The result is a tender chicken pieces that is moist and flavourful and coated with that oh-so-good gravy. Perfect to serve with rice or bread. 

Satay Ayam Goreng (Serves 4 to 6)
Recipe by Violet Oon

  • 1 chicken cut into pieces of 1.2 kg of cut up thighs and breast of a chicken
  • 3 cups of thick coconut cream or freshly squeezed coconut cream from 2 coconuts
  • 1 - 1.5 tsp salt (I omitted)
  • 2 - 4 tsp sugar (I omitted)
  • 1 stalk lemongrass smashed, to allow flavours to infuse curry
  • 3 kaffir lime leaves, broken up, to allow flavours to infuse the gravy
  • 1 tbsp coriander powder* (I used ready-made coriander powder)
Spice/Curry Mixture
  • 5 dried chillies or 1 tbsp dried chilli paste
  • 5 candlenuts, washed and drained
  • 3 red chillies, sliced roughly
  • 150 g shallots, peeled, sliced roughly
  • 1 tsp belacan (shrimp paste) 

*Dry fry coriander seeds in frying pan till light fragrant. Grind in a coffee grinder and sieve to get dine powder. Discard the rough bits. Alternatively, buy ready-made coriander powder. 


1. Wash dried chillies, soak in hot water for about 1 to 2 hours till softened. Cut the stalks off and cut the chillies into small pieces.
2. Pound the candlenuts till semi-fine. Add the fresh chillies and pound till semi-fine. Add the dried chillies and pound for 3 to 4 minutes. Add the shrimp paste and pound well. The last ingredient to add is shallots. Pound till the mixture is very fine. Alternatively, you can grind the ingredients in a food processor till you get a smooth paste. Grind all the other ingredients first before adding the shallots for further grinding.
3. Mix all the ingredients (spice mix, coconut milk, lemongrass, lime leaves, chicken) in the sauce pan and bring to boil. Sprinkle the coriander powder into the pan and then add salt and sugar to taste. Simmer till the liquid is reduced and the gravy is thick. 
4. If the chicken is cooked (45 mins to 1 hour) and can be easily pierced with a fork, remove the chicken and further thicken the gravy till desired consistency.
5. Serve with rice, first removing the lemongrass and lime leaves.

This post is linked to the event, Little Thumbs up organised by Doreen from my little favourite DIY and Zoe from Bake for Happy Kids, hosted by Miss B from Everybody Eats Well in Flandersat this post.


  1. This curry sounds so good. The food panda idea is a really interesting one too!

  2.'re making me hungry again. Almost dinner time already! SO HOW???? haha....

  3. Hi Mich, i was just surfing through food panda's website the other day, mind boggling alright! I would like to try Thai food through Food Panda! Your satay chicken looks very delicious, the combination of spices is definitely a fragrant one, hope i get the chance to try this one day.

  4. Looks great - makes me drool!

  5. What ?! Nothing for us here in HK ?! lol Your curry looks so tempting ! The combination of spices sounds wonderful :)

  6. This looks really delicious, Mich! I could eat second helpings of rice with this one dish alone!
    Definitely love to enter the giveaway, sounds great!
    I would love to try Canadian food through Food Panda!

  7. Sounds delicious and looks great.. Thanks for sharing Mich.

  8. Mich, this chicken looks very flavorful...and I would love to have a bowl of white rice next to this dish :)
    Hope you are having a great week!

  9. This chicken looks absolutely lovely :)

    Choc Chip Uru

  10. That looks like such a good dish Mich. Full of the ingredients I love!

  11. Oh my! That chicken looks AMAZING. What a great dish Mich! Wish I was eligible for the giveaway. I'll just have to drool over these photos and make this dish! Thank you for sharing!

  12. I would like to try Mexican food through Food Panda!

  13. I would like to try Mexican food through Food Panda!

  14. Mich,
    This satay ayam goreng look so good!!!
    I would like to give this a go.
    Just want to know is this very spicy? 1 chili or 2 chili.(like in the restaurant's menu they rate the spiciness by showing 1 chili for mlid, 2 chili medium, 3 chili for Hot and 4 chili for super
    Thanks for linking this yummy dish to LTU.

    As for the Food Panda voucher i will give me chance to others..because there is no Food Panda oulet in East

    1. Hi Doreen, I don't find it very spicy at all. I say, 2 chilli for medium hee hee...

  15. Nice giveaway, Mich! OMG, the ayam goreng is making me drool! Send me some, won't u?? Hahaha!

  16. The dish looks so appealing and yummy. Wish I was qualified to win the voucher!!

  17. I would definitely love to try Japanese from Food Panda.

  18. I love the spices in your satay. We have a food delivery service similar to yours as well in Hong Kong. It has something like 100 restaurants on one site and then you place your order and then usually depending on where you live a great meal in less than an hour delivered directly to your door. If your sick and not feeling well this is a nice backup plan to have or even if your too tired after work.

  19. I would like to try Korean food through Food Panda! Please contact me at

  20. My Favorite Takeout Cuisine is Japanese because it's easy to eat anywhere.
    I'd love to try your satay ayam... the food looks so yummy!

  21. Wonderful yummy food especially the satay ayam goreng.

  22. Hi Mich,
    Thanks for submitting to my curry event! This satay ayam goreng looks very tempting, would love to attend Violet Oon's class one day, I have never attended a baking or cooking class in my life :)

    Btw, can I also join? I can give my voucher to my family in SG. I would like THAI food! =)

  23. The thick gravy sauce sounds really great. I think the sauce would be great with tofu or tempeh too.

  24. is violet a nyonya lady? her name actually rings a bell..this boiling method sounds so much easier and i truly believe that it's delicious !

  25. Looks great Mich! Think it's my first time hearing of this dish, but the spices combination certainly sound mouthwatering.

  26. Very yummy dish Mich! I know what you mean about not wanting to cook all the time! We all deserve a break sometime, we get tired like everybody else and sometimes getting a food delivery is well deserved!

  27. Love this one pot cooking method. Looks very yummy!

  28. Still in time to take part? I would like to try Thai Food through Food Panda!

  29. My kids love chicken so we eat it often. This looks like a delicious chicken! Need lots of rice to go with it. :)

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