I know that for some, Balinese cooking is all about fire! Yes, they do use a lot of chillies (hot chillies) in their cooking, but let me tell you something. Eating chillies is as good as eating chocolates! You get the same warmth and high after eating chillies! Plus, the Balinese’s use of spices makes their dishes very exciting.
another variatiion of Ayam Sisit, Journal Kami (source)
So today, I want to share with you a Balinese dish that I and my family have come to love (and I hope you will love it, too). This is a dish they call Ayam Seset (literally means, shredded chicken), and this is my version of the dish:
Shredded, cooked chicken (I use leftover roasted chicken bits or you can roasted chicken at the grocery, 1 whole)
Thumb sized ginger, finely chopped
Thumb sized galangal/turmeric, finely chopped
10 pcs. small, red shallots, finely chopped
6 cloves of garlic finely chopped
Lemon grass (root part), 3 pcs., finely chopped
Kafir lime leaf, 4 pcs, finely chopped
Big red chillies (not the hot variety), deseeded, 6 pcs, finely chopped
2 hot chillies (or it depends on how hot you want your dish to be), deseeded, finely chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
3 tsps. Vegetable/olive oil
1. Prepare all the ingredients.
2. In a hot wok/pan, pour in the oil and sautéed ginger, turmeric, shallots, garlic, and lemon grass, respectively. Lower the fire a bit
3. Add in the chillies (both hot and non-hot).
4. Add in the shredded chicken. Season with salt and pepper. Let cook with the spices for about 5 mins, stirring occasionally.
5. Add in the lime leaf. Let cook for another 2 mins.
Serve warm, and best served with steaming hot rice and cold cucumber on the side.
About the author: Sheryl is a Filipina mom to 2 awesome kids and wife to 1. She lives in Bali, Indonesia and is loving every minute of it!