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Ayam buah keluak

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Ayam Buah Keluak
A plate of Ayam Buah Keluak
CourseMain course
Place of originMalaysia/Singapore[1][2]
Region or stateIndonesia, Malaysia and Singapore
Created byPeranakan, Kristang
Serving temperatureRoom temperature
Main ingredientsmeat, buah keluak, gula melaka

Ayam buah keluak is a traditional Peranakan dish consisting of chicken (ayam), tamarind gravy and buah keluak nuts. It is normally served with rice. It is also one of the favorite dishes of Singapore's founding Prime Minister, Lee Kuan Yew and his son, Lee Hsien Loong.[3][4]


Ayam buak keluak is a famous Peranakan dish which can be found in Indonesian, Malaysian and Singaporean cuisine. Keluak and the tamarind gravy being the most important ingredient, it is one of the most time-consuming Peranakan dishes to make.[3] The spicy gravy consists of several spices including candlenuts, turmeric, chilli, galanga and belacan. Lemongrass and the flesh of the keluak will be added after the gravy was fried fragrant. Then part of the mixture will be mixed with chicken and then filled back into the keluak nut, and the rest of the mixture will be made into a thick gravy with chicken soup and tamarind juice.[3]

This dish is normally served with rice. Usually, people will consume the chicken, gravy and the mixture in the keluak nut.[3]


Although most Peranakan dishes were influenced by Hokkien and Malay cuisine, ayam buah keluak was influenced more by Indonesian cuisine since keluak is originally from Indonesia's mangrove swamps. It was brought to Malacca from Java and Sumatra when Malacca was an important trading port in the 15th century.[3][5]


Peranakans and Eurasians cook this dish in different ways. Peranakans usually remove the flesh from the nut, mix it with chicken, fill them back into the nut and then cook them in curry while Eurasians cook it in curry without taking out the flesh.[5] Sometimes chicken can be replaced by pork.[3] This dish is important to Peranakans who use the dish as a tribute to their ancestors. In Eurasian culture, this dish is considered a luxury.[5]

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  1. ^ "Ayam buah keluak | Infopedia". eresources.nlb.gov.sg.
  2. ^ Augustin, Kerry-Ann (April 16, 2017). "Cooking black gold | New Straits Times". NST Online.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Tan, Bonny (15 May 2013). "Ayam buah keluak". SingaporeInfopedia. Retrieved 5 October 2020.
  4. ^ "長於峇峇家庭 鍾愛娘惹菜". 明報. 24 March 2015. Retrieved 5 October 2020.
  5. ^ a b c Augustin, Kerry-Ann (16 April 2017). "Cooking black gold". New Straits Times. Retrieved 5 October 2020.

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