Wednesday, September 9, 2009

A Thai Affair...

Kai Haw Bai Toey
or Fried Chicken in Screwpine Leaf has always been huge on my order list whenever I eat out at a Thai restaurant. So for dinner just now, I made some to go with Thai-style pineapple fried rice, another one of my favorite Thai recipes. To wash down the palate, I also boiled some Chinese-style Lotus Roots with Pork Ribs Soup in a clay pot by simmering it on low fire for slightly more than an hour. Everything smelled so good (esp the fried chicken) and looked perfect!...till of course, my Hub came home, saw the dinner on the table and asked "No Thai green curry???"! ......*&^%$*%#@ SMACKKK!!!!

Anyway, he did compliment me later on and said that dinner was fabulous. And so, he was spared from doing the dishes (this time)!

Kai Haw Bai Toey or Fried Chicken in Screwpine Leaf


Finely ground paste:
4 cloves garlic
4 shallots
1 stalk lemon grass
1 tsp white pepper
1 tsp chillie powder

500 g chicken, cut into small pieces
1 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp sesame seed oil
2 tbsp fish sauce
Light pinch of salt
1 tsp dark soy sauce (optional)
Screwpine leaves (use 1 leaf to wrap 1 piece of chicken)
2 cups cooking oil for frying

- Mix the chicken with the finely ground paste. Add sugar, sesame oil, fish sauce, dark soy sauce & marinate for 1 hour.
- Wrap each piece of chicken with 1 screwpine leave. Use a toothpick to secure both ends of the leaf if you want to.
- Deep fry for 10-12 minutes and drain.

Pineapple Fried Rice


(Serves 2)
1 big bowl of cooked rice
Quarter of a medium ripe pineapple (cored & diced)
2 tbsp cooking oil
6 shallots, sliced thinly
2 tbsp dried prawns (soaked in water for 5 mins and drained)
150 g diced chicken meat
1-2 Chinese sausages (lap cheong)
2 tbsp Nam Pla or fish sauce
1 tbsp curry powder
1 tsp sugar
1 tbsp light soy sauce

- Heat the cooking oil and saute the shallots until brown and crisp. Set aside. In the same oil, saute the dried prawns until fragrant, then add in the chicken and sausages and saute for 3-4 mins.
- Add the fish sauce, curry powder, sugar, soy sauce, pineapple and rice. Mix well and continue frying for another 3-4 mins. Serve hot and garnish with coriander leaves and cucumber.



  1. WOW, pineapple fried rice... ini tampaknya enak sekali. Chicken look exquisite as well.

  2. Hey, hey! These look great!!! Love the presentation!

  3. WOW, I also want to make yummy!

  4. Wonderful fried chicken and pineapple fried rice. Looks awesome!

  5. I love Thai food....and this exotic fried rice looks very yummy.

    Angie's Recipes

  6. What a yummy meal! I would have done the dishes for you too :) Love your pineapple fried rice, it looks so delicious!

  7. you make my "to cook list" lined up with too many food to cook!!Thanks for sharing! I am still tired from 3 days camping, a lot of cleaning to do and my legs still sore from hiking..(excuses for no cooking) hehehe...

  8. Such a gorgeous presentation! It sounds so exotic and wonderful! Men - I think I would have still made my husband do the dishes!

  9. I miss the smell of daun pandan... thanks for the posting! Navigating your blog is like coming home to me.

  10. Haha, your husband is crazy...if I saw that on my dining table I would be pouncing on it like a starving wild cat!

  11. Hahaha, you are funny, then you must quickly learn how to cook green curry for your husband and remember to share the recipe with us.

  12. The chicken looks very tempting! i would love to make it, but i think without leaves, since we cannot find any types of leave around my area! :(

  13. The chicken looks superbly done. Kudos!

  14. What a delight of a fine meal!! The chicken looks fab so does the rice!!

  15. This looks delicious, especially the chicken! (My husband has done similar things.... he's cute so he gets to stay :))

  16. ahh men...all the same..haha. The chicken and rice look amazing! Thumbs up from me =)

  17. The chicken looks just scrumptious and I absolutely have to try this pineapple rice, excellent!

  18. You're so talented - you should send your husband to the kitchen and see what HE cooks!

  19. Pineapple fried rice sounds amazing good and so does the chicken, and oh yes, so does the soup. You know Nyonya, I think our hubbies get used to being spoiled by our cooking and things just slip out. I am with you though, when they say something like that, my eye twitches and I find myself counting inside my head until I know I am not going to say something I may regret later =).

    Thank you for your compliments on my driveway and yard! I can not image have no space to have flower pots or dirt to get your fingers dirty in...Although you do have an onion in a pot? Very nice =)

  20. This is such a beautiful and exotic meal. I would love to try this.

  21. wow!! you cook all my favourite food!! love the wing wrapped with pandan!!bet it's taste yummydelicious!

  22. *Elra*, terima kasih!

    *Talita*, *Mythreyi*, thanks!:)

    *Ancoo*, yummy & easy to make too.

    *Angie*, looks like we have the same palate for Thai food.

    *Kerstin*, come over & be my guest anytime ( don't worry, I'll still make my hub do the dishes!)

    *Wendy*, i know what you mean...i have a number of bookmarked food to try too & do not know where to start!

    *Barbara Bakes*, thank you. you're right, next time i'll definitely make him do the dishes, no escaping again. haha

    *blissfullydelicious*, daun pandan is very useful indeed. i'm sure you can plant it in the US where you live too? thanks for yr compliment :)


    *Sonia*, i've never tried green curry & yr suggestion is a good one!

    *cookingpractice*, try an Asian supermarket if there is one in your town.

    *Little Teochew*, thanks much.

  23. Thanks *Sophie* :)

    *Fearless Kitchen*, hahah. my hub pays for the house mortgage, so he gets to stay too :D heeh!

    *pigpigscorner*, yeah, MEN! haha. thanks for yr thumbs up. coming fr you who cooks so well, that's really great :D

    *5 Star Foodie*, happy trying & have fun!

    *Laura*, thank you very much for your compliment but i'm only half as good as many other blog friends who always impress me with their cooking. My hub can't cook at all...except for packet instant noodles!

    *Shandy* it happens to you too huh?! next time, make them do not just the dishes, but the pots, pans & cleaning of the stove too! btw, my pot of onion is growing rather well ;-)

    *Heavenly Housewife*, thanks & have fun if you do try it out.

    *Beachlover*, these dishes will be 'chicken feet' for you since you're a talented cook with our Asian-style home dishes.

  24. Pandan chicken is always my fav!! And pineapple fried rice, what can I say?? Lips smacking!!

  25. Petite Nyonya, your blog is amazing! I just love your recipes and photography. The pictures you take are so beautiful!

  26. discovered your site via noobcook..fantastic! definitely linking to our blog.

  27. *mycookinghut*, thank you:)

    *Palidor*, thanks so much for your lovely compliments but i don't think i have any photography skills at all. i just clicked close up shots with my mini digital camera. i don't even know how to use lighting effects ..haha!

    *Ravenous Couple*, thank you too! great that i found yr blog as well as you have so many Vietnamese recipes i would love to learn. :D

  28. this is a beautiful blog... great recipe

  29. I enjoy Thai food. Sometimes I make fried chicken in screwpine leaf. I must try your recipe.
    Meal times in your household muust surely be delightful with your bountiful talent:)

  30. Delicious!!! This sounds like it's packed with amazing flavors!

  31. Wow ! Very innovative ! Pineapple rice with lap cheong.

  32. This looks amazing!! I love anything Thai

  33. Your blog is always so interesting, not to mention delicious!

  34. I love thai food, especially pineapple fried rice! In fact, I just ate Thai food for dinner.

  35. Petite Nyonya, hi, it's me here.
    Hey, nice Thai cuisine. I like the pandan chicken.

  36. wah pandan chicken with pineapple rice! I wannntttt

  37. This looks delicious! I love fried chickens!

  38. Thank you Everyone for all your super wonderful comments :).

  39. I don't know what a screwpine leaf is but I do know this all looks mighty delicious, especially the pineapple rice! So pretty!

  40. Can I have both! They all seem wonderful!

  41. *the ungourmet*, you can definitely find screwpine leaves in Asian supermarkets. these leaves emanate a very fragrant smell.

    *Karine*, hop over to Spore, I'll cook for you anytime ;-)

  42. as a chinese, i feel ashamed to not able to make good chinese food. and the sad thing is i love asian food a lot. everything u cook is just great. i could hv it every single meal!
    btw, thx for stopping by my blog.
    let's keep in touch!

  43. Wow... Pandan leaves fried chicken, it's a dish that I want to attempt in my next cooking project. Yours look really yummy. Thanks for sharing your recipe!