Ajam Katjang

Photography Alice de Sturler

One of my family’s favourites is a simple meal of fresh vegetables, basmati rice, and ajam katjang. Ajam Katjang is a simple dish of baked chicken with peanut/soy sauce. Very often, the chicken is grilled on sticks and then the sauce is added or, you can bake the chicken and let it simmer in katjang sauce.

There are many recipes for katjang sauce but if you wish to make mine, try this.



garlic (fresh or powder)

pepper and salt

onions (finely chopped or powder)

peanut butter (creamy or chunky)

peanut pieces

brown sugar


kentjoer (sand ginger)

ketjap manis (sweet soy sauce)

sambal katjang


Work order:

In a non-stick pan, use the oil to fry garlic and onions and bake the chicken. I use filet cut in cubes. Add salt & pepper to taste.

In a separate bowl, mix the peanut butter (peanut bits optional) and a little bit of milk to make the mixture smooth. You should be able to stir a spoon through the peanut butter. If it drips off the spoon, it is too thin.

Add to taste: a small amount of brown sugar, kentjour (sand ginger), and to spice it up, sambal katjang. Smooth it out with ketjap manis. Last, add parsley.

All sauces are personal and experimental to me so I taste, mix, and add.

If you want a variation, use ketjap asin (salty soy sauce) with sambal trassi (shrimp based) but then be careful adding more salt.

Sate Paste
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You can also buy sate paste. I use either of these two when I am in a hurry: Satay Peanut Sauce by Por Kwan and King of Satay Paste by King.

Salamat makan, enjoy.

Simple butternut squash

Butternut Squash sprinkled with oil and spices in the air fryer/AdS

Butternut Squash has quickly become a family favourite here. Either soft or a bit firmer, both are beloved side dishes.

I buy butternut squash ready-to-use at the market. Then I do the following:

Put the cubes into a large container. Sprinkle vegetable oil (or any other oil) lightly over the cubes. Then I use the following spices:

  • salt & white pepper
  • garlic
  • onions or chives
  • paprika
  • parsley
  • cumin
  • koriander

I place a lid on the container and shake it thoroughly. My air fryer is built into the oven. I cover an oven sheet with parchment, spread out the cubes, and turn on the air fryer at 450 for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, I turn the cubes and set the broil on for 4 minutes. Depending on your broil settings, you may need to do just 2 minutes.